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Driver side wiper arm moves only a little

Last night, in the snow and ice, the passenger side wiper arm got caught on the drivers side. It tore appart the passenger blade, but appears to have stripped a drive gear or something from the drivers side.

The passenger side works perfectly, as do all the controls, but the drivers side only moves between an inch and about 1/3 of the way. I can twist it on it's mount, so I"m guessing either something is loose, or stripped.

What needs to be replaced?
It sounds simple enough to fix myself - except I cant get that cap off!! Does it twist off - pull off- or none of the above?

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  • shambarber Mar 27, 2009

    I was given a 99' Buick Century with all kinds of problem. This sounds like one of them. The only difference is I can lift the wiper all the way up and turn it around 360, and when I turn the motor on it doesn't do anything. Do you think I need to replace the wiper motor??? If so how is it done???

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Most caps can be pulled up be using a screw driver.Most wiper arms are held on by a nut. Try to tighten up the nut, If that does not work, visit your local junk yard and purchase a new (used) wiper arm.

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The cap pulls off, try to pry it with a screwdriver. then set the arm where it needs to be and tighten the nut under the cap. This is common, the nut usually just loosens.

Posted on Mar 12, 2009

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