Join Date: Jan 2011
Car Year: 2010
Car Model: Outback Limited
Worked for me!
My wife's 99 Forester washer pumps had quit completely. Today, I had the reservoir raised up out of the way to change to new plugwires (original wires took us to 236,000 miles--not bad! I remember when plugwires were good for 30-60,000 or so)
I decided to check out why the washer pumps wouldn't work. After googling and finding this thread, I tried the fix.
I removed the wiring connectors, which were filthy and filled with a cream colored crud. Not sure if that was some kind of dielectric grease or what. It just looked bad, so I cleaned it out as best I could, and cleaned off the spade connections with an alcohol-dipped q-tip. I pushed some clean dielectric grease into the connectors before reassembling. I had also removed the pumps from the reservoir completely, so I cleaned them up a bit and rapped them several times to try to jar things loose inside.
It much easier to remove and reassemble all of this than I'd expected; the worst was dealing with the very short wiring & tubing lengths, but not all that bad. Once back together, I ran the pumps again and the front pump works just fine now. The rear hasn't been successful yet, but I may give it another try when my wife is around to have her hold the washer button on the control stick and I'll tap on it at the same time. It does sound like the pump is running when asked for.
I might also have a problem in the tubing between the pump and the rear wiper, so I'll remove the hose and try again to see if it's even moving any liquid.
In any case, thank you to the original poster of this thread! Even with a new pump, I'd have had to go through all the same steps to remove and reinstall. I'm glad I saved $20-40 on pumps!
99 Forester S 236,000 miles
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