- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2004

It seems to be a harsh winter in many states this year, which means the windshield wipers are being called on for more than their normal share of work. Depending on your local road crews’ preferences, the use of chemicals or salt on the road means the windshield washer is also being called on more frequently.

In most cars, it’s a simple matter of turning on the windshield washer and letting the windshield washer fluid and wipers wipe off the scum.

The other important element is a windshield washer that works, so why isn’t the washer working today, even with a full tank of washer fluid?

Check the washer nozzles, the washer hoses and the washer motor wiring. If it’s still a no-go situation, the pump might be the culprit and should be replaced.

Be mindful, however, that the control switch can be a problem and that sometimes can be a recall item, especially if you are having problems with the wipers on General Motors pickups, minivans and sport utilities.

Just this month, GM is recalling 635,934 of its 2002 and 2003 GMC Envoy, Oldsmobile Bravada and Chevrolet TrailBlazer sport utilities because the wipers stop working, continue to spray washer fluid or don’t turn on because water can get into a control module.

This is the third time that GM has issue a major recall of its light truck line in less than six years. News wire services note that last May GM recalled 1.77 million 1995 through 1997 vehicles because a device that controls the wipers failed to work. Almost 1.6 million 1994 through 1996 light trucks were recalled in 1998 for the same defect.

Car owners, relax, because GM cars use a different design control module.

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