Has your windshield washer quit? Here's how to find out what's wrong; chances are you can fix it yourself.

It seems obvious, but check the fluid level in the reservoir. Plenty of liquid? Then is the pick-up hose down in it?

If the hose is in fluid, then trace it to the other end, to be sure the pick-up hose is still connected to the windshield washer pump.

Okay so far? Pull one of the nozzle hozes off the pump and turn on the windshield washer. If fluid squirts out, you've found the problem -- the nozzle is clogged at the windshield. Check out the other nozzle.

You may or may not be able to unclog them yourself, depending on how accessible they are. If you can get at them, try using a needle or pin.

Or disconnect the hose where it connects at the nozzle and use compressed air to blow the nozzle out. If your gas station won't let you use their air hose, or you can't get at the nozzle hose to disconnect it, this method is out. h

After clearing the nozzles, connect the hoses back up and turn on the windshield washer to make sure it works okay. In the future, use the windshield washer occasionally even if you don't need to. This helps keep the nozzle openings clear. Plus it helps keep the seals moist and other rubber-like components of the system moist.

If no fluid comes from the pump although there's plenty in the reservoir, and the pickup hose is okay, then either the pump is bad, or it is not getting electrical current.

A mechanic can quickly tell you if the motor is bad, or if the problem is the result of a bad electrical connection. If the motor is bad, you will have to rebuild or replace it.

One last thing. Sometimes a nozzle hose will slip off the nozzle. So no fluid comes out the nozzle, even though the nozzle isn't clogged. Be sure to make sure each nozzle hose is connected.