I had a lot of snow on my window, the wipers made a clunk noise and now they wont move with the motor even though the motor works. I can move the wipers with my hand really easy, moving one wiper moves the other so the arm inside is still attached, but Iam wondering if it sliped off the motor. Also how hard is this to get to.
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Re: 1998 Mazda protege wipers wont work
Remove your cowl panel right at the back of the hood and look at the linkage that attaches to the motor. It has probably come of or broken. Hope this solves your problem Merry Christmas! and God Bless!
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sounds like the connecting rod between both wiper arms either broke or one of the keepers popped off under the connector for that arm..since the wiper system IS NOT designed to wisk snow off the window once accumulated, this can an does happen.. even seen motors get burned out doing this..cleaning the window first will save this issue and the equiptment. need to acess this arm<take off the vented peice below the windshield and everything should be visible there..repost findings
wipers dont do very well in ice and snow after the snow and ice was cleared did they work again if not check fuse if fuse is good
is it the wipers, wiper arms or motor that is at fault? Most times it
is the ball joint piece that comes off, disabling the wipers, and the
motor is still good. This reauires replacement of the wiper arm
mechanism that has the "socket" on the end, a plastic part. If it is
the motor, read on... The motor is located on the passenger side,
mounted on the firewall. It "connects" to the arms that move the wipers
via a ball joint. The wiper arm has a plastic part that has to be
"popped" off the ball of the motor to be able to remove the motor. It
simply snaps back on. You facillitate this by removeing the black
plastic air vent screen that runs across the engine are near the window.
After removing this you will see the arms that control wiper movement.
It helps to "undo" the ball/socket if the motor is loose also. Install
is just the reverse.
It sounds like you live in a climate were snow and ice occurs. If so a lot of people leave their wipers on upon shutting off their cars. If you happen to do that and the windsheild had moister on it or if the snow starter falling while your vehicle was still warm it will freeze. The larger the snow amount the stronger the force will be if you start your vehicle up the next morning with your wipers buried in frozen ice & snow. Since the wipers were not shut off the wiper motor will run and the wiper blades will not. This will strip the linkage the wiper arms press onto leaving you with out working windsheild wipers
at the base of the wiper arms pop the caps off turn on the wipers see if the safts are moving if they are tighten the nuts a little if that doesn't work you will have to replace the wiper arms i had the same ting happen on all three of my fords truck van and taurus
If the fuse blows as soon as you put it in and the wipers are off then you have a short between the fuse block and the wiper switch.
If the fuse blows only when you turn the wipers on then more than likely the wiper motor has shorted and burned out. This one is very likely if the snow storm was heavy and you was driving in it. Cause- Moving large amounts of snow and ice off the window puts a heavy load on the wiper motors.
that connection..is a replaceable part that fails most often..pop it off and use same shaft..or even just the clip replacement with old wiper motor ..have you tested it as failed ?....can you hear it whirring when installed or even clunking as it rotates against disconnected arm?