Why are my windshield wipers not spraying?

My windshield wipers aren’t spraying out any wiper fluid when I turn them on. I couldn’t see anything blocking the wipers, so I’m not sure why they aren’t working. Why are my windshield wipers not spraying?

Payton Ternus · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
I’m sorry to hear your windshield wipers aren’t spraying out any wiper fluid, but there is good news—windshield wipers are pretty affordable, especially compared to other car-related expenses like A/C or
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The windshield washers found in your windshield wiper system are fairly reliable components. If they stop working, it’s typically the result of one of two things—a dead pump or a clogged nozzle.
Here is how you can troubleshoot the issue:
  • Check the fluid level in the windshield washer fluid reservoir to make sure it isn’t empty
  • Turn on the ignition, leave the engine off, and listen to see if you can hear the washer pump running
  • Check the washer nozzle jets for any clogs
Once you determine what the problem is, you can either fix it yourself or have an expert handle it.
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