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      Windshield Washer Stopped Working

      Hey everyone,

      Long time lurker, but this is my first post. I have a 2013 S60 T5 with about 80k miles on it that had been problem free until now.

      Recently, NC had a major snowstorm and had temperatures in the single digits 2 nights in a row. I thought that I had winter windshield wash in the tank, but apparently it froze. I tried to pull the stall to do windshield wash and it didn't work. I did not continue to do it becuwee I assumed it was just frozen. Now that temps are back above freezing, it still does not work. There is plenty of fluid in the tank and the headlight washer still works. Do you guys know any tips or things to check out to try to troubleshoot? I have done all of the maintenance on this car myself, so I know my way around the car and hope to avoid taking it in for service if I can. Any help is greatly appreciated!

      Thanks!


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      Check the fuse? Not sure of the number off hand.
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      Yeah, a fuse would be the first thing to check. It might have overloaded and blew the fuse.
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      Windshield Washer Stopped Working

      It can also be a blown tee on the washer nozzles, the tend to pop off under pressure. You might be spraying water in the engine bay.

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      Quote Originally Posted by moorewr View Post
      I tried to pull the stall to do windshield wash and it didn't work.
      Same thing happened to me a few years back. The washer bottle was full of Volvo brand fluid. One dark, cold and snowy morning I went to hit the washers but nothing came out. But what was worse and most frightening was that the wipers activated anyway and without fluid just smeared the entire windshield opaque. It was still dark in the morning and I could not see a thing! I was literally driving blind on the highway. Scares me to this day just thinking about that morning. Wipers should not be tied to the washers for this very reason. I flipped the wipers on high desperately trying to clear a spot and managed to get about a 1/2" strip to see through. Fortunately it was enough to see where to pull over (which wasn't easy on a snow covered highway). I used snow to clear the windshield to get to work. It wasn't as cold as your experience so they did work in the afternoon after temps got above freezing. I could hear the pump spinning so the bottle must not have been frozen (maybe why my fuse didn't blow) but if you didn't hear the pump it could have been frozen and activating a seized motor could blow a fuse.

      The washer pumps for headlight and windshield are separate. Check fuse F9, F10 and F11A/1. These are all in the windshield washer circuit. The washer pumps are accessible via the driver's side front wheel well. You'll have to remove the front portion of the wheel well cover to gain access then both pumps are right there as is the low fluid sensor. I think I have a pdf on removing the wheel well cover if you need to go there.
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      I will check the fuse, I have already checked the fittings and it doesn't appear to be spraying into the engine bay.


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      I had washer fluid freeze twice in two different cars, so that was my reason for it not working...
      (Both times it was after the "dealer service", don't know what the hell they put in there...)

      The first time I had it fixed at the dealership. They said it was done under warranty.

      Not sure if you have CPO or not, or it would even be covered under it, but worth a shot if you do?

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      Quote Originally Posted by rumyn View Post
      I had washer fluid freeze twice in two different cars, so that was my reason for it not working...
      (Both times it was after the "dealer service", don't know what the hell they put in there...)
      I read somewhere that the dealer uses a concentrate which they then mix with water themselves, so I can see how a mixture can be off if the tech that's mixing a batch doesn't read the instructions, or doesn't care. Regardless, after that experience, I request no washer fluid be added anytime I visit the dealer.
      Last edited by ecoDrive; 01-25-2017 at 07:41 AM.
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      Quote Originally Posted by ecoDrive View Post
      I read somewhere that the dealer uses a concentrate which they then mix with water themselves, so I can see how a mixture can be off if the tech that's mixing a batch doesn't read the instructions, or doesn't care. Regardless, after that experience, I request no washer fluid be added anytime I visit the dealer.
      The Volvo concentrate is around 1:100 if I recall, very little of the stuff is needed according to instructions. Says its good for well below 0 F, at least I hope it is.

      They left a bottle for me in the car when I got the 1 year service, and I thought it was similar to some other 50/50 mixes.... big mistake. I'm still trying to dilute that stuff in the reservoir. Everytime I wash the windshield I get a very strong smell through the air vents (which indicates there really is no filtering of the air that enters the cabin for odors).
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