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Windshield Washer Reservoir, Pump and Level Sensor Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Windshield Washer Reservoir, Pump and Level Sensor Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$10 to $100

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm socket

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New reservoir, pumps, gaskets, sender, 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

The windshield reservoir on the GTI MkV has the level sensor, windshield fluid pump and headlight washer pump all attached to it. In this article we will show you how to remove and replace the both pumps, the level sender as well as the reservoir itself. The reservoir is located in the front right corner of the vehicle and the pumps sit on the outside of the reservoir itself.

You will need to remove the front bumper cover to change the reservoir and pumps. Please see our article on removing the front bumper cover for assistance.

This photo illustrates the windshield washer reservoir with the front bumper cover removed.
Figure 1

This photo illustrates the windshield washer reservoir with the front bumper cover removed. You can see the headlight pump (green arrow), the level sensor (yellow arrow) along with the windshield washer pump (red arrow). Note the headlight washer pump is still draining fluid from removing the bumper cover. If your reservoir has fluid in it while you are removing the bumper cover, make sure to drain it into a clean container to reuse.

Headlight pump and grommet- The headlight washer pump (yellow arrow) is on the outside of the reservoir closet to the fender.
Figure 2

Headlight pump and grommet- The headlight washer pump (yellow arrow) is on the outside of the reservoir closet to the fender. The line out from the pump (red arrow) should have already been disconnected when you removed the front bumper cover. The wiring connection is on the top of the pump (green arrow).

Headlight pump and grommet- Disconnect the wiring harness (red arrow) by releasing the tab and pulling straight up and off.
Figure 3

Headlight pump and grommet- Disconnect the wiring harness (red arrow) by releasing the tab and pulling straight up and off.

Headlight pump and grommet- You can remove the hose connection by pushing in on the clip (red arrow) and pulling the connector off the pump.
Figure 4

Headlight pump and grommet- You can remove the hose connection by pushing in on the clip (red arrow) and pulling the connector off the pump.

Headlight pump and grommet- Remove the pump (red arrow) by pulling it straight up and out of the reservoir.
Figure 5

Headlight pump and grommet- Remove the pump (red arrow) by pulling it straight up and out of the reservoir. If you are servicing or replacing the pump it is a good idea to replace the grommet as well (yellow arrow).

Level Sender- The fluid level sender is between the windshield and headlight pumps (red arrow).
Figure 6

Level Sender- The fluid level sender is between the windshield and headlight pumps (red arrow). Begin by squeezing the tabs (yellow arrows) on the connector and pulling it off.

Level Sender- The sensor (red arrow) is a friction fit held in by a rubber grommet.
Figure 7

Level Sender- The sensor (red arrow) is a friction fit held in by a rubber grommet. Pull the sensor out. It is a good idea to always replace the grommet. Lubricating the grommet with a little water before installing will help with installation.

Windshield washer pump- Remove the two lines from the bottom of the windshield washer pump by lifting up on the connector clips (red arrows) and pulling the lines off the connector.
Figure 8

Windshield washer pump- Remove the two lines from the bottom of the windshield washer pump by lifting up on the connector clips (red arrows) and pulling the lines off the connector. The clips and nipples are color coded (white and black) for ease of installation.

Windshield washer pump- Disconnect the wiring harness (red arrow) by releasing the tab and pulling straight up and off.
Figure 9

Windshield washer pump- Disconnect the wiring harness (red arrow) by releasing the tab and pulling straight up and off.

Windshield washer pump- Remove the pump (red arrow) by pulling it straight up and out of the reservoir.
Figure 10

Windshield washer pump- Remove the pump (red arrow) by pulling it straight up and out of the reservoir. If you are servicing or replacing the pump it is a good idea to replace the grommet as well.

Fluid reservoir- Working in the engine compartment you will see where the windshield washer fill cap (red arrow) runs down a hose to connect to the reservoir (yellow arrow).
Figure 11

Fluid reservoir- Working in the engine compartment you will see where the windshield washer fill cap (red arrow) runs down a hose to connect to the reservoir (yellow arrow).

Fluid reservoir- Remove the 10mm bolt (red arrow) from the fill cap mount.
Figure 12

Fluid reservoir- Remove the 10mm bolt (red arrow) from the fill cap mount.

Fluid reservoir- Remove the fill cap (red arrow) from the mount and separate it from the hose (yellow arrow).
Figure 13

Fluid reservoir- Remove the fill cap (red arrow) from the mount and separate it from the hose (yellow arrow).

Fluid reservoir- If you are removing the reservoir with the pumps and sensor attached you must disconnect the wiring harnesses (red arrows) and remove the wiring from the clips on the reservoir (yellow arrows) along with the windshield hoses.
Figure 14

Fluid reservoir- If you are removing the reservoir with the pumps and sensor attached you must disconnect the wiring harnesses (red arrows) and remove the wiring from the clips on the reservoir (yellow arrows) along with the windshield hoses.

Fluid reservoir- Remove the 10mm bolt (red arrow) holding the reservoir to the frame rail.
Figure 15

Fluid reservoir- Remove the 10mm bolt (red arrow) holding the reservoir to the frame rail.

Fluid reservoir- Remove the two 10mm nuts (red arrows) on the back side of the reservoir.
Figure 16

Fluid reservoir- Remove the two 10mm nuts (red arrows) on the back side of the reservoir.

Fluid reservoir- You can now remove the reservoir (red arrow) along with the hose (yellow arrow) from the vehicle.
Figure 17

Fluid reservoir- You can now remove the reservoir (red arrow) along with the hose (yellow arrow) from the vehicle. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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