You rely on your windshield washer wipers to clear away all the dirt, slush, grime, rain, and snow. Sometimes a simple wipe isn’t enough, and this is why you turn to your windshield washer pump to provide the cleaning fluid necessary to get the job done. This pump uses mechanical parts, which means it is prone to wear and tear over the years.
What this pump does is distribute the windshield wiper fluid from the reservoir it is kept in, to the hoses, right to the nozzles where it sprays out of. You may have these on both your front and back windshields.
Over time the hoses can actually develop cracks and leaks, so it may not be your windshield washer pump that is to blame. Be sure to have it inspected by your mechanic to know for sure. It could also end up being an electrical issue, which again is better left to a mechanic.
When shopping for a new pump you can take the old one out and bring it in with you. This will ensure you get the right type, and size for your vehicle. Read the packaging carefully so you are aware of the parts that are used on the motor and the warranty offered.
Thanks to normal wear and tear your windshield washer pump can start to act up, and eventually stop working. At this point you’ll have no other choice but to replace it.
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This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as How to Buy a Good Quality Windshield Washer Pump and was authored by Valerie Johnston.