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universal windshield washer pump
universal windshield washer pump

WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP

For proper maintenance of your windshield wipers, remember to check that the windshield washer pump is still functional. The windshield washer pump is an essential piece of equipment that is inseparable from the windshield wiper mechanism. This accessory allows you to wash your windshield if it is dirty thanks to a tank suitable for it. It is present on the front windshield washing mechanism, but can also be positioned at the rear or on the vehicle's headlights. Dirt has stuck to your windshield, with a little jet of water and a good wiper, that's it. It looks like a cylinder containing water to which a small motor is attached which causes the jet. This small element may break down or become blocked, preventing you from using your windshield wipers optimally. It is possible to repair it, but it is always preferable to replace it if it is the motor that is blocking or in the event of clogging. Replacing this part, however, requires certain mechanical skills, because it is difficult to access. To avoid getting involved in connections and wires, call a professional.

Windshield washer pump failure

There are several external causes that can cause this item to fail. It is also possible that the fault comes from the mechanism or the motor of the ice pump. The windshield washer pump is supposed to last throughout the life of the vehicle, but it can fail under certain circumstances. The major causes which can lead to the failure of this accessory are various: the cold which freezes the liquid compartment, the pump motor is clogged, the pump is blocked by dust or other debris, the seals are no longer watertight, or oxidation of electrical system pins. In some cases, changing the part is preferable. If it is oxidation, remember to clean the electrical contacts with gasoline or suitable products. If there are joints that are no longer watertight or leaks, it is essential to change the part. It is difficult to guard against the breakdown of this element, however there are obvious signs which will allow you to know when this part will fail. If the pressure starts to be low or the jet is not powerful enough,your windshield washer pump will break down.

Changing and repairing the windshield washer pump

As soon as you feel that the windshield washer pump is no longer working optimally, remember to check it. However, it will be necessary to diagnose that the problem comes from the pump, so as not to damage other parts. A good mechanic will be able to detect if the fault really comes from the pump within a few minutes. If the fault comes from this part, you can try to repair it if the damage is not internal. However, the cost of the part being affordable, it is preferable to change it directly for greater assurance. It is possible to purchase the part at the usual service points, however you will need to check the reference you need, as well as the size and accessories provided. The part being standard, there are however several brands of windshield washer pump, it is up to you to choose the brand you need. Installing the new part is quite difficult; several elements will have to be dismantled before having access to the pump. Installation will consist of dismantling and screwing in the new pump, respecting the negative and positive marks and the water inlet pipes to be connected.