The drivers side windshield wiper doesn't work, There is no resistance. You can move it back and forth with hand. The other side you can't, that one works. Can it be a motor? How can it be fixed?
This exact problem just happened to me last night! I was hoping it was a single-motor with a broken/detached linkage. I am going to look into it right now. I'll post what I find, but I am no guru like keemo68...
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Re: 1997 nissan altima
Remove the arms and the panel or the neted are shich hides the motor and the linkage, what you will find is that the link would have come off either from the motor itself or from the wiper transmission it is linked with a small plastic like press on cup only available from a nissan dealer very cheap and you can do it with very little mechanic's skill
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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
The wiper motor must be directly linked to the passenger side wiper, and the driver side wiper gets its action from the passenger motion. probably the linkage from passenger wiper to the driver side wiper must be the problem. Under the dashboard you can check it, the linkage must be snapped off. (safety first)
You have to remove the wiper arms by prying off the black platic piece over the nut. Remove the nut and the wiper arms. There should be 5 places on the black plastic piece that runs the length of the windshield. Remove 4 of them by prying them out. The one is the middle is a screw. Pull away the plastic piece and you should have access to the mechanism below. I think you need to replace the linkage if it has fallen off.
the wiper arm mount is keyed(*tab to slot style) and it may have broken. Remove the wiper arm and look for the grooves.. no groves then it has been stripped and broken. Some also have a nut on top of the mounting point as a retainer. Just basically check where the wiper is attached to the control assembly.
The most likely cause is the nut at the base of the wiper arm. If it is loose it can cause this problem. If that is not the problem then the next thing that would probably cause it is wiper linkage that is worn out and has become disconnected.
Most likely you will have to replace the wiper linkage from the center pivot to the left or drivers-side wiper pivot. The plastic piece in the linkage gets brittle over time and breaks down. To save a hassle in the future, replace both linkages. It should be under $20.00 for parts.