Appears the factory has used TOO much di-electric grease on the
windshield washer pump connector. It causes the contacts to not make
good electical contact. I did one yesterday (12K miles) which was still
on warranty but....the front bumper pulls off easily (15 or so) with the
removal of the PLASTIC clips and three bolts (1 wheel well and two under
rear passenger side bumper) and slides out exposing the pump and bottle
at the bottom. The Element I did was FULL of grease on the connector.
Cleaned and all is good now !!
I'll check that out - I have an 03 element that the front washer pump
doesn't work on.
I posed a related question here recently, but got no response - do you
know which fuse is associated with this pump? None is labeled as such,
but I'd guess one of them handles this.
The fuse works the wiper arms too. Are you wiper blades moving at all ?
If they are and you pump does not spray, it the grease issue. I looked
at the fuses first before removing the bumper to make sure and I think
it's labeled "washer" or "wiper"... but I'm sure the fuse is fine. Let
Thanks! Yes, the wipers are working, so it's not the fuse. It's my
wife's car, and we were discussing this this evening, and removing the
front bumper sounds like a pretty big job for someone who doesn't have
a manual, and the thing is due for it's 25k service, so I'll just let
the pro's do it. Thanks for your input though! Glad to know this is a
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