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Headlights dim / lamp failure while using windshield washer (also blows fuse)

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Noticed a burning smell a few mornings ago, smelled like electrical. Went to use my windshield washer yesterday and there was nothing. Found a popped fuse. Replaced it, and tried it again tonight. Washers sprayed, headlights dimmed, cid popped up with driver low beam failure for a split second, then nothing. Popped the fuse again. I’m more curious as to how or where the headlights would be tied in to the washer pump. Wondering if the burning smell came from the stalk, or something in the engine compartment. Any clues or directions to head?
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My headlight washer pump literally cracked in half, and hadn't worked for years. I don't know how it cracked, it used to work, it was never run without fluid, and it always had antifreeze fluid in the tank. Also the hoses were hanging down and no matter how many times I zip-tied them in place, always seemed to escape.

I bought a fluid tank from a car without Xenons, programmed out the headlight washer, and removed it all entirely. Now I clean the headlights with a rag when they become dirty, which is basically never.

(@Germaniac will be through soon to tell me that the authorities are already on their way to arrest me for having Xenons without the legally required headlamp washer. 😉🍻)
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