Last Winter, I had a failure of my windshield washer system. What happened was, the hose slipped off of the pump nozzle. This should be a simple fix, cut off the last inch of the hose and slip it back onto the nozzle. Well, there’s a problem there. GM, in its infinite wisdom(?) put the pump in just about the most inaccessible place that can be found. There is no way to reach the thing where it is (see below.) The arrow that you can barely see points to the nearly invisible pump, which is cleverly hidden way down in the dark hole. It cannot be reached either from above or below, and this necessitates removal of the entire tank to do this one simple job.
Did I say removal of the tank? Hey, you didn’t think it would be THAT easy, did you?
Of course not. At a minimum, it requires removing the brake master cylinder and quite possibly the engine-compartment electrical panel before you even think of getting the clearances needed. We’re at a couple of hours of work to do what, at most, shoulda been a five-minute job. So, I said “Nope, not gonna do it” and decided to put in a new washer and tank system. It’s mounted on the opposite side of the radiator from the old system, so hoses and wiring had to be routed to the new pump.
This of course required retrieving the wires from the old pump, a task that turned out to not be that hard– the pump is held in by a grommet and a pin, a pry bar removed the pump from the tank. After that, connecting the wiring using trailer-wiring and tap-splices completed the job. The new tank doesn’t hold as much fluid– less than half of what the old tank held– but at least if this breaks I can reach the thing and fix it.
I note that in any case, the area you have to work with in a Chevy van’s engine compartment is terribly crowded. There’s not a lot of room to do anything because so much stuff is jammed in there already. But, this job is done and it works. On to the next project.