The rear window wiper arm is just dangling down. I need to either try to tighten back up or remove it and get another arm. How do I get it off or how do I tighten it? I can't find a set screw or anything visible to tighten. All I can see is a spring. What do I do?
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Re: How to remove wiper arm on 2001 Ford Windstar
Hi, These arms have what looks like teeth gears that they fit onto. There is a spring clip on the bottom of the arm that holds the arm onto that geared shaft. When you push it on make sure it is in the correct position and you should hear a click if the spring clip is working OK. You should not be able to pull it back off easily without releasing the clip. Sometimes they get pulled off in a car wash without breaking the clip. Good Luck, hope this Fixsya!
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at the base of the wiper arm theres a small cap to cover the point where the arm is mounted to the mechanism,remove the cap and tighten the nut ,you may have to loosen and tighten this nut a few times to adjust the arc of movement of the arm,ie,it may move too far across and foul the other wiper or too far down and foul the window lip,a bit of trial and error should see it working as good as new,
its nothing to do with fuses or electrics of any sort its just a loose nut on the wiper arm mount is all
there should be a nut at the bottom of the wiper arm possibly a plastic cover over the nut remove and remove the nuts while the nuts are removed grab wiwiper at the top and try to jiggle of stud at the bottom sometimes it helps to move wiper arm so it hinges or wiper arm is sticking up ,once removed set the wipers mabey 2 inches above the bottom of the window and tighten nuts
Try to run the motor without the wiper arms tightened down and turn it off so it can cycle down to its rest state. Then install the wiper arms.
Make sure, that the car's windshield wiper wiring is correct for this motor.
--- Wiper Arm & BladeRemoval & InstallationFrontTo Remove: CAUTION When the wipers are parked (off), the driver’s wiper arm must be above the passenger’s wiper arm.
Remove the clip holding the outside end of the wiper arm cover to the arm.
Lift the arm cap up to expose the nut.
Remove the wiper arm mounting nut.
Using a suitable two jaw puller, remove the wiper arm from the wiper pivot.
Verify that the wiper motor and linkage are in the parked position.
Place the wiper arm in position over the wiper pivot.
Install the nut to hold the wiper arm to the wiper pivot. Torque nut to 26 ft. lbs. (35 Nm).
CAUTION Make sure to tighten the wiper arm nut properly.
Push the arm cap cover down.
Secure the clip holding the cover to the wiper arm.
A new wiper motor assembly comes with the linkage arm installed.
Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
Remove the windshield wiper mounting arm and pivot shaft
Do not remove the wiper motor linkage arm from the wiper motor
assembly. If the arm is removed, the wiper arms may not park in the
Use a suitable tool to separate the wiper linkage arm from the wiper mounting arm and pivot shaft assembly.
Remove the 3 bolts and the wiper motor.
Fig. Wiper motor and linkage
Install wiper motor and bolts.
Tighten wiper motor bolts to 10 ft. lbs. (13 Nm).
Install windshield wiper mounting arm and pivot shaft.
Check wiper operation.
Rear Wiper Motor - Removal & Installation
Remove the rear pivot arm.
Remove the rear wiper motor shaft nut cover
Remove the rear wiper motor shaft nut.
Open the lift gate window.
Remove the rear wiper motor cover trim panel.
Disconnect the electrical connector.
Remove the 2 rear window wiper motor nuts
Remove the rear window wiper motor.
Fig. Rear wiper motor view-2008 model shown, other years similar
Install rear wiper motor and tighten mounting nuts to 62 inch lbs. (7 Nm).
Reconnect the electrical connector.
Install wiper motor cover trim panel.
Install rear wiper pivot arm tighten nut to 53 inch lbs. (6 Nm).
Sounds like the spring has broken in the wiper arm. If you pull the cover off of the base of the wiper arm there will be a screw. Remove the screw and pull straight out on the base of the arm. That will release it from the actuator. You should be able to pick one up at a parts house for about $20 to $40 dollars or you could shop a salvage yard for about $10. Hope this helps. Good luck. Please re-post with updates. Thanks cj2176.