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1998 buick century wipers working properly but parking in vertical position after being stuck in ice during winter

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There is a automatic park mechanism in the wiper motor, This must be damaged.

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its quite difficult to explain but i will give it a shot.


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When I bought mine I also bought the Haynes Repair manual (1997 thru 2001 all models GM) #38036 to learn how to fix this and a LOT of other components in/on the van.

For $20 it's worth it.

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