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Driver side wiper gear

The small wheel that holds the wiper assembly and allows wiper to pivot seems to be stripped and does not allow the blade or wiper to operate normally. The passenger side operates fine the driver side is the problem. I need a quick solution & answer.

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  • anngelic777 Jan 02, 2009

    The driver side wiper isnt working and passenger is. How do I get wiper blade arm off to even look into the grate??

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It's called a wiper transmission. If it is stripped, you are going to have to replace it. But, usually if you take the metal grate off underneath the wipers, you will find that the plastic grommets that hook to the wiper arms and motor are bad. you can buy them at a parts store. You have to press them in, make sure you pay attention which way the grommets face.

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