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How to Unclog Windshield Wiper Washers or Sprayers

Clive Williams is an internet researcher and writer on many genres. He has a BSc. Degree in Information Systems.

Windshield Wiper Clogged

Windshield Wiper Clogged

Your windshield wiper washers are very essential in maintaining a crystal clear view of your driving environment. A good view can make a big difference in safe driving. It can make the difference in you having an accident or reaching home safe to your loved ones. But one problem drivers face on a regular basis is that their windshield wiper washer gets clogged up and thus doesn't allow washer fluid to be sprayed onto the windshield to help keep it clean and clear.

When your wiper sprayer gets clogged, you don't have to run to the nearest auto parts store, you can simply clean out the clogged material from the sprayer yourself. Follow the steps below to get your windshield washer spraying fast again.

Tools Needed

  • Flat-head screwdriver. You will need the flat screwdriver to pry off the washer from the bonnet of the car to work on it effectively.
  • A long pin. You will this pin to clear the clogged-up holes in the windshield washer.
  • Vinegar (optional). Can be used to soak the washer to release debris causing the blockage.

How to Unclog the Windshield Washer

  1. Use the flathead screwdriver to pry the windshield washer nozzle out of the car bonnet.
  2. Retrieve the long pin and insert it into the holes of the washer to break up any debris in the washer. Insert the pin in and out several times to ensure the debris is properly broken up.
  3. Turn on the ignition in your car and use the washer switch in the car to activate the washer to spray out any debris. You will have to do this several times to properly clear the windshield washer.
  4. If the washer is still clogged you may have to remove the washer from the hose to soak it in vinegar.
  5. Soak the washer in the vinegar for at least 30 minutes. Insert the pin into the nozzles to help clear debris.
Windshield Washer

Windshield Washer

1. Using Screwdriver to Remove Windshield Washer from Bonnett

Use the flathead screwdriver to pry the windshield washer nozzle out of the car bonnet.

Identify Clogged Piece

Identify Clogged Piece

2. Clogged Windshield Washer in Car

Identify the clogged piece!

Clear the blockage.

Clear the blockage.

3. Use a Pin to Clear the Clogged Windshield Washer

Retrieve the long pin and insert it into the holes of the washer to break up any debris in the washer. Insert the pin in and out several times to ensure the debris is properly broken up.

4–5. Make Sure Everything Works!

Start your vehicle and use your windshield wipers. If the blockage still hasn't cleared, try soaking it in vinegar.

So What Causes the Windshield Washer to Clog?

Now that you have cleared your clogged windshield washer sprayers, you should educate yourself on what contributes to many of these clogged washers in the first place. Take a look at the pointers below.

  • Use piped, mineral-rich water in your windshield washer reservoir. Hard water should never be used inside the reservoir as it contains many impurities and contributes to the build-up of calcium in the reservoir nozzles that can create a block.
  • Parking your car in a very dusty environment. Dust particles may end up inside the nozzles which will block the flow of the washer fluid.
  • Leaving the cap open In the washer reservoir. You may just forget to cover the reservoir after a refill. Dust and dirt will get into that uncovered reservoir and eventually end up blocked inside washer nozzles.

Following these tips should help prevent a clogged windshield sprayer.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.