I just experienced my windshield wipers go out and with the help of the manual was able to figure our what fuse had blown. However, after replacing the fuse, my wipers worked but when I tried to use the windshield washer, it blew the fuse again. Has anyone else had this sort of problem? Could my windshield washer pump be the cause?
If the fuse keeps blowing it could be a bad pump motor; you can disconnect the pump motor wiring (not easy to get to) and try the washers again. If the fuse doesn't blow it's probably a bad motor. Here's a link to a replacement motor if you need it: http://www.carpartsshed.com/Catalog/Default.aspx?Make=Smart&Mod...
That would do it. Glad you didn't have to change the motor - it looks like a bear to get out.
Herbert V James said:
Thanks Jwight. It was the motor but not because it was bad. I discovered that the wiper fluid froze inside the unit despite the fact that the fluid was suppose to withstand 20 below temperatures. Once thawed, fuse stopped blowing out and everything worked fine. I guess a word of caution is needed here: be as sure as possible to use a quality wiper fluid that can withstand frigid temps.
Glad it worked out.