I don't know how the 2001 is arranged under the hood, but in my 1998 Sable,
my washers weren't pumping, either. Why? The line running from the washer
fluid tank to the "squirters" was decomposed to the point where water was
just squirting all over the inside of the engine compartment. This is due
to the amount of heat in that area of the engine compartment. I went to
Auto Zone and bought some generic rubber hosing of about the same size,
then got some plastic connectors. I cut it to the proper length and
connected the new hose to the remaining hose already on the car that was
still in good condition. My washers pump fluid perfectly now. Apparently
the person who owned this one before me couldn't figure it out, either. My
windshield has all kind of scratch damage caused by running the wipers dry
on a dirty windshield.
I had the same problem with my 93 Taurus; but, instead of purchasing a
replacement switch I took it apart and found two of the three wires had
broken. A quick touch of solder and reassemble resulted in a fully
functional system. One of the other symptoms of a broken wire, in my case,
was the intermittent wiper function ceased to work. I your case one of the
other three must have broken.
Removal of the switch and disassembly isn't hard, just remember where all
the parts go.
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