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Windshield Washer Reservoir and Pump Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Windshield Washer Reservoir and Pump Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$30 to $60

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm socket, pliers, screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

VW Golf GTI (2000)
VW Golf GTI 1.8T (2002-05)
VW Golf GTI 20th Anniversary (2003)
VW Golf GTI 337 (2002)
VW Golf GTI GLS (2001)

Parts Required:

New reservoir, fluid

Hot Tip:

Drain the fluid first

Performance Gain:

You can see out the front windshield

Complementary Modification:

New windshield wipers

Over time, the windshield washer reservoir tends to leak and break and the pumps tend to stop functioning. The good news is that the replacement reservoir or pump is relatively inexpensive and both can be changed in less than an hour.

The reservoir is located in the front right corner of the engine compartment and the pump sits in the actual reservoir itself.

Begin by suctioning out as much of the fluid as possible. While you can remove the pump assembly while the reservoir is in the car it is easier to do if you remove the whole assembly. Once you remove the pump whatever fluid is remaining in the reservoir will flow out through the pump grommet.

To remove the reservoir, undo the two plastic 10mm nuts. There is one on the upper section by the fender and one lower by the frame rail.

Lift the reservoir away from the fender and up. This will allow you to remove the connection for the fluid level on the front of the reservoir.

On the side of the reservoir you can now wiggle the pump assembly straight up and out.

With the pump out you can remove the electrical connection along with the plumbing. If you are replacing the pump just transfer everything over and reinsert the lower plastic nib back into the reservoir.

Installation is the reverse of removal

To remove the reservoir, undo the two plastic 10mm nuts (red arrows).
Figure 1

To remove the reservoir, undo the two plastic 10mm nuts (red arrows). There is one on the upper section by the fender and one lower by the frame rail.

Lift the reservoir away from the fender and up.
Figure 2

Lift the reservoir away from the fender and up. This will allow you to remove the connection for the fluid level (red arrow) on the front of the reservoir.

On the side of the reservoir you can now wiggle the pump assembly (red arrow) straight up and out.
Figure 3

On the side of the reservoir you can now wiggle the pump assembly (red arrow) straight up and out.

With the pump out you can remove the electrical connection (yellow arrow) along with the plumbing.
Figure 4

With the pump out you can remove the electrical connection (yellow arrow) along with the plumbing. If you are replacing the pump just transfer everything over and reinsert the lower plastic nib (red arrow) back into the reservoir.

This photo illustrates the reservoir out of the car.
Figure 5

This photo illustrates the reservoir out of the car. The red arrow indicates the location of the pump and the yellow arrow indicates the location of the level sensor.

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