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There is no Lifetime limit on winshields I have one that is 43 years old with no problems. you can scratch them if say the rubber gets so old it peals off and the metal rubs on the glass but, that would leave distinct arcs od scratches. A friend of mine used to detail cars at the lot he worked at and one of the first things they did was give them a good cleaning including scrubing the windshield with superfine 0000 or finer steel wool while it was wet with soapy water. makes look like brand new even making major scratches look better. If there are big scratches take it to a place thate does chip repair and have them try to polish them out.
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It's called the windshield eustacheon or "windscreen". It would be cheaper if you can get to a pull a part/junkyard and pull it yourself. Will cost you an arm and a leg at the parts counter at the dealership. There are several years that interchange with your van including the Chrysler vans....1999-2004 I believe.
Another option is to check on Craigslist to see if someone is parting out a Caravan (more than likely). Look in your state, then your area, then look under auto parts and then type in Caravan. You don't have to put a year.
How to Replace Wiper Blades Guide (Typical): Potential tools needed to replace wiper blades:
Flat blade screwdriver (small)
Small nosed pliers
Latex or vinyl gloves
To replace wiper blades theactual action of replacing the blade is no big deal, it's the locationof the blade down below the hood that can make it difficult though.Sometimes it helps to open the hood to gain access to the wiper blades.Other times it is helpful if the wiper blade is somewhere in the motionline of wiper action. The trick is to get the wiper to stop somewherein the wiper arc. Turn the wipers to the on position and allow thewipers to start, and then shut the key off when the wiper has arrivedin a desirable position on the windshield. To replace your wiper bladesplease follow the step by step instruction below. Also, watch the How to replace wiper blades video below to gain additional information. The method in which the wiper blades are attached will vary slightly.
Step 1: With the hood closed, turn the wiperson, when the wipers are in the middle of their arc turn the key to theoff position. (Note: if this can't be done because of wiper conditionand you want to avoid scratching the windshield please open your hoodto gain access)
Step 2: Locate the mounting clips at the top pivot on the wiper blade
Step 3: Release the clip and remove the wiper arm
Step 4: Match the size of the old blade against the new blade to ensure proper fit and operation
Step 5: Reinstall the new wiper blade and recheck wiper operation
Make sure the wiper blades are the same size as the original blades.
When replacing wiper blades not getting the blade onthe mounting pin completely allowing the wiper arm to become dislodgedand possibly causing damage to the windshield.
Using wiper blades after the blade has failed permanently damaging the windshield by craving scratches in the wiper arc.
Wiper blade can create a chattering noise when theblade is not properly balanced allowing the blade to "flop" back andforth as the wiper direction changes.
I hope help you with this (remember rated this help) Good luck.
You posting is slightly confusing but I gather your windshield wipers stopped working.
The repair method is as follows;
) Check the fuse.
) Check the wiper motor. Turn the wipers on and listen for the hum of the motor.
If you hear the hum then the linkage has probably come loose. You will have to take the covers off
to get to the linkage for the wiper. You can either repair the parts, get salvage yard parts or replace with new part$.
If you donot hear the motor hum then you should verify electricity is getting to the motor. A simple
voltmeter can be used. If the motor is bad you can replace it. Call some auto supply stores for after-market motors or call salvage yards for parts.
Pivot Shafts and Linkage
The windshield wiper assembly is mounted below cowl top extension (021A36) . Linkages are connected with non-removable plastic ball joints. Windshield wiper mounting arm and pivot shafts are an integral part of the windshield wiper and are serviced as one unit.
Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301). Refer to Section 14-01 .
Remove antenna mast from the antenna base.
Remove cap on LH and RH windshield wiper pivot arms to expose nuts retaining the arms to pivot shafts.
Remove two nuts, one from each of windshield wiper pivot arms . Lift wiper arms to service position, carefully rocking them back and forth to loosen them from the pivot shaft. Lift off windshield wiper pivot arms .
Remove seven screws retaining the cowl top vent panel.
Disconnect windshield washer hose (17A605) at LH side of vehicle just ahead of where it enters cowl top.
Remove hood cowl seal.
Carefully remove cowl top vent panel from vehicle.
Remove three retaining screws to cowl drain tube that is connected to top cowl.
Disconnect wiring harness leading to windshield wiper motor.
Remove five screws retaining cowl top to vehicle and remove cowl top and windshield wiper from vehicle.
Remove two screws and two nuts retaining windshield wiper to cowl top and separate the two parts.
Remove drive linkage from motor shaft linkage.
Remove remaining screws attaching windshield wiper and separate the two parts.
Cowl Top Panel
Nut (2 Req'd)
Windshield Wiper Motor
Screw (2 Req'd)
Windshield Wiper Assembly
Tighten to 9-12 Nm (80-106 Lb-In)
1) listen if windshield wiper motor is turning when switched on. The motor is under hood up near firewall.
If no noise and fuses are OK, motor may need replacement.
2) If motor can be heard whirring, then maybe the plastic link between
the motor shaft and the wiper arm assy has worn or broken. (A very
cheap part). This can be accessed by removing cowling or vents in front
of windshield. This is a common failure.