[Vwdiesel] Source for windshield washer reservoirs?

Roger Brown r.c.brown at ieee.org
Fri Oct 3 19:29:16 EDT 2003

"William A. Thompson" wrote:
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> Salutations one and all ...
> I am working on getting 4 Rabbit Diesels back to road worthy condition. The washer reservoirs tend to crack with age ... I have one that is good ... but the pump is bad ... I have good pumps but the method that they are held onto the washer reservoir is by a "washer" on the inside that is a PITA to remove to change the pump (without cracking an already aged reservoir). Anyone have any luck at it? ... if so share the wisdom please.
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> Anybody know a source for NEW windshield washer reservoirs? ... Need up to 4 of 'em ... I suppose a junkyard source would be acceptable if I knew that it's condition was worth buying. Any known to be eminently reliable junkyards out there? There are plenty of hits with the parts selectors/searchers that are on the web ... but it is a buyer beware environment ... Any solid recommendations? They tend to fatigue/crack with age and I prefer to get ones that I would not have to replace any time soon. They are for 80 to 84 Rabbit diesels with the washer pump external to the reservoir.
> I have been following the list for several months now ... there are good knowledgeable comments and tinkerers observations a'plenty. You know who you are ... it sure is a far piece man has come ... to be able to share experiences with each other from far corners of the world. Just a few years ago there was no convenient way to "pick the mind" of many people with the same interests if they didn't live in your immediate geographical neighborhood.
> I best sign off lest I digress ... oops ... a bit to late I see ... caught myself earlier than usual though ...

I've pulled out the pumps before and replaced them:

Just slip off the star washer, I think I used a long bladed screwdriver to pry it loose.

If anyone has a good source of the washer pumps/motors, I would be interested in a couple.  All I can get from my local dealer
is the entire reservoir/pump/motor combo.


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