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How to Remove Washer Fluid Pump 10-17 Chevy Equinox

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How to Remove Washer Fluid Pump 10-17 Chevy Equinox

Created on: 2021-01-16

Learn how to replace the washer fluid pump on your 10-17 Chevy Equinox. 1A Auto will show you how with this step by step video.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Front Bumper Cover
    • Remove the four push pin retainers from the driver side engine compartment trim
    • Remove the driver side engine compartment trim
    • Repeat for the passenger side
    • Remove the four T20 screws along the top of the grille
    • Remove the four push pin retainers securing the driver side wheel well shield; two inner, and two along the fender
    • Remove the two T20 screws securing the driver side wheel well shield
    • Pull the wheel well shield away from the fender and bumper edge
    • Remove the inner 7 mm screw securing the driver side bumper cover to the fender
    • Twist counter clockwise to remove the fog light socket from the driver side light housing
    • Remove the two 7 mm screws securing the driver side wheel well shield to the underside of the bumper
    • Pull the wheel well shield away from the underside of the bumper
    • Repeat the driver side steps for the passenger side
    • Pull the bumper off, separating the clips along the underside of the headlight and fender
  2. step 2 :Removing the Washer Fluid Pump
    • Disconnect the two hoses connected to the pump, allowing any washer fluid to drain into a pan
    • Disconnect the pump electrical connector
    • Pull the pump forward and then up to remove it
    • Washer fluid in the reservoir will leak out when the pump is removed
    • Be prepared to catch the amount of fluid is in the reservoir, plug the hole, or have the replacement ready to swap in as soon as you remove the old unit
  3. step 3 :Installing the Washer Fluid Pump
    • Insert the pump nozzle into the opening in the reservoir, then push back to lock it in place
    • Connect the pump electrical connector
    • Connect the two hoses to the outlets
  4. step 4 :Reinstalling the Bumper Cover
    • Carefully set the bumper cover in place
    • Loosely start the top T20 screws to hold the bumper cover in place
    • Press the bumper cover retainers into the clips along the headlight and fender on each side
    • Tighten the four T20 screws along the top of the grille
    • Replace the 7 mm bolt securing the driver side bumper cover to the fender
    • Replace the four push pin retainers securing the driver side wheel well shield to the fender and bumper cover
    • Replace the two T20 screws securing the driver side wheel well shield to the bumper wheel well edge
    • Twist the driver side fog light socket clockwise to lock into the fog light housing
    • Reposition the driver side lower wheel well shield onto the underside of the bumper
    • Replace the two T20 screws securing the driver side lower wheel well shield to the underside of the bumper
    • Repeat the driver side steps for the passenger side
    • Replace the driver side engine compartment trim
    • Replace the four push pin retainers securing the driver side engine compartment trim
    • Repeat for the passenger side

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Drain Pan

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions

    Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    7mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T20 Driver

Installation Video
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Hey friends, it's Len here at 1A Auto. Today I'm working on a 2015 Chevy Equinox. I'm going to be showing you how to do a washer fluid pump. It's going to be fairly simple. I want to be the guy that shows you how to do it. If you need any parts or instructional videos, you can always check us out at 1aauto.com. Thanks.

Okay, so what we're going to do is we're going to try to get this little plastic plate off of here. There's some push clips. I'm going to go ahead and remove these. The center of these pulls up from the outer part of it. I'll show you what it looks like here. That's what they look like. So when you have the center pushed in it forces those two sides out, which holds it in the hole. So that's why you lift up the center part. It relieves pressure and this thing can squish, just slides right out of the hole. So we're going do the same thing for all of these. Just a little spot you can try to get your tool into. I'm using my little forky tool, you can use whatever you've got. A pocket screwdriver usually works pretty well. Just set these aside. Sometimes they come apart, that's okay. We'll just shove it back together. Easy peasy.

Okay, so we've got those four out. Let's see if I can grab this plastic. Wiggle it around, see what's holding it in. And now that we got this side off, we're going to do the same to the other side of the vehicle, and then we'll go ahead and we'll start removing the rest of the bumper cover. There we go, get that one out of the way. So now we're going to remove these. These are torx bits. Little T20s, like little stars. This is what the tool looks like. Put it in here, turn it to the left, zip them all out. I'm going to leave one in. I'm just going to have it loose though. That's just going to make it so the bumper cover stays on while we continue down in the bottom there and it'll hold it up for us. That's what those look like, they're all the same. You've got the one that's still there of course. This can move around a little bit. Perfect. Let's move along.

So we're going to do some push clips here. We've got a push clip right there. There's going to be another one right in front of this tire, right there, here, and here. After we remove those, there's a T20 and a T20 there. Same tool that we used up top we're going to use down bottom. So I got my little forky tool, I got a little pocket screwdriver, just going to see about trying to pull out the centers of these push clips. I showed you how they worked already, I'll show you again just in case. When it was closed it was like that. I just go in between, pull out the center, and then it unlocks the little edges there.

So here we go. We got that one, then move down the line. Grab this guy. This one is going to be a little harder to get to because of the tire, but I'm sure it can be done. Okay. Got our push clips. Set it aside. Got our T20 here, here. They both look the same. Easy peasy, can't mix them up. That feels pretty great. Take a peek under here. We've got that bolt right there. I'm going to grab the size for that real quick, I'll let you know what it is. Once we get that out, we're going to do the same exact thing for the other side of the vehicle, and then we'll lift it up more and we'll grab everything from underneath.

All right, so we've got our 7-millimeter. We're going to blast this out of here. There it is. Set that aside. Okay, let me give that a little tug. Perfect. So now like I said, we're going to go do the same exact thing on the other side of the vehicle. We'll raise it up, we'll continue on releasing the rest of this bumper cover, disconnect the fog lights of course, and then we should be clear to bring it back down and pop it all right off.

So under here we've got our fog light assemblies. You can see them from the backside. We've got some wiring that goes to the bulb. We're just going to turn the ball to the left, counter-clockwise until it stops, and then we're going to carefully pull it out. Let' see. We'll give it a quick inspection. We've got our rubber seal there. Slide it back over, it's easy enough. Should be easy enough, just not with a flashlight in my hand. There it is. Cool. All right.

So something to note, you want to be very careful not to touch on that glass, especially if you've got oily hands or anything like that. Even gloves isn't really the best to touch the glass, so if you can avoid it, that's always great. Take a look, see if it looks like it's black in any way or discolored or swollen or the filament inside looks like it's got any crusty buildups on it. If that was the case, you'd want to replace it. And right on the back of the bulb you can see what the bulb number is. It's an H11 on this particular vehicle, so I'm sure it is on yours as well if you're working on the same thing.

I'm just going to leave this down to dangle. Funny word. But anyway, we're going to leave it so it can hang like that. And I'm going to do the same to the other side and then we'll just go ahead and we'll move a couple more bolts here. Get the lower part of this thing moving and then we'll go head back up top. We'll take off the last bolt and we should be able to slide this right off. So here we go. This part right here is part of the inner wheel well that we just were taking apart up there. So we want to remove these two bolts. We're going to continue with our 7-millimeter. Turn these to the left, obviously. Come right along. Just a little electric tool, it was amazing.

Slides out. Clear to come off. It's got a little triangle here, okay? So when you pull it off you can see. That just means when you're putting it back together, that triangle is going to go back under there. Just holds it and you can put your bolts back in. Easy peasy. Okay, cool. So this is wobbling around pretty easily now. I would say we're clear to bring it back down and we'll start pulling it off. Here we go. It's time for our last bolt up top here. Going to hold our bumper cover, make sure it doesn't want to come loose too much on us until we can figure out exactly what's going on. Now don't forget we have our fog lamp bulbs just hanging under there, okay? So the less that we juggle this around, probably the better overall. Let me see if I can get this off. There we are. Now we've removed our front bumper cover.

Okay, so now that we can see inside right here, where we can see where the washer fluid motor is or pump, we can see it very clearly. That's always nice when we're working, right? We've got our hoses here. We want to make sure that we have a drain receptacle underneath, something to catch any fluid that goes down so you don't contaminate Mother Earth. We can go ahead and take off our hoses. Just use a small pocket screwdriver, give it a little tug. There we are.

Check to make sure that everything's not cracked or dry rot and stuff. This looks pretty great. I'll do this one. Just do the same thing. I'm just working it around here. There we go. If you want to you can just try to plug it up. Whatever you want to do, really. Tuck it up higher, gravity won't try to suck the fluid down so much. There we are.

Going to stick my small screwdriver right inside here. I'm just going to try to push and lift. We'll take a peek, make sure we don't see any funny colors, no rainbow colors or rust or anything like that. That's never good in electrical circuits. So now we've got our pump. It moves around quite a bit, that's nice. I'm just going to try to pop it up. So what you're going to have to do probably, we'll take a look here, looks like it's got to pull out, just like that. And lift straight up. Here we are. That's what we're looking at. So there it is. Let me try to plug that up. That's how you remove it. Trying to keep the fluid from pouring out all over the place here. And that's it.

Anyway, so we're going to take our pump, just going to go ahead and slide it in there just like that. On the backside there's this little, right here, a little tip. It's going to slide in there. So I'll just push it in. There it is. Should want to go in and stay. There we are. It doesn't really stay very well. There's that. Grab this one. There we are. Give this a little tug here. There you go.

So here we go. We've got our bumper cover. We're going to lift it up on here. We're going to be careful of these edges just make sure that they don't go hitting up against the fender. And this one's a little damaged, but that wasn't me by the way. Just playing. It really wasn't though. Anyway, I'm just going to keep those edges low and I'm just going to scoop the top in up here. Just get it kind of settled in. I'm going to start a couple of these bolts just to hold it for me and then I'm going to work my way along the edges there, get everything settled in along the top, and then I'll go down to the bottom and do the same thing.

So what size is this? 20. Torx bit 20. We're going to keep it loose just in case we have to move some stuff around. I just want to make sure that it can't fall down, hit the floor. Like I said, I'm keeping all these loose. I'm just starting them in so I can move everything around as I need to. Nice and loose. Okay, let's come along here. Right up along the headlamp we had the little scoops. Then you come over here, you've got a little clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. Clip. So that's where your bumper is going to want to ride in, so you're going to need to bring it up, put it right up along your headlamp. The bumper cover itself has all these little slots in it. That's where those clips are going to want to ride. So you're probably going to need to give it a little tug just to get it into where it needs to go. All right. Looking good.

Going to do the same thing to the other side. All right. So we've got the bumper all lined up. It looks great. Couldn't have asked for better, really. I'm just going to take my torx bit 20, snug these puppies up. Very nice. All right, now let's lift it up to our working height so we can get to those wheel wells. We'll get all those put together then we'll bring it all the way up, we'll plug in our fog lights and finish up along the bottom. All right, so we remember that we had the one 7-millimeter head bolt. It goes right up through here. It goes through the bottom of the bumper cover, up into the fender. So I'll just my little tool. You can use a ratchet, whatever you got. I'm just going to find the hole here. There it is. Nice and snug. Okay. Grab this, slide it back into position here.

Okay, so now when we look at it, you can see behind there there's a metal piece. That's where there's a screw. This one's just a big gaping hole. That's a plug. Screw. Hole. Hole. Hole. All right, so let's see what we got for parts. We've got two screws. Perfect. I remember saying we needed two screws. And we got four little push clips, so we didn't lose anything. We're doing all right. There we are. We'll just do the push clips first because they'll kind of keep everything, generally speaking, where it should be. And then we can worry about putting in all those screws after. Here we go. So two screws. I'm just going to grab my little torx bit. I got it right here. Sticking with my 20. Okay. Turn the wheel. No, I'm not. Let's see if I can get this in. I'm going to grab a ratchet, I'll finish that one off in one second. Here we are. Okay. Grab my ratchet. Feels great. Okay. All those are still in. Perfect. We'll do the same to the other wheel well and then we'll bring it up and continue.

So now we're going to put it in our fog lamps. Once again, we're going to be very careful not to touch that glass. We'll just check them one more time, make sure the filament is not broken. We did a lot of moving around. I'm just going to take it, put it up in here. I'm going to start by going all the way as far counter-clockwise as I can, and then I'm going to turn it to the right so it locks in. It should be straight up and down in the locked in position. So I'll come over. I'm going to do the same thing over here. Check it. Looks pretty great. The filament is not broken, nothing moving around. I didn't touch the glass. I'm going to bring it over. I'm going to turn it all the way counter-clockwise as far as I can till it grabs. Then I'm going to bring it back to the right. Once it sets in I'm going to bring it down. It's locked. It's in the straight up and down position. All ears are in. Cool.

So now we're going to grab this. We've got our little triangle ear here. It's going to slide over that just like this. So that's in. We're going to do the same thing to the other side. We've got two bolts. Easy peasy. All right, so I've got my bolts. I'm just going to take them and I'm just going to put them in. There we are. This one. This one. Very nice. Everything feels great. We'll bring it back down, we'll finish up with the top, and we should be all done.

Okay, so now it's time to put these up up along the top. Got our little clips here. Like I said, if you looked at this and you didn't see the metal clip, it's probably inside these holes right here. If that was the case, you'd want to just take them out. You can use something like a pocket screwdriver or whatever you have to do. Get them out of there, put them back on this. You can't just go ahead and put this plastic into those metal clips if they're down there. They just don't like to work that way. So anyway, we're going to line up these with these holes, being careful not to scratch any of our paint, just like always. We're trying real hard to do a good job here. That slides under there. This up here. Get our holes lined up. Just give it a little bonk. Bonk. Bonk. This slid in there.

Okay. We've got four push clips. One here, one there, here, and there. You can do them in any order. You do you, boo boo. Slide them in and then push in the center. Slide it in, push in the center. Now onto the last. Slide it in, push in the center. Put this under here. It should go right in there. Very nice. Okay. We can get this puppy lined up. There's just the little hole in it right there. That's slides over this. It's just kind of like a rain drip guard type of deal. Here we are. It looks pretty great. We'll do the same to the other side and then we're all set.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Drain Pan

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T20 Driver


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