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I have a 05 Impala and the wipers stay up when they are off. How can i fix this? Some forum said it is the wiper transmission but it cost 150 dollars for part and 300 to have fixed. Can it be any thing else?

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  • Rick Sep 11, 2009

    I am not sure but i will try that. Thanks for reply.

  • Superbovine May 11, 2010

    Do the wipers seem to wipe "too far" as well? It could just be that they have 'walked' out of position on the drive shafts and need to be repositioned. Also certain models have "snow position" settings on the wipers, a firm tug in the upward direction and they will park higher up to prevent getting stuck during winter/snow months. A firm push downward puts them back into regular park position. Your model may or may not have this feature.

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It is either the wiper trans or the wiper motor, more likely the wiper motor is defective. the wiper motor is what i have found casues this the most often, in fact the wiper trans has never been the cause of not parking in any car i have fixed in the last 25 years.

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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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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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