|1997 Nissan Maxima Replacing the WINDSHIELD WASHER PUMP 12 August 2009|
The following assumes that ALL 1997 Nissan Maximas are identical. This may not be true in actual fact, so adapt as necessary. Use your common sense and don’t force anything.
The actual original equipment pump body is made of all milky white plastic. The electrical connection harness is located at the top, the approx. ¾” round, solution intake “pipe” is located on the side at the bottom end of the pump and is pointed at 90 degrees into the reservoir, and there’s a grommet in the reservoir holding the pump in place by friction. The outlet for the small rubber tube carrying solution to the windshield is located at the very bottom of the pump and it is shielded by a small plastic tab/piece. All of these elements are an integral part of the white plastic pump body.
The windshield washer reservoir is located in front of the right front tire. Pump access is underneath the vehicle, so it should be raised to get at it. There are black, thin plastic under-panels (cowling) located there to keep out dirt and water. The panel nearest the front and right side, maybe 10 inches wide, curves down and back, ending in front of the RF tire. Remove two (maybe three) of the screws/bolts to loosen it up and it will flex downward enough to access the pump at the bottom of the reservoir.
The pump is held in place by friction, primarily by the grommet surrounding the pump intake that’s lodged in the side of the reservoir, secondarily by the electrical connector at the top and slightly if at all by the tube supplying cleaning solution to the windshield.
After accessing the pump, remove the small black flexible solution supply tube at the bottom of the pump, thus draining the tank, and let it hang. Then carefully work the larger, white plastic pump intake tube (an integral part of the pump casing, maybe ¾” in diameter) out of the reservoir, leaving the grommet in place. Then, finally, disconnect the wiring harness at the top by prying apart the electrical connector slowly and carefully with a screw driver.
Replacement is the reverse. Done deal.