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Wipers stuck in the middle of windshield

My wipers on my 2005 chevy impala still work but they park in the middle instead of down like they should be. What's could be the issue?

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  • pbeck_10 Apr 23, 2009

    i have same problem, wipers park in middle of windshield when turned off. replaced wiper motor and it was NOT the problem. wasted 85.00 i do NOT recomend replacing motor for this prob.

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The wiper motor need replacing

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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You need to replace wiper mounting bracket. search a salvage yard new one is 265.00 at GM. "park tab" is bent on mounting plate, i bought entire assembly from yard for 65.00 just for the mounting bracket, this was the solution, wipers now park below hood where they are suppose to

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It is not the motor, i have the same issue, and replacing the motor did not help.. Here is a way to tell:

Take off all of the moldings, so you can see in the back of the wiper motor, in the back, you should see how they move, by two long rods connected to the back where the wipers are held in place, turn the wipers on, and see if the bracket in the back of the motor runs in a complete circle, or if it just moves partially.. unhook the arms from the motor and see if they run freely, if they do, then it is your wiper switch, depending on your make/model, you can be looking at hundreds of dollars if you dont know how to take apart the steering panel.

Posted on May 20, 2009

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I just solved this problem last night with my '05 Impala, and ultimately the solution was what newton5083 stated above.  Yet, it may also be this (I found it online somewhere):
You have bent or broken the "park tab" on the windshield wiper motor bracket. The correct way to fix this is to remove the wiper arms, wiper linkage and wiper motor from the wiper motor bracket, and install a new bracket.
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There is a revised bracket part # which is supposed to be more durable, GM part #12368639. Here is a copy of the TSB which points out this problem:
Bulletin No.: 05-08-43-003A
Date: March 10, 2005
TECHNICAL
Subject:
Windshield Wipers Park in Up Position (Replace Windshield Wiper Motor Bracket)
Models:
2005 Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo
Supercede:
This bulletin is being revised to make a correction to the Parts Information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 05-08-43-003 (Section 08-Body and Accessories).

Condition
Some customers may comment that the windshield wipers park in the out wipe (vertical) position.
Cause
This condition may be caused by a bent park tab on the windshield wiper motor bracket.

Correction
To correct this condition, replace the wiper motor bracket. It will be necessary to transfer the following parts listed below to the new bracket.
^ Wiper transmission
^ Wiper motor crank arm
^ Wiper motor
1. Remove the windshield wiper motor drive system module.
2. Remove the windshield wiper transmission from the windshield wiper motor bracket.
3. Remove the wiper motor crank arm from the windshield wiper motor.
4. Remove the windshield wiper motor from the bracket.
5. Install the windshield wiper motor to the new bracket.
6. Install the wiper motor crank arm to the windshield wiper motor.
7. Install the windshield wiper transmission to the windshield wiper motor bracket.
8. Install the windshield wiper motor drive system module.

A TSB is not a recall, if vehicle is still under warranty the dealer should be repaired for free. If not, you'll have to pay for the repairs. 

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