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Re: rear window wiper problem
I had a 94 wagon, and have a 99 wagon, and 2001 wagon. I think what you need there is a new rear wiper arm. This is about 44 bucks at getsaturnparts.net. The problem is getting the old wiper arm off without breaking the rear window. The corrosion between the wiper arm and the motor output shaft basically turns the metal into one piece, which may well explain why your arm spring is not holding the arm close to the window. Also explains why you cannot find used saturn rear wiper arms or rear motors on ebay. There is a small sliding lock at the base, but having moved it aside you will find the corrosion will not let the arm go anywhere.
Having done this twice, my approach as follows:
Get a new wiper arm
Take a hack saw and carefully saw the top of the wiper arm off exposing the motor shaft end. After spraying WD40 or other corrosion remover on get a small gear puller and pull the arm off the shaft. Use never seize and slide the new one on.
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When trying to purchase rear wiper blade rubber replacement i could not find a listing for it,i also noticed that the replacement blades for the front needed only a couple more inches of length for the left hand side cutoff to be long enough to do the rear as well ,you would think the manufacturers could have given you that extra as a bonus. Anyway when replacing front wiper blades,as you should at least once a year,rotate the shorter blade to the rear wiper it is the same size, just pull the end of the rubber insert slightly bending it away from the frame and it will slide out,better than having a rubber that is perished hard,how many cars do you see with rear blades that are useless, maybe other makes might also benefit from this.
The wiper arm springs are weak,just grab a used set of arms as most ventures wipe great.People who stick their wipers straight up,usually when freezing rain is coming ,ruin their wiper arm springs and have less wiping pressure too, so have to replace their arms at some point. PEOPLE STOP LEAVING YOUR ARMS IN THE UP IN THE AIR,OFF THE GLASS POSITION.
You will need a 13-inch wiper blade for the rear window. 1 - When removing the wiper blade lift the wiper arm away from the window. ----- 2 - With one hand holding the wiper arm press the small tab on the underside of the wiper blade where it meets the wiper arm. ----- 3 - Slide the wiper blade off of the arm by pulling the center toward the bottom of the arm.----- 4 - Lightly lay the wiper arm on the window.----- 5 - Prepare your new wiper blade by taking the curved part of the plastic clip and line it up with the curve of your wiper arm. ----- 6 - Lift the wiper arm and press it through the center of the wiper blade up and over the plastic clip. 7 - Pull the wiper blade up until it clicks. Place the arm back on the window.
If it is not touching the glass the arm is bent. Raise the arm away from the glass. Grasp the arm near where it is mounted to the body and near the wiper blade with the other hand. Slightly bend the arm toward the glass. Only bend the arm a very slight amount and check to see if there is enough pressure for the wiper blade to work correctly. Repeat this until the wiper blade cleans the glass properly. DO NOT over bend the wiper arm as too much pressure will cause the blade to wear out very quickly.
Fixed glass is placed against a bead of urethane sealer, like caulking.
Window, Liftgate, Stationary
Removal WARNING: SAFETY GLASSES AND GLOVES MUST BE WORN. CAUTION: Use only urethane for after-seal to service air and water leaks in urethane seal. Failure to do this may result in additional leaks. CAUTION: Allow all glass parts installed with urethane ample time to cure. If ample time is not allowed, glass may come loose and/or leak.
Remove window wiper pivot arm (17526) .
Remove all window glass stops.
Using Rotunda Glass Adhesive Cutter 118-00050 or Rotunda Deluxe Glass Adhesive Cutter 163-00001 or equivalent, follow manufacturer's instructions and cut seal and dam around entire outer edge of windshield glass (03100) .
Remove glass from vehicle.
Trim urethane left on flange with a utility knife or razor blade until surface is smooth and free of cuts. It is not necessary to remove all urethane from the flange if it is cured. However, at no point should existing urethane material exceed 2.54mm (0.10 inch).
NOTE: If urethane has not cured completely, remove all uncured urethane using care not to smear urethane on component parts.
Check flange sealing area for damaged sheet metal or foreign objects which may have caused, or may cause, glass breakage. Service sheet metal if necessary.
If existing urethane on metal flange has become contaminated, cut away contaminated urethane with a utility knife or razor blade.
If painted sheet metal has been exposed anywhere along the flange, apply Urethane Metal Primer WSB-M2G234-C or equivalent over the painted surface using a clean brush.
NOTE: A minimum of 30 minutes is required for primer surface to dry.
Place the windshield glass on a low, stable work surface, inside up.
NOTE: Wipe off immediately after application because it flash-dries.
Using a lint-free cloth, wipe outer 25mm (1 inch) of inside glass periphery with Urethane Glass Wipe WSB-M5B280-C2 or equivalent.
Position mouldings on glass.
CAUTION: Allow all glass parts installed with urethane ample time to cure. If ample time is not allowed, glass may come loose and/or leak.
Thoroughly shake and stir Urethane Glass Primer WSB-M2G314-B or equivalent to ensure uniform pigment mixing.
Using a clean brush, apply primer around entire periphery of glass on inside surface as shown. (Allow at least five minutes drying time.)
Properly align glass to body.
Make sure lower windshield glass stops are in place at bottom of windshield glass opening.
Place windshield glass into opening. Center it top and bottom, side to side, with about equal clearance around opening.
Using masking tape or crayon, make alignment marks at points on both the windshield glass and the window opening.
Remove windshield glass from vehicle and place back on work table.
Apply an even bead of Urethane Adhesive WSB-M2G316-B on top of existing urethane around entire window opening using an air pressure cartridge gun. Air line pressure should be around 276 kPa (40 psi). The bead should be large enough to seal the windshield glass but not cause expulsion into vehicle.
Install windshield glass onto vehicle, taking care to align marks on glass to those on body. This must be done within 10 minutes of applying urethane.
It depends on which style of wiper arm you have. Most auto parts stores will install new wiper blades free - just ask them when you go in to buy.Don't buy the cheapest blades - you get what you pay for! I personally buy Bosch blades - being winter, I get the winter blades. Wiper blades are meant to last only 3 months and the life will be greatly shortened if you have tree sap or chemicals on the glass. Scrape the glass with a razor blade then clean with an alcohol based window cleaner and make sure you wipe the new blades with the alcohol wipe they come with, as most all blades have a chemical coating to delay rubber decay during shipping and pre - sale storage and this coating can cause streaking on your window. You may want to clean your existing blades with alcohol if they wipe good but streak or cause hazing on the windshield. Hope this helps and please rate my solution!!
It has obviously been bent. Put the wiper arm in the correct "off" position and observe any space between the blade and the glass. Next pull the arm out so that it is away from the glass. Using two sets of plyers or vise grips place one on the flat shaft next to the mount. Place the other about one inch away and bend the arm toward the glass. NOTE A small bend will make a lot of difference so bend very little, release both tool replace the arm in the standard position and check to see if yoy have bent the arm enough. If not repeat until it works properly. DO NOT bend it so that the pressure is more than you need or your wiper blade will wear out very quickly.
Check the clearance of the wiper blade from the edge of the glass at the top of it's sweep. If you have over an extra inch of glass, you can go with a 2 inch longer blade (one inch above the pivot point and one inch below). If you have over 2 inches, go with a 4 inch longer, etc...
Sounds like you have a bent wiper arm. Maybe somebody in a parking lot pulled on it. You can try rebending it towards the window by removing the arm and slightly bending it. A little bend should do. I don't know why Dodge didn't make these spring loaded like the fronts.
Good luck and keep us posted.