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How much does it cost to replace the windshield washer pump?

The typical cost to replace the windshield washer pump in your car is between $130 to $180. In general, this breaks down to about $80 to $100 for the cost of labor and $50 to $80 for the cost of parts. That said, the price of the part varies from vehicle to vehicle.
How long does it take to replace the windshield washer pump? A qualified mechanic will need an average of one hour to finish the job. Your mechanic will check the pump's condition as a first step before beginning the full service. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for replacing the windshield wiper pump? How much do those parts cost?

You might need the following parts to replace the windshield washer pump:
  1. Windshield washer pump: This is the only guaranteed replacement part you’ll need to buy. This is the main part that moves the windshield washer fluid from the tank to the windshield and can cost anywhere from $20 to $50.
  2. Washer fluid reservoir: In some cases, the pump may be built into the reservoir for the washer fluid. If this is the case with your car, you'll need to replace the pump and the whole reservoir. Depending on the vehicle, replacing the washer fluid reservoir can cost $40 to $100+.
  3. Washer fluid hose: The hose links the spray nozzles on the windshield to the pump. If it's broken or leaking, you might need to get a new one, which should only set you back between $5-$15.
Some popular windshield washer pump brands include ACDelco, Trico and Bosch. You can purchase them from online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto, or local parts shops such as AutoZone and NAPA Auto Parts. However, like price, recommended brands may also vary depending on your vehicle’s specific year, make, and model.
It depends on your priorities and budget. OEM (original equipment manufacturer) parts guarantee compatibility and quality, but they can be more expensive. Aftermarket water pumps are less expensive and have a wider selection, but the quality can vary. When making your decision, consider the age, value, and status of your vehicle's warranty.
Windshield washer pump parts are available from auto parts stores such as AutoZone and NAPA Auto Parts, online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto, OEM dealerships, and local mechanics. When purchasing washer pump parts, just make sure they are compatible with the make, model, and year of your vehicle.

Where can I get my windshield washer pump replaced?

Finding a trustworthy mechanic to replace your windshield washer pump can be challenging if you don't already have one. The good news is that Jerry's
GarageGuard™
is here to help. It makes it easy to get quotes from more than 2,500 certified service centers across the U.S.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ makes it easy to compare repair costs—including diagnostic fees—because it gives you fair price estimates* based on each shop's hourly labor rate. You can also read reviews written by real customers to help you decide which service is best for you.
Check out some of the vetted shops below, and don't forget to download the app to compare local auto repair costs on the go!
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Smith's Auto Repair LLC
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520 Finch St, Troy, OH
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$75
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NuAuto

143 Reviews
Kerry's Car Care - Norterra
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28211 N North Valley Pkwy, Peoria, AZ
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$177
177 Reviews
54th Street Auto Center
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415 W 54th St, New York, NY
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$191
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my windshield washer pump?

Here's a rough rundown of what a mechanic might do when you take your car in to have the washer pump replaced:
  1. Access the pump: The washer pump may be located in the washer fluid reservoir or nearby, depending on the make and model of your vehicle. To get to it, the mechanic will have to either pop the hood or crawl under the car.
  2. Disconnecting the power supply: The mechanic will disconnect the negative battery cable to ensure safety while working with electrical components.
  3. Remove the old pump: They will then disconnect the pump's power and drain lines. They will then take out the bolts that attach the pump to the vehicle's reservoir or frame.
  4. Install the new pump: The mechanic will place the new washer pump in its proper location and bolt it into place. Any disconnected hoses or wires will be reconnected.
  5. Check for leaks: The mechanic will look for signs of leaks in the pump and hoses, and if they find any leaks, they will fix them before putting everything back together.
  6. Reassembly: Finally, they’ll reassemble any components that were removed to gain access to the pump.

What happens if I don’t replace my windshield washer pump?

Failure to replace the pump that operates the windshield washers can lead to a number of problems that compromise the vehicle's operability and safety. Some possible outcomes include the following:
  • Reduced visibility
  • Increased washer blade wear
  • Damage to windshield
  • Ineffective windshield cleaning

What is the windshield washer pump?

The washer pump, also called the windshield washer pump, is an important part of the windshield washer system in your car. It sends washer fluid from the tank to the windshield to clean it and make it easier to see through during
inclement weather
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When you turn on the control for the windshield washers, electricity powers the washer pump to move washer fluid through hoses and out of small nozzles near the base of the windshield. Washer fluid is sprayed on the windshield, which lets the washer blades get rid of dirt and additional debris.

When should I replace the windshield washer pump on my car?

If you notice any of the following problems with your car's windshield washer pump, you might want to think about heading in for a replacement service:
  1. Washer fluid isn’t spraying: If you turn on the windshield washer fluid system but no washer fluid is sprayed onto the windshield, there could be a problem with the pump.
  2. Uneven or weak spray: If the washer fluid spray is weak or sporadic, it could indicate that the pump is not working properly.
  3. Strange noises: When you activate the washer fluid, strange noises, such as buzzing or grinding, can indicate a failing pump.
  4. Washer fluid is leaking: If you notice any visible leaks near the pump or reservoir, this could indicate a problem with the pump or its connections.
  5. Poor washer performance: If the windshield washers are struggling to clean the windshield effectively, it could be the result of a lack of washer fluid caused by a faulty pump.
The washer system in your vehicle requires
routine maintenance
to function properly. If you're unsure about the condition of your washer pump or are experiencing any of the issues listed above, it's best to have a qualified mechanic inspect your washer system and determine whether a replacement is required. 

How often should the windshield washer pump be replaced?

The windshield washer pump is a relatively long-lasting part. Its replacement interval is affected by factors such as pump quality, driving conditions, climate, and routine maintenance, but when cared for properly, a washer pump can last for years.
There is no set recommendation for how often the windshield washer pump should be replaced. Instead, keep an eye on how it's working to catch any problems early.

Can I replace my windshield washer pump myself?

With the right skills and equipment, you can indeed fix your car's windshield washer pump on your own. However, if you aren't confident in your DIY abilities, it's best to have a professional mechanic work on your vehicle.

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Electrical difficulties such as blown fuses or damaged wiring, pump motor failure, blocked pump or nozzles, problems with the washer fluid reservoir, corrosion, and general wear and tear from constant use and exposure to the environment can cause the windshield washer pump to cease working.
To unclog a windshield washer pump, locate the pump near the washer fluid tank, turn off the power, remove the pump, check for debris, and use a small pin or needle to gently clear any clogs.
Reassemble the system, flush it with clean water, and test it by activating the washer fluid system. Refill the washer fluid reservoir. If the clog remains or the pump still does not function properly, have a mechanic investigate the problem further.
Most vehicles do have a fuse for the windshield washer pump. The fuse is a safety device that guards against electrical faults or overloads. It is usually found in the fuse box, which is either in the engine compartment or in the vehicle's interior. If the windshield washer pump isn't working, check the fuse and replace it with a new one of the same amperage if it's blown.
If the fuse blows yet again, there might be an underlying problem that calls for a mechanic to take a closer look.

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John Davis is an expert automotive writer and former automotive mechanic. John's work spans multiple categories, and he relishes the opportunity to research a new subject and expand his area of expertise and industry knowledge. To date, John has written more than 200 articles covering car maintenance and care, car advice, how-to guides, and more.
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