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Old 03-08-2012, 05:37 PM   #1
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Windshield wiper motor problem?

Hi everyone. I am new to the forum and I am having an issue I hope someone can help me with. My wipers just stopped working, but I can hear the motor running so it's definitely getting power to it. It seems something is stripped, maybe? The bolts that hold the wipers in place are tight. Also both wipers move freely by hand. I haven't ripped anything apart yet. I figured I'd come here and ask first. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!


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Old 03-09-2012, 07:46 AM   #2
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You might as well rip it open and see what's going on. If you can't find a fixable problem, run to you local salvage yard and pull a motor and assembly out of a junked car. I'll worn you that the wiper arms come off very hard but keep pulling and they will come off.
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I just had the same trouble on my 01 wagon ,,, the rod that runs from motor to the driver side wiper "fell" off ,,,,,, my dad and my boyfriend couldnt get the wiper arms off to pull the cover off ,,,,,,,, but if you have small hands you can ,,,,, pop the clips and get in there and pull the arm and snap it into place
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A small "puller" like is used for battery terminals is MY "trick" for recalcitrant wiper arms...

Avoids damaging anything by "prying".

Plastic ball & socket joints as mentioned by a prev. poster tend to come apart, but that just results in ONE side that doesn't work... BOTH sides means it's probably "kaput", unless the main arm came loose on the shaft....

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A small "puller" like is used for battery terminals is MY "trick" for recalcitrant wiper arms...

Avoids damaging anything by "prying".

Plastic ball & socket joints as mentioned by a prev. poster tend to come apart, but that just results in ONE side that doesn't work... BOTH sides means it's probably "kaput", unless the main arm came loose on the shaft....

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Yes, it's both sides. Sounds like the main arm may have come loose from the shaft since I can hear the motor turning. I'm hoping thats it because that should be an easy fix. It's actually my wife's car. Im going to rip into it tomorrow. I'll let you know what I find. Thanks for the help.
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Yes, it's both sides. Sounds like the main arm may have come loose from the shaft since I can hear the motor turning. I'm hoping thats it because that should be an easy fix. It's actually my wife's car. Im going to rip into it tomorrow. I'll let you know what I find. Thanks for the help.
Once you get the wiper arms off you can remove the cowl cover on the driver's side. My guess is you will see the rod that attaches to the motor laying around in there looking useless.

Probably want to do a close forensic audit on the rod and how it attaches to determine why it came off, so you don't have to go back in there gain. If you are creative and like a challenge, you may be able to create a fix that isn't standard but works without spending any money to do it.
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It was the arm that attaches to the motor. It was just laying there. I had to rip out the entire assembly because I couldn't get my big hands in there to reattach it. It's all reassembled and working like a charm now. Thanks for the help.
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It was the arm that attaches to the motor. It was just laying there. I had to rip out the entire assembly because I couldn't get my big hands in there to reattach it. It's all reassembled and working like a charm now. Thanks for the help.
Good for you. The satisfaction in fixing something yourself is priceless!
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2000 Focus ZTS Windshield Wiper Motor

Help! New to this - here's my problem:
My windshield wiper on the driver side sticks - it goes up then won't move - does the motor need to be replaced?
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Is the passenger side wiper going through the whole rotation while the drivers side is getting stuck or are they both stopping at the same time?

If it's only one, than something else is wrong because the same motor powers both wipers through a linkage system.
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