For automotive experts... looking for windshield pump...

Thread Starter

Externet

Joined Nov 29, 2005
2,233
Hi.
Am after a 12V windshield washer pump that is self-priming; so if the reservoir is in a low place, will still suck and squirt. Any brand / model I should look at the wreck yard ?
 

LowQCab

Joined Nov 6, 2012
4,208
You won't find a "Self-Priming" Pump on any Car or Truck.
That's why they are always installed at the bottom of the Fluid-Reservoir.

If you'll describe your project in some reasonable detail,
there are plenty of other options to choose from,
but most of them are not particularly cheap because of the required rubber-seals, diaphragms, etc.,
all of which wear-out over time.
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Thread Starter

Externet

Joined Nov 29, 2005
2,233
Thanks.

You won't find a "Self-Priming" Pump on any Car or Truck.
I have 2 Cadillacs with no pump at the reservoir.

If you'll describe your project in some reasonable detail, there are plenty of other options to choose from,
Yes, there is other choices am considering, but I have a wreck yard 2 blocks away. Every time I expose details of a project, get a dozen derailing proposals to do it different, none the way i want it, so now I expose the minimal pertinent information possible, be that right or wrong.

required rubber-seals, diaphragms, etc., all of which wear-out over time.
Everything wears out.
 

LowQCab

Joined Nov 6, 2012
4,208
I consider a ~30+year life span to completely acceptable,
but something's going to deteriorate sooner or later.

Your Caddies must have been made before the ~'80's,
back when they used a Mechanical-Piston-Pump that was built into the WW-Motor,
I rebuilt a ton of them back in the day.
I guarantee the Pump is not mounted higher than the reservoir,
no matter where it might be located.
The newer-style independent Pumps are definitely not Self-Priming.

A "Self-Priming-Pump" is simply too expensive,
and too trouble-prone, for a WW-Pump application.

All Pumps perform better pushing rather than pulling.

Most of the guys here have multiple-decades of experience with what works,
and what will just be a problematic waste of Time and Money.
They also know a lot of tricks You may never have thought of.
Everybody has their own areas of expertise.
I'm very good at a lot of things, but I hang-out here just to see what more I can learn.

What are You trying to accomplish ?
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geekoftheweek

Joined Oct 6, 2013
1,242
I'll second what LowQCab says... almost all pumps are built into the reservoir. I don't know of any remote ones other than the Caddie pump mentioned above.
 
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