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I replaced wiper linkage on 2006 cobalt. Everyting wrks. How do I adjust wipers so that they rest in the proper place

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Take the wiper arms off. Turn your wipers on and let it run a couple of seconds. Turn them off and reconnect the wiper arms where you want them.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017

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    yadayada Apr 19, 2017

    That works only if the wiper arms are not keyed to a certain position

  • Robert Davis
    Robert Davis Apr 19, 2017

    Disconnect linkage at the wiper motor. Turn wipers on and off until the motor comes to rest in the desired posotion.



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