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Old 04-22-2005, 11:42 AM   #1
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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.
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Wow, that sucks. I thought this was going to be a thread like mine where your windsheild got cracked and you got a new one, lol... Mine should be replaced this afternoon!

Atleast they're taking care of you. You might want them to check out the washer pump as well because running for that long on and dry is not good!
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I suppose unhooking the pump didn't come to mind.
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I suppose unhooking the pump didn't come to mind.
Yes, but that wouldn't solve the constantly running windshield wipers. Plus, I'm not familiar where the pump is located and was on my way to work and didn't want to be any more late than I had to.
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that sucks. I wouldn't know how to disable the pump either. The windsheild washer resevoir tank is located in the fender and you can't even see it. I don't even know where the pump is located at. I can't see it.
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hey Dad why is that guy driving with his wipers going? its not raining.














sorry j/k
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Last week end my 2002 Bonneville had the same problem with the windshield wipers running all the time. While trouble shooting I found out that the washer push button switch was broken. I had removed the 30 AMP fuse, and used that point to ground to verify about 1.9 ohms of resistance to ground. I was measuring the resistance of the motor to ground, and by playing with the bad switch finally got it to read open. The dealer installed a new one and also the left tie rod end that was bad. Total cost of $480.00, but only $103.00 for my part as I had to pay for the front end alignment and my extended warranty deducible. The new Switch was about $75.00 from the dealer, and I am pretty sure I could have replaced it.
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I don't even know where the pump is located at. I can't see it.
Pump is located on the side of the washer container in right side fender area. It is relatively easy to replace if needed. The right front wheel house extension must be removed to gain access to the washer container.
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