Happened last winter took to dealer, he said if wipers are turned on and frozen with ice it pops off or slips off, he did not charge me, did something simple(cant remember) maybe took off and popped back on, can you help, was not a fuse, just that maybe the housing slips off when stuck how do i fix?
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your wipers were probably frozen to the windshield, and when you turned them on the gear snapped. future reference, if you know its going to be snowing or dropping below freezing, put your wipers up away from the windshield and you wont have this issue.
Don't know if you still need help with this but I just had the same thing happen to mine after the drivers side was frozen to the windshield last week. All you need is a flathead screwdriver( butter knife) and a socket wrench (any adjustable wrench). Pop the hood and there is a cap on the end of the wiper nearest to the engine. With the flathead screwdriver pop off the cap and use the proper bit to tighten the nut with your socket wrench. The problem seems to be that when too much load is placed on the wiper the nut will slip and the blade will no longer have enough tension transferred from the wiper motor to the blade resulting in sporadicmovement. Good luck worked for me oh and from what I have read once it has happened once it may happen again just repeat until the bolt needs to be replaced.
If the ice buildup was severe enough and you tried to run your wipers while they were frozen in place, the wiper transmission has probably failed, slipped a joint and now the motor will turn but it will not turn the wiper arms. You will have to open up the wiper panel and visually check to see what part has failed in that wiper transmission.
If the driver side wiper is working then the linkage under the long thin grille at the lower of the windshield has disconnected. You can remove the screws from the wiper cover assy cover and usually snap the link rod back on fairly easy. This usually happens when folks do not take the time in winter to clear the windshield of ice before turning on the wipers. If the wiper blades are stuck to the windshield and you turn them on this linkage will pop off and you can also strip out the wiper arm where it bolts on to the pivot, you can should try and tighten this nut first and get lucky. See if the pivot is moving is so tighten the nut at the bottom of the wiper arm. If the pivot is not turning it is the link rod.
You can usually avoid that by using a good quality winter mix washer fluid that resists freezing, making sure the wipers are cleared of ice before beginning the drive and using the defroster to keep the windshield warm. In extreme conditions you just need to pull over and manually clean the ice off by hand.(only do that where it's safe). There are also specially designed wiper blades that will also help a bit.
You should check your fuses first. What may of happened is that the wiper motor could be frozen if the wiper arms are frozen in ice. Another thing that may of happened is that the wipers were used to clear the windshield instead of clearing it manually. When that is done if there is too much snow or it is a heavy snow the wiper motor will burn up or go bad due to the fact that it does not have enough power to do such things.
this could be a result of the linkage coming apart this is located under the cowel and not easy to service. It could also be a result of bad splines between the wiper arm adn wiper arm shaft. if the later is the case you can sometimes tighten the 15 mm nut that holds the arm to the shaft. but this will only work once or twice before the arm requires repolacement. remember folks, wipers are your friend in the winter, they are not ice chippers or snow plows, always clear your windshield with an ice scraper and make sure the wiper blades are not frozen to the glass. this small form of torture in the cold will save you big $$$ in the auto repair shops.