How To Change Windshield Washer Pump

Today we’re going to discuss changing your windshield washer pump. We’ll go ahead and categorize this task as an intermediate level project (if you’re thinking beginner, intermediate and advanced) You’re going to need some tools to knock this project out. Here is a list of what you will need:

  • voltmeter or 12VDC test light (to check voltage at connector)
  • piece of hose / siphon (to remove as much washer fluid as possible)
  • small flat tip screwdriver
  • 10mm socket & ratchet
  • vise grip or decent pliers
  • brass or steel brush (old toothbrush also helpful)
  • Q-tips for additional cleaning
  • hot water (works well at removing loose rust/dirt)
  • CRC Electronic Cleaner (MAF Cleaner works too)
  • Electrical tape (if housing is cracked)
  • about 45-60 minutes (a refreshing drink wouldn’t hurt either)

Step 1:

First siphon as much washer fluid from the tank as possible. If your tank is already empty then great! But if you have a lot of fluid still in the tank it would be best to drain it or be quick with the tank removal so that all that fluid does not wind up all over the place.

Then remove the 10mm bolt holding the windshield washer tank in place:

Step 2:

Unplug the electrical connector from the washer pump:

Step 3:

Lift the washer tank up slightly and using a small flat tip screwdriver gently pry the black plastic bracket tab from the tank and remove the bracket:

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