How to Find the Right Washer Pump Grommet for Your Vehicle
As you drive throughout the day, it is highly possible that your windshield will accumulate dust and other particles. This might not be so noticeable at first. However, as the layers pile up, it will begin looking a bit cloudy. Throw in some bird droppings there, and the glass becomes unappealing. Good thing you got your wiper and washer pump. With a flick from the lever, you can swipe away those things to have a clearer view of the road again. A part of that system is the washer pump grommet. Here's how to look for one.
Inspecting and measuring the original part from your system
This might be the first time you would encounter a need to get a new washer pump grommet for your vehicle. Regardless if you are a newbie in this matter or now, it would be the right thing to do to go through some inspections first. You will have to locate the pump and reservoir in your engine bay. The washer pump should be a small contraption mounted on the side or somewhere close to the firewall. You should be able to spot the washer fluid reservoir nearby. From there, try to locate where the grommet is. Carefully remove it from the assembly and inspect its condition. This piece is usually made of rubber. Over time, any rubber material can begin to be a bit crusty and have small chips. This is a clear sign that you will need a new one. Otherwise, you might risk having leaks in your system. Since it is already removed, take a good look at it and measure its dimensions. You might also want to take a photo of it for reference.
Narrowing down the pool for the most compatible products
We can't guarantee you that the washer pump grommet is designed to fit in all kinds of assemblies. To avoid getting a part that might not work with the rest of the components, we advise you to do a good search. By that, we mean that you narrow down the pool of products to those that are most compatible with your vehicle. Use the year, make, model and trim of your vehicle to help you out identify which washers can work for you. From there, you can do some comparison with your old part.
Being a bit concerned with the aesthetics
Aesthetics is not much of a concern when it comes to the washer pump assembly. But if you insist, you can decide over the basic colors to fully match your ensemble. This part is usually colored black or white.
Sealing the deal with the right price and package
Once that you have selected just a few product candidates for your replacement job, it is time to weigh a few more factors. You should know that there are a couple of brands that offer you the part. Check them one by one and try to see if which of them offers the best package for the price. Good luck on your search and we hope that things will work fine for you!
How to Replace a Washer Pump Grommet
The washer pump grommet, despite its size, is one of the parts of your car that are essential in making your ride a comfortable one. Part of the windshield washer, the pump grommet helps keep the washer pump in place. Once the grommet gets severely damaged or deteriorates the pump might get dislodged and fail to deliver the washer fluid onto the windshield. Replacing the washer pump grommet is not that difficult and should only take about an hour or two of your time. However, if you are not that confident of your car repair skills, it may be better to have a professional replace the grommet for you.
Difficulty level: Easy
- Socket wrench
- Phillips-head screwdriver
- Flat-head screw driver
Step 1: Locate the washer pump in your vehicle. It's usually made of clear white plastic and found near the wheel whell or behind the fender. We used a Ford Fiesta for this guide, and the pump is on the side just in front of the time.
Step 2: Remove the front fender panel or other body panel where the washer pump is located. Use the screwdriver or socket wrench to remove the bolts and screws, and carefully lift off the fender and peel back the lining to reveal the whole washer pump and its reservoir.
Step 3: Unhook the power cables from the washer pump by pressing on the tabs on the sides of the cable and pulling it out. Pull out the intake hose from the pump as well.
Step 4: With the hose and cables removed, remove the pump from the washer reservoir. Grip the pump firmly and pull it past the tabs and, using the flat-head screwdriver, pry out the grommet the holds the pump in place onto the reservoir. The grommet may still stick on to the pump, so you may have to pull it loose from there as well.
Step 5: Place the new washer pump grommet on the same location where your pried the old grommet pump.
Step 6: Spray the inside of the grommet with lubricant and press the washer pump back into the grommet. Push on the pump hard until it snaps in place underneath the tabs.
Step 7: Replace the power cable and instake hose as well as the body panel you've removed earlier. Make sure that the bolts and screws have been tightened properly to keep them from coming loose.