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Disconnecting washer bottle

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  1. kidryno

    kidryno Karting

    Dec 22, 2014
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    Forgive me if this is a dumb question, but I’m looking to disconnect and clean out the windshield washer bottle on my 83 QV. Any tips on removing the pump from the bottle without damaging either component?




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  3. thorn

    thorn F1 Rookie
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    I've only done it when replacing the pump, and damage was a necessary evil of the task.

    If you're only wishing to clean it all, there's not really a need to disassemble.
     
  4. kidryno

    kidryno Karting

    Dec 22, 2014
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    Thanks. Just thought it would be easier to clean separate from the car. Appreciate the reply!


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  5. johnk...

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    I don't remember exactly how, but the pump comes off the tank without damaging either.
     
  6. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    Do not remove the pump, it will be almost impossible to put it back. There’s a clip like ring that’s holding the pump in place to keep it from coming out. If you pull the pump out, how are you going to hold the clip inside the washer bottle while pushing the pump against the plastic bottle? So if you don’t have to remove it, don’t
     
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  8. Ferraridoc

    Ferraridoc F1 Veteran

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    Just unplug the wire and tube and clean it as one unit on the bench

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  9. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    You can separate it from the car just unplug the electrical wire and the hose
     
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  10. johnk...

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    Perhaps there are different types. As I said, I don't recall the details and I'm away from my car so I can't check, but there was nothing particularly difficult about removing the pump and reinstalling it. I did that because the seal was leaking slightly and I wanted to fix it. For sure, there was no clip on mine, 85 QV.
     
  11. trs666

    trs666 Karting

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    Johnk, my 85 QV is also leaking in the seal between pump and container. Did you find a source for the seal or used silicone or something. Superformance only sells complete assembly with pump and bottle.
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  13. Brian A

    Brian A Formula 3

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    The pump used is IDENTICAL to that used in a 2001 Jeep Cherokee (not "Grand Cherokee") and is very inexpensive.

    To remove my old corroded pump, I chose to saw it off thereby destroying it. I don’t really see how you could remove it without cutting. I had no real trouble installing the new pump but unfortunately do not recall the details.

    Here is a thread that covers the topic:
    https://www.ferrarichat.com/forum/threads/washer-motor-removal.318268/
     
  14. miketuason

    miketuason F1 World Champ
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    This is what I was talking about on post #5 How are you going to hold the spring clip/washer inside the bottle while you push the pump in?
     
  15. jmaienza

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    Read through the above mentioned post. I did this nine years ago and the spring clip is still secure.

    Two methods of attaching the pump

    1. If the pump has a barb and rubber grommet, just drill out the washer reservoir hole and use a friction fit.

    2. To install the clip. Measure if the barb needs to be removed. Once you get the right diameter, you find a tool such as a socket that can be pushed against the clip while allowing the washer pump end to come forward. Next position the spring clip on the end of the pump. If you trim the end a bit smaller than the clip it is easier to get started. I think I used a pair of long, needle nosed pliers to hold and start the clip

    Next thing is to push the clip into its final position To accomplish this you can use a magnet to hold the socket. Lower it in and line it up. Next, take a screw driver and wedge it between the reservoir plastic and the socket. This is tricky because you have to hold the reservoir and pump as well as position the magnet/socket assembly and hold the screwdriver. The idea is to use the edge of the reservoir as an anchor point and use the screwdriver as a lever.

    Read the post and look at the pictures. It’s all detailed there. Honestly, I’d use the drilled hole and rubber grommet method if I did it again. But I do like to challenge myself and I knew I could figure out a way to get that spring clip back on the new pump.



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