Parts Catalog Accessories Catalog Tech Info Tech Forums
 
Follow Pelican Parts on Facebook Follow Pelican Parts on Twitter Follow Pelican Parts on Instagram Follow Pelican Parts on YouTube Follow Pelican Parts on Pinterest Follow Pelican Parts on Tumblr
  Search our site:    
View Recent Cars  |   Cart  | Project List | Order Status | Help    
 >  >
Windshield Washer Reservoir and Pump Replacement
 
Bookmark and Share

Pelican Technical Article:

Windshield Washer Reservoir and Pump Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50 to $100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Small flathead screwdriver, fluid pump, fluid

Applicable Models:

BMW E10 2002 Coupe/Conv (1967-76)
BMW E21 320i Coupe (1977-83)

Parts Required:

New reservoir, pump, fluid

Hot Tip:

Save the drained fluid to a clean container

Performance Gain:

You can see out the front windshield

Complementary Modification:

New windshield wipers

Over time, the windshield washer reservoir tends to crack, break and leak especially with the way the 2002 reservoir is mounted. If you are starting to see a small pool of fluid under the right front corner of your BMW 2002, there is a good chance your reservoir is going bad.

The reservoir is located in the front right corner of the engine compartment, and the pumps sits underneath it. The reservoir is a quick and easy fix and a great DIY project.

Before you begin, use a fluid pump and suck as much fluid form the reservoir as you can. The pump supply line is right at the bottom of the reservoir so any liquid will spill out when you remove it.

The windshield washer reservoir is located in the right front of the engine compartment (red arrow).
Figure 1

The windshield washer reservoir is located in the right front of the engine compartment (red arrow).

You are going to be working with the three parts of the system: the reservoir (red arrow), the pump (yellow arrow) and the lines (green arrow).
Figure 2

You are going to be working with the three parts of the system: the reservoir (red arrow), the pump (yellow arrow) and the lines (green arrow). Each of these parts can be replaced separately.

You will need to start by using a turkey baster or fluid pump and sucking out any fluid in the reservoir.
Figure 3

You will need to start by using a turkey baster or fluid pump and sucking out any fluid in the reservoir. The line out is on the bottom of the reservoir so any fluid left in it will spill out when you remove the lines. We did not have any fluid to worry about in our project car because we are lucky enough to be working on the Clarion Build's BMW 2002. It is a spectacularly clean show car.

The reservoir and attached pump and lines sit in a metal bracket on the inside fender and are held in place by gravity.
Figure 4

The reservoir and attached pump and lines sit in a metal bracket on the inside fender and are held in place by gravity. To remove the reservoir simply slide it up (red arrow).

This photo illustrates how the reservoir sits in the metal bracket on the fender (red arrow).
Figure 5

This photo illustrates how the reservoir sits in the metal bracket on the fender (red arrow). This can also be a fail point, as the plastic takes the weight of the coolant and the vibrations of the vehicle over time.

With the reservoir out of the fender mount you need to disconnect the pump supply line (red arrow).
Figure 6

With the reservoir out of the fender mount you need to disconnect the pump supply line (red arrow). Use a small flathead screwdriver and gently slide the line off the reservoir. Use care if you are planning on reusing the line, and be prepared for any remaining fluid to spill out. Next, you need to slide the plastic nubs on the bottom of the reservoir out from the pump bracket (green arrows).

With the reservoir off you can see the two plastic nubs on the bottom of the reservoir (red arrows) and where they sit in the pump mount (yellow arrows).
Figure 7

With the reservoir off you can see the two plastic nubs on the bottom of the reservoir (red arrows) and where they sit in the pump mount (yellow arrows). There are actually four mounting holes allowing you to make sure the reservoir sits at the right angle for your vehicle.

If you are replacing the pump, disconnect the two electrical spade terminals from the pump (red arrow) and the two lines, one from the reservoir and one out to the windshield sprayers (yellow arrows).
Figure 8

If you are replacing the pump, disconnect the two electrical spade terminals from the pump (red arrow) and the two lines, one from the reservoir and one out to the windshield sprayers (yellow arrows).

The new pump will come with the bracket, which will already be attached to it.
Figure 9

The new pump will come with the bracket, which will already be attached to it. Do not try and transfer the pump to a different bracket as the internals of the pump will fall apart if you remove the small screws. Installation is the reverse of removal.


Bookmark and Share

  Search our site:    

View Cart & CheckOut | Project List | Order Status |  Help    

 

[Home] [Customer Service] [Shopping Cart] [Privacy Statement]
 [Contact Us] [About Us] [Shipping] [Map to our Location] [Careers]

Copyright © Pelican Parts Inc.

Page last updated: Fri 12/2/2016 02:57:10 AM