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Windsheild wiper Motor??

Hi all i was searching the web and stumbled upon here. My problem is with the passenger side wiper. I was driving down the rd. oneday and it was pouring. All of a sudden, "clank, ca, clank" my right windshield wiper completely stopped. The left one was still working fine. I pulled over and my finace, had to end up breaking the arm off, causing what damage I dunno??? All i know is i have to fix this problem soon! It sux trying to drive in the rain with just rainex on your windows. =( someone please give me some advice and what could have caused this and what i may need to replace it.

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  • Jennifer O'Neal Jan 03, 2009

    Ok thank you for the FAST reply..but I know it wasnt just the blade. It was a metal piece. I want to say its the arm. But my main concern is what caused this problem anyway. I know i dont have too much info but figured i could start somewhere. =)

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    quick story is... the arm is from the bolt (post) at the front of the car up to the windsheild that holds the wiper blade
    that's fairly easy to replace... but it sounds like you have another issue as well... not horridly expensive to fix either... happened to me once too.... there are little clips that hold the arms onto the wiper motor... the arms you can't see... it sounds like one of them has come off.... some disassmbly would be required ... the clips are cheap


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    your boyfriend ... or the windshield wiper.... you need to inspect what was damaged... if it was just the wiper blade that is a fairly easy fix... if it was the arm itself your best and cheapest bet is to go to a junk yard for the part



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The wiper system has a series of linkages, they are located at the bottom of the windshield (under the plastic at the bottom of the windshield) there are pivots that connect the pieces together and one of them has likely worn out and disconnected itself from the system.....if you are handy it isn't a big job.......just remove the plastic cover at the bottom of the windshield(usually held in place by several screws and sometimes a few clips) and locate the failed part them replace it .Good Luck!
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