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Wipers wont move volvo 960

I had snow on my windshiled, thought it was dry enough/and light enough to seep off with the motor and wipers, but now they won't move. I know it's a steel cable that controls them, but I don't know how to access it.....wish there was an old Clymers manual for this thing w/pictures.

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  • stephen peirce Dec 29, 2012

    see if the arms move loosley

  • adrian_st365
    adrian_st365 Dec 29, 2012

    They move fine, in fact too lose, they are not on the linkage. I just need some kind of reference picture of it. Like an old clymers manual....

  • adrian_st365
    adrian_st365 Dec 30, 2012

    I found a picture of the cowling and how to remove it to access the cables, and see what's happening. Suffice to say it won't be done during a blizzard. A little sweeping would have prevented this.....probably for the best, it sucks out outside

  • stephen peirce Dec 30, 2012

    thats what I meant the arms are very loose,pull the wiper arms off & look for the rubber bushings

  • adrian_st365
    adrian_st365 Dec 30, 2012

    OK, I got the cover off, and inside there's a linkage system that has cables on cams, and an armature bar that connects to the motor, which has a rubber grommet that attaches to a knob on the motor arm, which moves in a circle, in turn moving the wiper linkage, it has popped off of a shiny mushroom shaped piece of metal, and it only sits on there losely, I'm not sure if it rotted away, or what, but it looks like it needs to be replaced. It's probably going to be a nightmare to do it, but, I'll try a parts store and perhpas try a Volvo dealer when I can get out, if anyone has an idea how to keep that thing on, it looks like it should pop over, but as I said it just sits on the motor arm. I did pack it w/grease which gives it some friction hold, and i'm hoping the cowling will keep it in place, we'll see. I don't have high hopped, but the funny thing is that I can't see any piece of rotten rubber, or a C clip, or anything that looks like it was there to hold it on. ??? Thanks,

  • stephen peirce Dec 30, 2012

    the dealer will kill you $wise,if you have a welder or no somebody take it out & do every part that way it won't happen again /the junk yard is also an option good luck

  • adrian_st365
    adrian_st365 Dec 31, 2012

    It's just a piece of rubber, no bigger than a quarter. I've found the part online for just about every other car manufacturer so it's got to be a serviceable part.. I was hoping that someone might now of a a source for the part, and the flexible seal for the windshield edge and the cowling. I've really need to get out, so I'll try a multipack and some bushings I found. There's no welding that needs to be done, it's just a bushing.

  • stephen peirce Dec 31, 2012

    thats what I thought it was but you can never be shure without being there & seeing it yourself you have to go to the dealer for this part don't try a make shift solution it will fail when you need it the most & don't let squeegie boys touch your windows they ruin those bushings by grabbing your wipers when the motors not turning them happy new year adrian from steve the fat guy

  • adrian_st365
    adrian_st365 Dec 31, 2012

    Volvo dealer said that it's NOT a serviceable part....and they wanted $350.00 for the wiper transmission. Off to the junk yards....

  • stephen peirce Dec 31, 2012

    I'll give you a suggestion go to a hyundai dealer & ask them I bought them for a rental car that I had & most times the parts are the same the ones I got looked like a bell shaped or lamp shade with the hole in the middle I still have 2 but these were for the arms to connect to the linkage outside by the windshield I'll try to find them & take a picture to post ,but I know if you get a faucet repair kit that has hard rubber washers used as seats for the hot &cold hole in center you can drill them out toshape & fit on the link you can go to lowes home depot or a hardware store ask for the assortment their all different sizes this will definately do it you just have to shape & fit go slowly & you will suceed patience is needed for this it'll take alittle time but it will work in the meantime i'll look for mine

  • stephen peirce Jan 01, 2013

    i'm trying but I don't think it's working I'm going to try my email if you get it email me & I'll send you the pics oilcan241@aol.com

  • stephen peirce Jan 01, 2013

    also if these bushings are not it or the plumbing washers/seats don't work a piece of emission hose might work any happy new year

  • adrian_st365
    adrian_st365 Jan 01, 2013

    I bought some grommets, what you are describing is it, you've got the right mental picture, the piece it needs to secure on the motor arm is a metal mushroom shape, if you literally took a white button mushroom, cut off the stem, and just slice a littel piece of the top, to make a flap, that would be what I've got to get the armature bar onto. It's just stamped sheet metal, I could bend it with my hands, but it's got a hole with the old bushing in it, it almost looks like there should have been like a C-ring or some kind of locking piece, but it was probably just soft rubber shaped just like the piece and popped over it. I've got some jury rigged pieces I picked up at Home Depot, and a couple of multi-purpose fit pieces from nissan, and GM, I think they are mostly too small, and it's got to be able to rotate that's what kills it. If I could secure it w/locking wire nuts, it would still pull off because it's got to be able to revolve 360 degrees with the arm rotating around it. If I could find a perfect middle, and drill a hole, put a roll pin inside that might do it, but I've found a couple used assemblies on Ebay for $30.00 and around that price. I think that's really my best bet and hope the rubber is good on the pulled parts. It's common to all years of the 960 series, right up to '97 before the "ugh" ford "ugh" volvos came out....I'm hoping I can put a gromet into the old housing, and THen use one of the old multi-purpose kts to snap something into that so i can keep it locked in place and running in a circle. It's almost warm enough to get outside. I'll see what I can do.

  • stephen peirce Jan 01, 2013

    I tried to send you my email I can see it in the message if you can see it send me a email not thru fixya so I can send you a picture of the grommet & possibly if this is what you need I'll send it to you,but what I have is mushroom shaped & it would fit over your metal piece like a boot then you would put a eclip around the little round piece that sticks thru to hold it on just in case the hyundai part# is98155-26000& it is called a seal ball dust boot or bushing or grommet when I ripped open the pack part of the name is missing but the # will get you what you need it is a 5 pack If you see it you'll know if thats it I have them & dont't need them so it's up to you I'm in pa by I 80 & I81 I have 3 left from the 5 pack

  • adrian_st365
    adrian_st365 Jan 02, 2013

    OK. Let me preface this by saying that I do have a brain/neurological issue, it\'s called Chiari Malformation, and does it really, REALLY affect my ability to function and think. I can\'t believe I did this.....but at the end I fixed it, just fine. So, I was able to pull the arm w/ the bushing out over my windshield, I cleared all of the lube/grease I put in it, to see if that would stick it to it. When I looked at it, it was totally new looking, like factory. I couldn\'t find ANYTHING in the are under the cowling, and nothing had gotten in or out. When I looked at the grommet piece in there, there was a flat spot, just like on the metal counterpiece. Since it was just sitting on it, and I only had used hand pressure (my arm/wrist strength is greatly weakened from the Syinx tumors,discs in my neck, and the brain herniation....I\'m only saying this because I can\'t believe I did this stupid maneuver. I grabbed a derin mallet, and gave it a good whack, and with the lube still on the ball for the socket, it just...popped right back on. I\'d assumed it was bottomed out, but it wasn\'t. With the mallet it was securely on, I put it back together. And it worked fine. I won\'t go into detail about how I swithed wiper arms, and bolted them on opposite sides, because I had put them in the exact position to keep that from NOT happening. Then, I had bolted them on without the arms parked in the lowest position, They bottomed out on the hood, so I had to do that over. So frustrated, but it got done. I was able to fix the weird way the hood is held closed, the two retracting socket joints that lock the spring actuated hood locking devices down all the way. They\'d been gummed up with so much grease that had turned into glue. I got behind the shielding, sprayed in some degreaser, and moved the cables back and forth, got some cleaner into the cable housing and once I moved them back and forth they sprang back into place and now the hood closes all the way again. Whoopee. It\'s pretty frustrating having this brain/body issue, but I\'m glad I got the car fixed. I\'m rewarded with one of the top five worst cluster headaches this year, but it did feel good to work on something with my hands again. Now, I\'ve got to figure out why the vent switch won\'t work anymore, fix the passenger power seat that doesn\'t move, get the timing belt done, then maybe fix the seat heaters.....it goes on and on, but these cars will save your life if you ever get hit inside one. Thanks for all the help Stephen, sorry I had you going all over the place to fix something I should\'ve caught the first time I had the cowl open. Anyway I still need to replace the trim for the windshiled, it\'s all rusted to hell, so I know how to do that. Thanks again. FIXED IT!!!!

  • stephen peirce Jan 02, 2013

    thats great & don't worry everybody needs help with stuff from time to time I have my moments to & I've been a mechanic for 45 years their are things that get me to ,alot of times the electrical stuff is just a corrosion & cleaning issue 1500grit sandpaper 0000 steel wool emery nail boards & contact spray &dielectric grease will usually get things working also pb blaster is ex.good luck feel better & knock rust & corrosion out for 2013 it does great damage fast oxidation on contacts causes alot of problems keep in touch adrian & be safe stephen(the fatguy)

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I think ther are rubber bushings that hold the wiper arms on the wiper linkages that have worn out,some cars have these & if the arms can't move because the blades were frozen to the window,those linkage shafts that the arm fits on were still turning underneath tearing the rubber up,can you here the motor turning with no wiper movement,or is there nothing,could be blown fuse cause the wiper motor got hot from not being able to rotate inside?

Posted on Dec 29, 2012

  • adrian_st365
    adrian_st365 Dec 29, 2012

    I should add that, yes I can hear the motor moving, and when I move one of the blades the other one moves with it, so I think it's just some kind of linkage issue. A lot of it's covered in snow, and I just could use some help in finding where the access point is at.

  • adrian_st365
    adrian_st365 Dec 29, 2012

    It's not a blown fuse, I checked it. And the arms are securely bolted to the linkage securely.

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