Honda CR-V windshield washer not working – causes and how to fix it

The windshield wiper system is an important component for vision while driving, but it is also an essential safety component and necessary for driving in adverse weather conditions, so if a breakdown occurs, you need to get to the workshop as soon as possible to be in order.

However, as it is not immune to breakdowns, especially in wet weather, it is essential to plan for several scenarios in order to respond quickly and solve the problem.

This involves examining possible malfunctions that directly influence the proper functioning of your Honda CR’s windshield wipers, such as the fuse, pump, etc, which can even be tested before going to the shop, as it could be a relatively simpler and cheaper repair. And even if it occurs in the rain, it can be a quick repair.

Failures with windshield wiper ejectors in Honda CR-V

To improve the safety of our Honda CR-V vehicle, it is best to make regular checks, make sure that the fluid reservoir is always full, and do not leave the ejectors unused for a long time so that they do not become clogged. Even so, some kind of failure may occur, in which case you will have to repair them as soon as possible.

1. Clogged ejectors

One of the most common faults that are usually found is that the ejector outlets are clogged by dirt or lack of use, preventing the liquid from coming out normally.


There are two ways to solve this problem: inject pressurized air through the water tube to release whatever is causing the blockage, or place a pin through the ejector orifices to remove accumulated debris.

2. Misdirected ejectors

Water ejectors should point toward the center or bottom of the vessel. When they do not, it is because they are not oriented correctly and will leave parts of the glass surface dry, causing damage to the glass or brushes.


Fortunately, in most cases, the water can be directed in the desired direction. To control them, insert a pin into one of the ejector holes and guide it to an intermediate region.

Repeat the procedure in the other hole. Check to see if the problem has been resolved and, if not, readjust until the proper setting is obtained.

3. Washer pump fuse blown

To try to detect the failure of an electrical component in a vehicle, it is essential to check the fuse box, which is located under the steering wheel, in the trunk, or under the hood.

Since the windshield wiper system is a component, the condition of the corresponding fuse must first be determined in order to correct the problem.

As a general rule, vehicles have a small diagram, found in the model manual, where you can find the specified fuse for each component. To remove it, after finding it in the fuse box, it is necessary to use tweezers.

It is possible to do it by hand, although it is sometimes more difficult. The fuse is in excellent condition if the part that connects both legs has not been fractured or appears to be burned.

4. Pump failure

Another fairly common problem is the failure of the electric wiper pump, which is located at the front of the Honda CR-V vehicle.

It could be that the reservoir is empty or that the ejectors are clogged or the hoses are broken. Once other problems have been ruled out, if the ejector still does not release fluid, the problem is in the pump.


Turn off the engine, disconnect the pump connector and restart the engine. Ask someone to activate the wiper jets and check if the pump is powered (you should hear a slight vibration).

What Is The Location Of The Honda Cr V Washer Pump?

On the Honda CRV, the washer pump is usually located at the front of the vehicle on the right side. In order to see it, you will need to remove the wheel and the mudguard. You will then see a cylindrical pump located under the washer fluid tank.

If you still can’t locate it, I recommend that you look in your owner’s manual.

How To Change Windshield Washer Pump On Honda Crv

1. Allow the Honda CR-V to cool down.

The first and most essential step is to let the vehicle cool down. We cannot perform the procedure when the engine is hot because we run the risk of burning ourselves with a hose or the engine block itself. So, before starting work, let everything cool down completely.

2. Locate the windshield washer fluid reservoir.

The next step is to locate the windshield washer fluid reservoir. It is the most apparent component of the entire system, but it is very difficult to locate.

The reservoir cap, which is usually blue and has a wiper pattern on it, serves as a visual aid. Get it? Look at how it installs and how hard it is to get to all the nuts and bolts. That varies by model, but as a general rule, manufacturers put it in an easily accessible location.

3. Disassemble some parts

Regardless of their usefulness, you will almost certainly have to disassemble some components, such as the bumper or the inner wheel arch. These are usually components that are held on with mounting clips or a few screws.

It won’t take you long to figure out how to get to the windshield washer water pump. We suggest you draw a small diagram with the position of the nuts and take pictures in case you don’t remember how it was mounted.

4. To unscrew the reservoir

With the wiper reservoir visible and accessible, the next step is to remove it from the car chassis.

This movement is easy if you use some nuts, but it is important to be careful with the electrical wires and connections.

If we push the parts, we run the risk of breaking auxiliary components, which will complicate our life and make the repair more expensive.

5. Finding the pump

With the windshield washer fluid reservoir in your hands, turn it over, and there you will find the pump and the metering sensor. The pump is always located in the lowest part of the reservoir.

To remove it without forcing it, warm the area slightly with a hairdryer or something that emits heat. As the temperature rises, the plastic will expand and it will be much easier to remove the pump without forcing it or damaging the reservoir itself.

6. Wrap

Now everything is easier. Use hot air to enlarge the hole where the pump is placed once more, then insert the replacement component and let everything cool down. You can use hot water, but be careful not to get the electrical connections wet. W

ith the new windshield washer water pump installed, you can simply reverse the above procedures. Each step should be taken with caution, and everything should be connected carefully. Pay close attention to the connection sleeve; if it is not properly fitted, the circuit may leak water.

Price Of A New Washer Pump On Honda Cr V

Replacement of the windshield wiper pump will cost between $75 and $115. Labor for the replacement will cost between $45 and $55, and components between $30 and $60.

Final Thought

The windshield washer on your Honda CR can malfunction for a variety of reasons. Clogged windshield washer spray nozzles should always be your first stop when troubleshooting a problem.

Even for non-technical people, going to a shop is a good idea. If there is a problem, the technician can start fixing it right away.

Liam Dare

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