Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Windshield Washer Pump

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Windshield Washer Pump

Common signs include washer fluid not spraying evenly, no fluid spraying onto the windshield, and the pump not engaging when you activate the system. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Windshield Washer Pump Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2014 Volvo S80 $137 $60.01 $77.00 23% $178.26
2011 Lotus Evora $96 $26.38 $70.00 28% $133.88
2012 Kia Forte $107 $23.38 $84.00 29% $152.38
2009 Mercedes-Benz R320 $170 $100.04 $70.00 18% $207.54
2011 Lincoln MKS $138 $47.47 $91.00 26% $187.22
2010 Jaguar XF $189 $98.28 $91.00 20% $238.03
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Windshield Washer Pump?

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Believe it or not, one of the easiest parts on every car, truck, or SUV to maintain is the windshield washer pump. Although many car owners experience problems with their windshield washer system at some point of owning their car, proper maintenance, using only windshield washer fluid, and replacing your washer nozzles when they wear can keep your washer pump running smoothly virtually forever. Sometimes it's difficult to do all of this, which can cause the windshield washer pump to wear out or fail completely.

The windshield washer pump is designed to suck windshield washer fluid from the reservoir, through the supply lines, to the spray nozzles and onto your windshield. When all of these components work in conjunction, they allow you to remove road grime, dirt, dust, pollen, mud, and bugs from your line of sight. The windshield washer pump is electronic and is subject to wear and tear over time. It can also be damaged by trying to spray washer fluid when the reservoir is empty. Washer fluid acts as coolant as it runs through the pump, so if you’re running it dry, there’s a chance that it will overheat and sustain damage.

There are a few warning signs that may indicate that a problem with your windshield washer pump exists and needs to be serviced or replaced by a certified mechanic in your area. Here are a few of these symptoms to be aware of that will indicate a potential problem with your washer pump exists.

1. Washer fluid does not spray evenly

When you pull back on the washer control arm or activate the washer fluid by pressing a button, the washer fluid is supposed to spray evenly onto your windshield. If this doesn't occur, it's most likely caused by one of two things:

  • A blockage inside the lines or nozzles
  • A washer pump that is not fully functional

Although the pump typically is an all-or-nothing system, there are some times when it will begin to slow the pressure or volume of washer fluid it can deliver when the pump begins to wear out. If you notice this symptom, it's recommended that you have a mechanic inspect your windshield washer pump and nozzles to verify what the problem is and repair it quickly.

2. No fluid sprays onto the windshield

If you have this problem, again, it's one of two things. First and most common is that the windshield washer fluid reservoir is empty or the pump is broken. There are some occasions where the problem might be with the washer nozzles, but if this occurs, you'll see washer fluid flowing from behind or beside the nozzle. It's recommended by automotive manufacturers to check your windshield washer fluid once per week. A good rule of thumb is to pop your hood and check the washer fluid at every gas fill up. If you're low on fluid, most gas stations sell a gallon of washer fluid that you can easily fill the reservoir.

By making sure the reservoir is always more than 50 percent full, the likelihood of having the pump wear out or burn out will significantly reduce.

3. Pump doesn’t engage when you activate the system

The washer pump makes a distinctive sound when you trigger the windshield washer fluid to spray onto your windshield. If you press the button and don't hear anything, and no fluid sprays onto your windshield, this indicates that the pump is broken or is not receiving electrical power. If this is the case, check the fuse that operates the washer pump to see if it has burnt out and replace if necessary. However, if the fuse is not the problem, you'll have to contact a local ASE certified mechanic to replace the windshield washer pump.

A properly functioning windshield washer pump is critical to driving safety and ensuring you have a clean windshield anytime you drive. If you notice any of the above warning signs, contact a local ASE certified mechanic through YourMechanic. Our professional mechanics are able to visit your home or office at your convenience.

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Charles was on time, professional and knowledgeable. A repair and a maintenance item were completed and the work was great. Thank you
2015 FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY - WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP REPLACEMENT (FRONT) - AUSTIN, TEXAS

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Just all great! -- great guy, and I didn't feel like he was out to "screw" us with recommendations that were not needed! :)
2007 INFINITI G35 - WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP REPLACEMENT (FRONT) - CASTLE ROCK, COLORADO

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Gerron was friendly, personable, and very thorough in addressing all the issues with my car. I would highly recommend him to other people living in the metro Portland area. I had an excellent customer experience!
2006 HONDA CIVIC - WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP REPLACEMENT (FRONT) - VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON

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Great experience. She replaced my windshield wiper fluid reservoir and found the pump was leaking. She was able to secure the part and come back to finish the work later the same day. Very competent and was able to work around a rusted battery tray that could not be removed. She was definitely resourceful.
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