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Rear window wiper problem

When the backwiper is on the wiper blade is maybe 1 inch away from the glass. it is wiping the air not the window. how can you adjust the blade so it trouches the window? this is a 97 saturn wagon.

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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.

Posted on Jun 08, 2009

  • wekjo Oct 05, 2009

    I recently discussed this common issue with a real Saturn shop mechanic. He drills a hole in the center of the top of the old wiper arm then runs a metal screw down into it, turns the screw in to drive the old arm up and off. I think this could be dangerous as your drill bit could slip off and break the rear window. Important thing is to remember do not pry against the rear window.

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