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99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

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99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby PatternFlyer » 04 May 2010, 21:59

Does anyone know where the washer pump is located?
Front pump works fine, but rear doesn't even make any noise.
Do I just remove one bolt & a nut to pull the washer reservoir?
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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby FCPGroton » 05 May 2010, 00:32

I believe it is located in the trunk area, to the passenger side, below the floor.
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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby JRL » 05 May 2010, 01:23

ONE PUMP, in the front
You have a clogged or broken line going to the rear
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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby jblackburn » 05 May 2010, 01:24

Or the pressure release in one of the T-joints has failed - happened to mine.
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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby adk793 » 05 May 2010, 05:18

I had the same problem on my '00 V70 XC. Both pumps cracked/broke because of always being parked outside during cold winters with the previous owner. I only realized this after buying the car from a dealer...who would even think to check this. Anyways, the guy is a volvo dismantler (California) so he sent me the pumps in the mail. Here is what i found:
There are 3-4 pumps on the car for this system...only volvo would make it this way. One for the rear, one for the front, one for the headlight wipers and 1 high pressure one for the whole system. The ones that tend to break are the regular (low pressure) ones. Looks like an old-school film canister with a plug at the top and an outing for the water at the bottom side.

Because its your rear one you are out of luck. I dont often need my rear pump so i decided to not fix it because its complicated. You can visually see them. The rear one is found to the left of the engine near/in the washer fluid reservoir. The front one is under the car also in the reservoir. To change the front one you just yank it out and replace it. But for the rear one, you have to remove the whole windshield washer reservoir to reach it and change it which i thought was a pain in the ass because you may need to remove the front bumper or front right wheel for easier access. SO i would just let this go unless having water on the back is just sooo necessary.
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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby PatternFlyer » 05 May 2010, 21:27

Ok. so far, adk793 has the best answer for me. All I could find until now is that there are two pumps, one for the front and another for the back on 99. Not sure if 2000 has any changes. With my wife in the driver seat, I had her work the washer for front. I could hear the black pump which is visible from the bottom of the bumper. It supplies washer fluid to windshield and headlights wipers without any problems.

When she turned on the rear washer, no water or pump sound. So I think I will try take the reservoir out and look for the rear pump.

I will post any updates as soon as I get it fixed. I drive on a lot of unpaved roads (flying model airplanes), so I have to have the rear washer work, or wash the car every time when I come back from the flying field(s).

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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby jpf001 » 23 May 2010, 18:26

I have a 1999 V70 with same problem and concluded with ADK793 that it is not worth the effort to repair. Am anxiously waiting the results of your repair to confirm or repudiate this conclusion.
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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby PatternFlyer » 23 May 2010, 22:09

Ok, I ordered a rear washer pump while ordering the PCV parts. Gotta find a day to start work. It's been raining way too may days and this weekend was way too windy & hot to work outside (no garage or shade). I think the rear pump is on top side of the reservoir on 99 XC. I will have to see when I work on the car. I will make sure to take pictures during the work and post here.

Stay tuned.
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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby lexluther » 10 Apr 2011, 08:01

I've noticed this car is engineered not just assembled there are CERTAIN ways of doing things and if done properly and with knowledge which always seems to be in the dealer hands jobs can be done efficiently and easily. The way around that is actual experience from someone who's done it before which I would like to add. I say this because after numerous internet searches and several different forums the answers varied wildly. In my attempt I have removed the back hatch plastic and other panels and traced the hose from the squirter to no avail to find the washer pump and/or filter all the way to the front of the car. I'm told there are 1-2 filters but nobody knows exactly where they are and so far I haven't found them. So the way to figure it out for me was to just trace the circuit out until I came to an end which ended up at the washer bottle.

I removed the washer bottle and can honestly say is not necessary. If you were to remove here you go:

1) Remove 2 10mm nuts on plastic lining passenger wheel well side. Tire removal not necessary but car driven on ramps are preferable. Just move the lining a bit to gain clearance it doesn't take much

2) Near the wheel side if you look way up inside there between the bottle and frame rail is 1, 10mm bolt

3) Just behind the foglight again up there is one 10mm bolt

4) There is an easily seen 10mm nut on the lower part of the washer bottle.

Bottle comes down and you will see how un-nessasary it was doing this and how there is another pump and lines preventing you from dropping the bottle all the way out. If you poke your head under the car you will see that neither the wheel lining nor the splash shield conceals the washer bottle. You may even be able to loosen the rear bolt without having to loosen the wheel well lining.

The pump is the white one with grey plug as seen from the top of the engine bay. If you pull straight up on it it will come out. There is just a male end that goes into a rubber grommet into the tank. There is another elbow male end that goes on to a rubber hose which is part of the T that you can see from up top. You will have to rotate the pump once its loose to fit the elbow through the oblong hole in the frame. From there you can separate the plug and hose and swap in your new pump.

You can avoid doing the job by just doing a test of the pump. Pull the plug off and you will see the pump has marks for "+" and " - ". Hook on some leads to a power source and test pump its loud so no mistaken a broken pump.

Also make sure you have some extra hose around it may be dried out around the pump. The washer hoses are all the same size so pull one of the easier ones off maybe one of the two next to the filler that vent and get yourself an extra 8" or so. Most places sell by the foot I paid $1 for mine and ended up using it when I tore the hose at the pump elbow.

Now for the filter I still have not a clue I'll get back around to it and hopefully figure the mystery out but for now at least the rear washer is working.
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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby jpirish » 26 Aug 2012, 23:47

? Can I just pull the pump up with a long needle nose pliers ? With out taking off the washer bottle. 98XC
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Re: 99 V70 XC rear washer pump location

Postby redwagon » 06 Apr 2014, 18:08

I'm replacing mine now and just got it out . The rear pump motor is located on top of the fluid reservoir (the front pump is located underneath). The rear pump has a gray wire terminal connector with a green and black wire. It's just to the front of the washer fluid fill pipe (which can be removed for more access simply by twisting and pulling up). I had already loosened the three 10mm nuts from underneath thinking I had to do so to remove the front pump. I don't think it was necessary but it did allow some wiggle room when twisting the front pump to pull it up and out. The front pump simply pulls out of a rubber grommet in the tank.
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