I had a simular problem with my 07. All I did was use a can of WD-40 & spray some at the joint area, near the bottom of the spring. You need to work it in for a while to remove any road **** that got in there over the year and try this, it worked for me. Good luck. Mack
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Three things you can replace depend on your budet
1) you can replace whole wiper blabe assembly by lift up the cover at the bottom end of the bale assembly and un-screw the nut and raplace whole assembly with arm , wiper insert etc ... with the new one This way cost you more.
2) on hte middle of the whole wiper blade assy has the flexible section, you can un-screw 2 small philipe pan head screw with screw driver and disconnect the top section with the wiper blade insert (rubber)
3) slide wiper blade insert out of the holder, becareful with 2 small steel blade will hole your rubber insert inside the wiper frame. Slide new rubber insert in the frame .
Remove the dust cap from the rear hub and bearing assembly.
Remove the cotter pin, nut retainer and wave washer. Discard the old cotter pin.
Remove the rear hub and bearing assembly retainer nut and washer. Remove the rear hub and bearing assembly from the spindle.
Remove the automatic adjuster spring from the adjuster lever.
Rotate the automatic adjuster starwheel enough so both shoes move out far enough to be free of the wheel cylinder boots.
Disconnect the parking brake cable from the actuating lever. Disconnect parking brake cable one side at a time.
Remove the both lower brake shoe to anchor springs.
Remove the 2 brake shoe hold-down springs from the brake shoes.
Remove the brake shoes, upper shoe-to-shoe return spring, automatic adjuster and automatic adjuster lever from the backing plate as an assembly.
Separate the brake shoes from the automatic adjuster mechanism.
Remove the brake shoe automatic adjuster lever from the leading brake shoe.
Thoroughly clean and dry the backing plate. To prepare the backing plate, lubricate the bosses, anchor pin and parking brake actuating lever pivot surface lightly with lithium based grease.
Remove, clean and dry all parts still on the old shoes. Lubricate the starwheel shaft threads with anti-seize lubricant.
Assemble both brake shoes, the top shoe to shoe return spring, automatic adjuster and automatic adjuster lever before mounting on vehicle. Make sure the ends of the automatic adjusters are positioned above the extruded pins in the webbing of the brake shoes prior to installation.
Install the brake shoe assembly onto the brake support plate and install the hold-down springs.
Install the lower anchor springs and reconnect the parking brake cable to the park brake lever of the trailing brake shoe.
Rotate the serrated adjuster nut to remove the free-play from the adjuster assembly.
Install the automatic adjuster lever spring on the lead brake shoe assembly and the automatic adjuster lever.
Install the rear hub and bearing assembly. Install washer and retainer nut and torque to 124 ft. lbs. (168 Nm).
Install the wave washer, nut retainer and a new cotter pin onto the spindle. Install dust cap.
Adjust brake shoes so not to interfere with brake drum installation. Install the rear brake drum.
NOTE: After installing the brake drums, pump the brake pedal several times to partially adjust the brake shoes. To verify proper operation of the self-adjusting parking brake, be sure that both rear brakes are not dragging when the parking brake pedal is released.
Install the rear wheels and lug nuts. Torque the lug nuts, in a star pattern sequence, to 95 ft. lbs. (129 Nm).
Road test the vehicle. The automatic adjusters will continue brake adjustment during the road test of the vehicle.
Take it to any parts store and they will do it for you for free, there are three types, the rocker type which you have to raise the wiper arm away from the glass then pull the tab up then slide the wiper down and slide the wiper off the wiper arm. but the best thing is have someone show you how to do it for the first time sometimes they can be tough to get off.
I had this same problem. The wiper blades would extend too far and hit the edge of the car, or they wouldn't extend far enough and only wipe about 3/4 of the windshield. The problem was a broken Wiper Rod A. My local mechanic replaced it - the part was about $20 and the labor about $230. Have them look at wiper rod A
advance auto stores replace wiper blades for free if you buy it from them.If the wiper arm needs to be replaced it has a nut at the bottom of it under a plastic cover.It bolts onto a shaft with splines on it so after replacing it turn it on and check it.You may have to loosen the nut and move to adjust it to get it in the correct position.
If you still have your '08 Cruiser, I just changed mine (I'm also a Mom)...You have to pop off the plastic cap on the base of the wiper where it attaches to the window, then with a small wrench, take off the hex nut. Work the wiper arm off the spindle, then replace like the front wipers...push old wiper hook up, pull thru, and replace blades per instructions in the blade package...Pat