Remove linkage arm from wiper motor 1996 ford windstar
I am trying to remove wiper motor from a 1996 ford windstar. I am having trouble releasing the linkage from the wiper motor arm. is there a clip that needs to be remove or a slide clide that needs to be moved?
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cute, isn't-the engineers that designed it really had a sense of humor...the best way to go about it is to remove the cover above the lip that is in the way-then remove the wiper motor and the linkage/blades. I have done a few, after you do them a few times it is not that bad, but the first time...It then helps to have very long arms, extensions with swivels, and even a mirror, at least it isn't a V-12...
this is normally caused by a bad wiper motor or binding of the wiper gears and linkage arms.
check to see if the linkage arms are tight and not loose. also try and lube up the pivot points.
another thing to check is to make sure you have 12 volts to the heater.
Try to run the motor without the wiper arms tightened down and turn it off so it can cycle down to its rest state. Then install the wiper arms.
Make sure, that the car's windshield wiper wiring is correct for this motor.
--- Wiper Arm & BladeRemoval & InstallationFrontTo Remove: CAUTION When the wipers are parked (off), the driver’s wiper arm must be above the passenger’s wiper arm.
Remove the clip holding the outside end of the wiper arm cover to the arm.
Lift the arm cap up to expose the nut.
Remove the wiper arm mounting nut.
Using a suitable two jaw puller, remove the wiper arm from the wiper pivot.
Verify that the wiper motor and linkage are in the parked position.
Place the wiper arm in position over the wiper pivot.
Install the nut to hold the wiper arm to the wiper pivot. Torque nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
CAUTION Make sure to tighten the wiper arm nut properly.
Push the arm cap cover down.
Secure the clip holding the cover to the wiper arm.
A new wiper motor assembly comes with the linkage arm installed.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Remove the windshield wiper mounting arm and pivot shaft
Do not remove the wiper motor linkage arm from the wiper motor
assembly. If the arm is removed, the wiper arms may not park in the
Use a suitable tool to separate the wiper linkage arm from the wiper mounting arm and pivot shaft assembly.
Remove the 3 bolts and the wiper motor.
Fig. Wiper motor and linkage
Install wiper motor and bolts.
Tighten wiper motor bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
Install windshield wiper mounting arm and pivot shaft.
Check wiper operation.
Rear Wiper Motor - Removal & Installation
Remove the rear pivot arm.
Remove the rear wiper motor shaft nut cover
Remove the rear wiper motor shaft nut.
Open the lift gate window.
Remove the rear wiper motor cover trim panel.
Disconnect the electrical connector.
Remove the 2 rear window wiper motor nuts
Remove the rear window wiper motor.
Fig. Rear wiper motor view-2008 model shown, other years similar
Install rear wiper motor and tighten mounting nuts to 62 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
Reconnect the electrical connector.
Install wiper motor cover trim panel.
Install rear wiper pivot arm tighten nut to 53 inch lbs. (6 Nm).
The windshield wiper linkage comes as an assembly. The assembly comes with the two rotating splines that the wiper arms attach to. you must remove wiper arms. Remove cowl trim and remove bolts that hold the pivot points to the body. The new linkage that snaps to the wiper motor should come with a new retaining clip. You have to fish the linkage assembly through the access holes in the body by un bolting the wiper motor.
there are little tabs at the end of the arm where it attaches to the wiper trans. if you bend the arms up at the hinge and swing those tabs out the arms will stay up (a small screw driver can be used to move the tabs if they are stuck. A 1/8 screwdriver is a good choice, $4 at sears). once those tabs are out and the arms are holding themselves up just pull. you may need to rock them back and forth a bit but they should just pull off.
To remove the wiper motor itself:
Turn the wiper switch on. Turn the ignition switch on until the blades are
straight up. Then, turn ignition off to keep them there.
Disconnect battery and wiper motor electrical connector.
Remove the right wiper arm and blade.
Disconnect the negative battery cable.
Remove the right pivot nut and allow the linkage to drop into the cowl.
Remove the linkage access cover, located on the right side of the dash panel
near the wiper motor.
Reach through the access cover opening and unsnap the wiper motor clip.
Push the clip away from the linkage until it clears the nib on the crack
pin. Then, push the clip off the linkage.
Remove the wiper linkage from motor crank pin.
Remove nut and ground strap.
Remove three attaching nuts from wiper motor. Remove the motor.
(instructions copied direct from ford shop manual)
Pivot Shafts and Linkage
The windshield wiper assembly is mounted below cowl top extension (021A36) . Linkages are connected with non-removable plastic ball joints. Windshield wiper mounting arm and pivot shafts are an integral part of the windshield wiper and are serviced as one unit.
Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301). Refer to Section 14-01 .
Remove antenna mast from the antenna base.
Remove cap on LH and RH windshield wiper pivot arms to expose nuts retaining the arms to pivot shafts.
Remove two nuts, one from each of windshield wiper pivot arms . Lift wiper arms to service position, carefully rocking them back and forth to loosen them from the pivot shaft. Lift off windshield wiper pivot arms .
Remove seven screws retaining the cowl top vent panel.
Disconnect windshield washer hose (17A605) at LH side of vehicle just ahead of where it enters cowl top.
Remove hood cowl seal.
Carefully remove cowl top vent panel from vehicle.
Remove three retaining screws to cowl drain tube that is connected to top cowl.
Disconnect wiring harness leading to windshield wiper motor.
Remove five screws retaining cowl top to vehicle and remove cowl top and windshield wiper from vehicle.
Remove two screws and two nuts retaining windshield wiper to cowl top and separate the two parts.
Remove drive linkage from motor shaft linkage.
Remove remaining screws attaching windshield wiper and separate the two parts.
Cowl Top Panel
Nut (2 Req'd)
Windshield Wiper Motor
Screw (2 Req'd)
Windshield Wiper Assembly
Tighten to 9-12 Nm (80-106 Lb-In)