2002 VUE Front windshield wash

Discussion in 'Saturn VUE' started by Vince Brophy, Jan 20, 2005.

  1. Vince Brophy

    Vince Brophy Guest

    I have a 2002 VUE. The front windshield washer control appears to be
    temperature sensitive.
    When below freezing and I pull the lever to clean the windshield, either:
    - nothing happens 80% of the time or
    - wipers move as designed 15% of the time or
    - miniscule amount of windshield cleaner makes it to the bottom 6 inches of
    the windshield 5% of the time.
    Anybody know what the problem is?
    Vince Brophy, Jan 20, 2005
  2. Vince Brophy

    Paul Elliot Guest

    It's FROZEN! Try using a winter grade washer fluid.
    Paul Elliot, Jan 20, 2005
  3. Vince Brophy

    Vince Brophy Guest

    thanks for the feedback but I don't think that is the problem.
    1. The car is in the garage all night (40-50 degrees) and still has the
    problem first thing in the AM.
    2. Rear window cleaner works fine with same fluid/reservoir
    3. Wife's car works with same fluid, which is rated to -20 degrees.
    4. Why would the wipers not move if just the cleaner fluid was frozen.
    Any other thoughts are welcome..........Vince
    Vince Brophy, Jan 21, 2005
  4. Vince Brophy

    Vince Brophy Guest

    For those interested, the problem is the control switch. Cleaning works if
    the wipers are in
    the intermittent or on position, will not work if wipers are in the default
    off position.
    Cleaning worked fine with wipers in off position up until a few weeks ago ~
    about 60K miles..........Vince
    Vince Brophy, Jan 26, 2005
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