Dodge Journey windshield washer not working – causes and how to fix it
A working windshield washer ensures a clear view while driving; however, if no fluid comes out of the nozzles when you turn on the washer on your Dodge Journey, there could be several reasons for this; we’ll explain what they are and what you can do about it in this article.
1. Clogged spray nozzles
The easiest way to check if the pump is working is to listen for the whirring sound coming from the front of your Journey. If you hear the whirring sound coming from the front of your Journey, it’s most likely working.
Video: Replacing washer nozzles in Dodge Journey
To replace the windshield washer nozzles on your Journey, you don’t need to go to a shop; instead, follow these simple steps. Important: Make sure the fluid is being pumped normally and that the hose is working normally.
2. Blown fuse for washer pump
If the fuse for the Journey windscreen washer system blows, replace it with a new one with the specified amp rating. To check the fuse, pull it out of the fuse box with a fuse puller or needle nose plier.
3. Pump failure
If the electric pump that feeds fluid to the nozzles in your Dodge Journey has failed, a simple noise test can tell you if your windshield washer is not working. Park your vehicle in a quiet area and try to hear the pump whirring.
No power to pump
If you don’t hear a whirring sound from the pump when you turn on the windshield washer system on your Dodge Journey, check the fuse first. If the fuse isn’t blown, remove the electrical connector from the pump to see if the pump is getting any power.
Video: Replacing washer pump in Dodge Journey
You don’t need to take your car to a mechanic to replace the windshield washer pump; it can be done at home in a few simple steps, as shown in this YouTube video by BBC Wales and BBC Wales weather presenter Chris Packham.
4. Leaking hose
If the hoses are cracked, loose, or leaking, they must be replaced; if the elasticity of the rubber hose at the connection point to the nozzle decreases, an exchange is also recommended; and the hoses could have easily fallen off due to vibrations in the engine compartment.
5. Blocked hose
A dirty or pinched hose can cause a windshield washer system malfunction. To diagnose, open the hood and pull the hose end out of a windshield washer nozzle. Inspect the entire hose and clear any blockages before applying washer fluid.
6. Frozen washer fluid
Water expands by around ten percent when it freezes, which can lead to a well-filled container bursting. The windshield washer reservoir in the Dodge Journey should also be thoroughly examined for cracks and holes.
7. Faulty switch
Low voltages at the pump’s electrical connector can also cause the problem in rare cases.
8. Empty reservoir
Double-check the washer fluid reservoir in your Journey; you may have forgotten to refill it, or you may have recently refilled it; a leak in the reservoir or the hose could explain why water is coming out of the faucet.
There are a variety of reasons why your Dodge Journey’s windshield washer may not be working properly, the most obvious of which is clogged washer spray nozzles. In any case, it is recommended that laypeople visit a workshop where a mechanic can directly initiate the repair.
How do you remove a windshield washer nozzle?
Push in the tabs on the washer nozzle with a medium flat head screwdriver to pop it out; if the nozzle is held in place by a screw, unscrew it first, then the nozzle will come off. Note: Some vehicles may have a hood protector.
Why is my wiper fluid not coming out?
It’s possible that your windshield wiper nozzles are clogged; polish can easily clog these nozzles, and the location of the nozzle jets varies from car to car. Finally, if you can’t figure out what’s causing your windshield wiper fluid not to spray, contact your local repair shop.
How do I know if my windshield washer pump is bad?
Washer fluid not spraying evenly, no fluid spraying onto the windshield, and the pump not engaging when the system is turned on are all common signs.
How much does it cost to fix a windshield wiper pump?
Windshield Washer Pump Replacement Cost – RepairPal Estimate. Labor costs are estimated to be between $73 and $92, with parts costing between $45 and $66. This range excludes taxes and fees, as well as your specific vehicle and location.
Where is the windshield washer pump fuse located?
The location of the fuse can be found on the fuse box cover or in the owner’s manual; the fuse is labeled “Washer,” as shown in the photo. Most cars have at least two fuse boxes, one under the hood and the other inside the vehicle.
How do you know if your windshield wiper fluid is frozen?
If your fluid won’t spray at all and the jets are clear of snow, your fluid reservoir is either empty or frozen, which is bad because it can crack your tank. The best way to check is to look under the hood to see if the reservoir is empty.
Can I put antifreeze in my windshield washer?
Do I need to add anti-freeze to my windshield washer fluid during the winter? Well, that’s true up to a point. But this business of putting anti-freeze in the windshield washer like you would in the radiator isn’t a good idea at all! See, anti-freeze can often damage paint.
What happens if windshield wiper fluid freezes?
If your washer fluid freezes, thaw it out immediately because freezing can cause the reservoir to crack or the pump to be damaged as the water expands, causing all of your washer fluid to leak out and your windshield washers to stop working.
Are windshield washer nozzles universal?
Replacement of a failed Washer Nozzle will restore the proper spray pattern, keeping your windshield clear and your vision of the road unobstructed. Product Features: Replacement of a failed Washer Nozzle will restore the proper spray pattern, keeping your windshield clear and your vision of the road unobstructed.
Can you adjust windshield washer nozzle?
If your washer nozzles are shooting water too high or over the roof of your car, re-aim the nozzle down by inserting the adjusting pin into the washer jets’ eye and gently re-aiming the jet towards the center of the windscreen.