Question about 2000 Oldsmobile Silhouette
Windshield washer not working
Hardware& tools needed....electrical tape.
things to do before starting.......pump asmuch of the water from the washer tank as you can.....use what ever technique you may want to achieve this.....hose syphone, hand pump or motorized pump....just get er done....second thing.....preplan your task in your mind...with your and any others around....(now or later)......safety and well being in the forfront of all your plans....
the washer pumps are located on the fluid tank, passenger side over the wheel well, in the engine compartment. if you have front and back washers, determine which is which by looking at the existing pump labels.....they are labeled "front" for the front and no indication for the back. i think the manufacturer suggests disconnecting your battery when working onelectrical components. check your owners/maintenance manual for the proper instructions for battery disconnection.
personally, i found it very easy to access and disconnect either front or back electrical connectors, so i skipped the battery disconnect./...but remember that you are dealing with water in the washer tank...so make darn sure to place the disconnected electrical plugs in a save place where any escaping water from your washer tank will not be splashed on/in the plugs....tape them aside in a safe place, or bag them in a sandwich bag. once the electrical plug is removed, (pull the lock tab up and over the protruding tab lock on the pump plug), remove the pump outlet hose from the pump outlet nipple. the rubber hose is 1/4-3/8 inch in diameter and will slide off with a easy pull......make a note of the exact positions of the outlet nipple and the electrical plug on the pump before removing.
then just pull the top of the pump away from the tank slot it is in. it will pop out of the fitted molded housing, leaving the lower part of the pump in place. once the top is poped out, pull the pump upward until the pump comes out of the rubber gromet. the bottom of the pump has a 3/8"-1/4" diameter dip tube that is around an inch or two in length.
the new pump will come with a new rubber gromet, so pull the old one out by pulling up on the side with your finger tip until it dislodges and flips into your hand.
place the new one over the tank perferation, (the hole the old one came out of), then press down all around the edges until you feel it pop into place.
place the dip tube of the new pump into the grommet until it bottoms out. then push the top of the pump into the molded housing on the side of the washer water tank. you will feel it snap into it\'s proper place. make sure the electrical connector and the pump outlet nipple are in the exact same position as the origional pumps were......the outlet nipple can be spun to the position that you want by holding the top of the pump and physically spinning the outlet nipple to your proposed position.
now replace the rubber tubing onto the outlet nipple, (just like it was attached to the old pump).
then reattach the electrical plug into the socket on the top of the pump, (once again....just like it was on the old pump). you will feel the plug snap into it\'s proper place once it is correctly inserted. if you don\'t feel the snap....it\'s not all the way in....push a little harder....until it snaps.....
test the pump to see if it is working....then pat yourself on the back, (if you can), because you just DIYed your washer pump.....
my new pump was purchaced late feb 2014, installed the day afterward and cost me around 16 bucks at o\'riley auto parts.
the entire switch out took only a few minutes to accomplish.
THERE IS ALWAYS DANGER INVOLVED IN WORKING ON A MOTOR VEHICLE SO PROCEED WITH EXTRA CARE AND CAUTION WHEN DOING IT YOURSELF.......THINK ABOUT THE TASK.....BEFORE STARTING....THEN PROCEED AFTER YOU HAVE A GOOD IDEA WHAT IS TO BE DONE TO ACCOMPLISH THE TASK WITHOUT BEING MAMED OR KILLED IN THE PROCESS.
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good luck....plan well.....
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It is located under the passenger side front fender. You have to remove the "wheel well" liner to access the pump. It is not a costly item and is carried by NAPA. Getting to it is the work. Jack the car up on right front side---remove wheel and then remove wheel well liner . It involves some phillips head screws along with some plastic fasteners.
Posted on Nov 19, 2010
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