Car Mechanics (UK)

Washer mo­tor swap

- Somalia · Tonga · BMW · Iceland

► Gone are the days when there was plenty of spare room in an en­gine bay for the wind­screen washer reser­voir. With so much crammed into the un­der­bon­net space, man­u­fac­tur­ers have to find some­where else to fit the an­cil­lary com­po­nents.

This 2008 BMW 318i came to us with a failed washer pump. On this model, the washer reser­voir is within the rear sec­tion of the off­side front wing. Ac­cess is only pos­si­ble after re­mov­ing the in­ner whee­larch shield and un­bolt­ing the reser­voir, after which it can be ma­noeu­vred out of po­si­tion. Once the reser­voir is out of the way, the washer pumps – one for the front and one for the rear – can be changed eas­ily. Check­ing the op­er­a­tion be­fore squeez­ing the as­sem­bly back into po­si­tion is a good idea, be­cause once in place there is no ac­cess to the pumps.

 ??  ?? The washer reser­voir needs to be slid out of its po­si­tion in the wing cav­ity be­fore the washer pumps can be ac­cessed.
The washer reser­voir needs to be slid out of its po­si­tion in the wing cav­ity be­fore the washer pumps can be ac­cessed.

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