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Rear wiper replacement

I have a 1997 dodge grand caravan. Some not so nice person decided to try to rip off the rear wiper arm which now hangs down. I took off the old arm and installed a new one. My problem is that its spinning when you turn on the wiper. I'm sure I installed it correctly including making sure the clip is all the way down. When I took off the old arm, I noticed there was a spline that spun freely on the existing shaft. Is this normal or do I also have to replace the motor? if this is so, what is the procedure to do that? Your input would be greatly appreciated.
Jim

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  • jimgarside Dec 21, 2008

    What is the procedure to replace the rear wiper motor on my 1997 Grand caravan? I just finished replacing the wiper arm assembly when somebody AGAIN ripped the new one off but they also damaged the motor shaft. Can you just replace the shaft or do you have to replace the entire assembly?
    Thank you

  • Anonymous Mar 18, 2014

    the knurling on the shaft looks to be smooth or stripped as well but may clean up with wire brush does the arm install without removing motor/shaft

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Hi my name is Allen!

Yes you will have to change to motor, who ever is messing with you damaged the motor and splines, it must be replace, buy the motor and contact me at FixYa and I will guide you through replacement.

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Yah that spline should only move with the motor. Nice guys eh? Let me guess where you'd like to put the old one? Anyway, short of replacing the motor, they used to use, I think, a dab of solder on the very end of the spline part, that you see straight on, to keep that part from spinning free from shaft underneath, but not too sure if that's the case now or not. re-solder may work if handy at all. If not, I have seen, (due to lack of money or part availability) a small hole drilled carefully from side, right through center of spline & shaft underneath, and a spring pin, or finishing nail or even a rivet shaft, cut to proper length, tapped into hole, to cure it. I've even seen the arm put on, placed in position where it would normally be when wiper is parked in off position, and a hole drilled through arm, through spline & far enough into shaft that you can run a short self tapping screw into the hole, and problem fixed. Not the best repair, but works, and saves you changing the motor, which you'll have to do anyway if none of these ideas work. 1 suggestion, if you do try any, use a good quality, sharp drill bit, because once you start drilling the shaft under the spline, the steel is a little harder metal & harder going, but don't force it too much & break the bit either. Let me know what you decide, and how you make out.

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