Experiencing blurred vision during driving doesn't necessarily mean that your eyesight's deteriorating. Your vehicle's windshield might just be so dusty that you can no longer clearly see the road ahead. So why prolong the agony when the solution's easy? Clean the windshield! And to make sure that you can do that quickly, keep your vehicle's washer pump in good shape. When the washer pump fails, the windshield washer fluid isn't sent through the nozzle and onto the windshield. The wipers, in turn, can't completely clean the windshield of dirt and grime. Sure, you can manually clean the windshield using a hose and some soapy water container. But why make things harder for yourself when it only takes a matter of minutes to browse our catalog and find your vehicle's next washer pump? Here at Carparts, high-quality parts are sold much cheaper too!
• Efficiently pumps washer fluid through the washer nozzles
• Direct-fit replacement
• Durable enough for years of frequent use
The Different Types of Washer Pump
Are you in the market looking for a replacement washer pump for your vehicle? The washer pump can be considered as the heart of your vehicle's washer system, the system that maintains the cleanliness and clearness of the important glass surfaces in your vehicle. The pump is the component that enables the washer system to release fluid for cleaning the said surfaces. When the pump is damaged, your washer system will be of no use.
If you are in the market on the lookout for a new pump, you need to be sure that you'll be getting the right one. Today, you'll find that you can have up to three pumps in your vehicle:
Windshield washer pump
This is the most common in all vehicles, the pump incorporated in the washer system that is designed to work together with the windshield wipers. When you operate the washer assembly, the pump has to provide the pressure that will enable the water to flow through the nozzle and out into the windshield of your vehicle. This is important to keep the windshield clear and maximize your visibility as you drive.
Headlight washer pump
This pump works like the first pump, except that it is incorporated in the washer system that is working with the headlights. It is used to keep the headlight lenses clear and maximize the illumination that the headlight bulbs give off.
Rear window washer pump
This is not common in all vehicles; this is usually found only in SUVs or station wagons. The pump works with the washer system that is used to keep the rear glass of these automobiles clean and clear.
Depending on the set-up in your vehicle, there may be different pumps for the different washer systems or just one pump for a centralized system that washes all the mentioned surfaces. We advise that you check your vehicle owner's manual before you make any purchase.
So which should you get?
Once you've determined which type of washer pump you need for your vehicle, there are still many other things to consider before you make your purchase. One is cost. You'll find a wide range of washer pumps in the market, the cheapest of which is offered at a little more than 10 bucks. Meanwhile, there are pumps that can amount to as much as more than a hundred dollars. If you're going shopping, we recommend that you get a complete kit with the hose and other mounting hardware already included.
Windshield Washer Pump Troubleshooting
No water coming from your car's windshield washer? There are many possible reasons behind that problem. Could be that there isn't enough washer fluid in your reservoir, or there might be a leak in your system that's causing the fluid to disappear quickly. The washer nozzle might also be clogged with dirt, or the main washer pump might be damaged. Before you go replacing the pump or any other part, however, it is important to check and see whether the component is really busted. In some instances, some cleaning or unclogging will solve the problem. Checking the pump and the rest of the washer assembly isn't difficult at all.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Tools You'll Need:
- Test light
- Compressed air
- Replacement parts (fuse, pump, or hoses as needed)
Step 1: Look for the main washer pump. Depending on your vehicle, it could be located in the washer fluid reservoir or connected to the wiper motor.
Step 2: Turn the ignition on and activate the washer. Using a test light, check whether the pump is receiving power.
- If it isn't receiving power, check the fuse to see whether it's blown. You'll find this fuse inside the fuse box. If it is blown or damaged in any way, replace the said part.
- If it is receiving power but is not working, then it will have to be replaced.
Step 3: If the pump is working well, check the reservoir for presence of dirt and the lines and nozzles for possible clogging. Clean the interior of the reservoir and unclog the lines and nozzles. You can use compressed air to force out any dirt from the lines, and you can use a pin or needle to poke through the dirt in the nozzle and remove it.
Step 4: Check for leaks on the hoses, as well as signs of breakage or cracking. If you notice any, replace the hose with a new one.
After all these procedures, test the windshield washer. Chances are, it will be back to normal and ready for work again.