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AO Silver Member
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: United Kingdom
County: East Sussex
5 minute job love.
Hah, yeah, we've all said that.
My windscreen washers weren't working yesterday morning although the headlight washers were ok. When I got to work I lifted the bonnet, couldn't hear the pump running when operating the lever.
Didn't have time or tools to investigate further and as the MOT is booked for Wednesday decided to order a replacement pump off eBay for about £6.00 next day delivery, sure enough it arrived the morning, excellent!
'How long's this going to take' she says, you can guess the reply.
Proved it was the pump by substituting the connectors so set to it, syphoned off the contents of the bottle into a bowl, moved the expansion tank out of the way, pulled the old pump out pipe still attached (it's the RH one as you look at it from in front of the car), moved the pipe to the new pump, pushed the replacement pump home, fitted the electrical connector and replaced the expansion tank, piece of cake, 'yeah, I'll have a cup of tea love, 5 more minutes'.
Refilled the washer bottle....WTF!! Washer fluid spilling out all over the floor.
After removing the expansion bottle.....again, I could see it spewing out under the new pump. After removing the new pump I could see no sign of the grommet the pump pushes into, where the hell has that gone? Decided it must have fallen somehow in to the depths, so car up in the air, wheel off, wheel arch liner out...no sign of it anywhere.
Removed the washer bottle out of desperation and emptied the last of the contents into the bowl and the bl00dy grommet came out, somehow I'd pushed it inside when fitting the pump.
So top tip, if you're swapping the washer pump fit the grommet to the pump first, then push it home.
Oh, and the next time she askes how long say 'at least 2 hours', no matter how easy the job is.
All the best
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