At least my windshield is clean
Don't really have any questions or anything for anyone, just wanting to vent a little frustration.
Well, guess I should start from the beginning:
Leaving the parking lot at my apartment complex this morning I noticed the previous night'* light rain had left a thin spotty layer of dirt on my windshield. Having the technically advanced vehicle which I was currently driving, a simple pressing of the washer fluid button seemed to solve the problem, and thoroughly cleanse the windshield. A little too thorough, however, as the steady flow of blue fluid seemed to have no end. Upon further review, I noticed the said washer fluid button was uncharacteristicly depressed, with no sign of returning to its original position. This then led to frantic, yet fruitless effort to pull the button out. After several minutes, expectedly, the washer fluid reservoir was run dry, and the monotonous drone of a running motor became unbearable. Arriving at the babysitter'* house, turning off my vehicle provided a temporary moment of relief, as the relentless noise was silenced. Using a tiny screwdriver, the button easily slid out of its socket, and came to rest on my passenger side floor mat. I retrieved said button, and upon examination, determined that there was no major discrepency with it, nor the shaft on which it is usually located. After checking the inside of the shaft, it was obvious how the mechanism operated. Inside the shaft, there are two "switches": one for the washer fluid, and the other for the operation of the wipers themselves. The button was designed so that upon depressing it, two plastic tabs slide between the switches enough so that the two ends of metal touch, thus completing the circuit for each switch. Apparently, for some random, unknown reason, the button had become jammed, and unable to return to its normal position, both switches became activated indefinitely. After several unsuccessful attempts to replace the button, it was obvious that a trip to the dealership service department was inevitable. The threat of washer fluid motor/pump burnout was temporarily eleviated by inserting a folded piece of paper between the two metal ends of the switch; the wiper movement, however, was left as it did not seem like an immediate problem.
Now, I sit anxiously waiting for the telephone call from my service representative (I know him personally as I have had transmission problems and he has gone the extra mile to make sure I am satisfied). Thankfully, my car is under warranty until 100k miles--an extended warranty whose cost has already been paid for from previous work done.
Wow, I feel a lot better now.