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2002 Focus ZX5 windshield washer pump not running


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msaeger
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Dec 14, 2013, 7:54 PM

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2002 Focus ZX5 windshield washer pump not running Sign In

Hello,

I have a 2002 Focus ZX5, 152K miles. I am not getting any washer fluid coming out of either the front or rear jets.

I don't think I hear the pump running.

The wipers do work on the front and rear.

I think the wiper motor and washer pump are on the same fuse from looking online at fuse descriptions but I don't know for sure.

With having front and rear washers run by two switches wouldn't there need to be two pumps or do they do it some other way?

(This post was edited by msaeger on Dec 14, 2013, 8:22 PM)


Discretesignals
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Dec 14, 2013, 10:15 PM

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Re: 2002 Focus ZX5 windshield washer pump not running Sign In

The wipers and washer motor share the same fuse (F56). The washer motor's polarity is reversed to cause the motor to spin backwards and feed the rear glass sprayer. If you don't hear the washer motor, you need to test for power and a ground at the washer motor connector while activating the washer. If you have power and ground, more than likely the washer motor is faulty.





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(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Dec 14, 2013, 10:25 PM)


nickwarner
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Dec 15, 2013, 2:15 PM

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Re: 2002 Focus ZX5 windshield washer pump not running Sign In

If you haven't done much electrical troubleshooting before, the easy way to do this is going to be getting a 12v test light which you can get at any parts store or tool shop for maybe ten bucks or so. Hook the clip onto the battery negative or a known good ground. Now probe in the back of the terminal of the plug, making sure you are actually getting contact with the metal. With someone holding down the wiper button see if the light will come on probing either of the terminals. If it does that means you have power. To check for ground, hook the clip of the light onto battery positive. Touching something with a ground will cause the light to come on, as lightbulbs are not polarity sensitive and will light up so long as they have power and ground.

This vid may help you make sense of electrical diagnosis. Eric gives pretty good information geared to the newer/ DIY type like yourself trying to get your hands dirty and save a few bucks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLVu2HYtOhA


msaeger
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Dec 23, 2013, 8:13 PM

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Re: 2002 Focus ZX5 windshield washer pump not running Sign In

So now the other day when I tried it I can hear the pump run. Nothing coming out still though. Maybe the inlet is plugged? Waiting until it gets warm enough to be outside and work on it. It's -15 now :)


msaeger
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Dec 26, 2013, 8:13 PM

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Glad I didn't try digging into this one to fix it now today after it got up to 20 something it is working. Something was probably just froze.

I need a heated garage I think :)


Discretesignals
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Dec 27, 2013, 7:46 AM

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Maybe you should drain your washer tank and put washer fluid in that can go down to the temp. You don't want the water in there to freeze and crack your pump or lines.





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nickwarner
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Dec 28, 2013, 5:53 AM

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Blue washer fluid turns into slush at those temps. You need to run the purple stuff when it gets real cold out.






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