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How to remove a wiper arm from spindle on a 2003 saturn ?

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I have same problem. I had HAYES repair manuel, which is not as good as CHILTON. It did not tell you anything about this problem. I called Saturn of Mesquite . The cap on top can be pried off with a very sharp pocket knife. ( You do not need $ 9 special device from auto part store) There is a Hexagon bolt under. Easy to come off. Under that is a washer that will not come off. It does not matter. The arm fits over a screw tha is part of spindle. You absolutely can not get this part off. SATURN OF MESQITE ,TX STATED IT IS PRESSED ON AT THE FACTORY. IT CAN NOT BE REMOVED EXCEPT BY A SPECIAL ( $ 350 TOOL ) THAT IS NOT SOLD AT AUTO PARTS STORES. ONLY THE SATURN MECHANICS HAVE IT. THE MECHANICS HAVE TO BUY THEIR OWN TOOLS TO WORK. THEY BUY FROM SPECIAL SATRUN AND NOT SOLD TO PUBLIC AT ALL.The mechanic was going to be nice and if I drove it in to Saturn he was going to use the tool to take it off for me. I could not drive it in ( inspection went out last month.) He states that if you try any other way you risk cracking windshield, bending the metal part of window wiper mechanical parts under plastic shield, break shield or crack this part and break it. HE DID SAY THIS COULD BE DONE BUT RISKS ABOVE WERE HIGHLY POSSIBLE. He stated get a vey big screw dirver. Very big like you would work on a 18 wheeler etc. put it side ways on side of bar that looks like screw, this is spindle. You will see wiper arm, spindle going throgh it, on top looks like screw / at bottom is another black plastic looking round area. Put screw drive sideways next go spindle. It will rest on black below and support wiper arm. Hold very firm so it doesn not move when you hit is with a hammer. Take hammer and hit top of screw. the spindle will be knocked down and the wiper arm will stay put because of the screw driver metal holding it where it is. If needed hit more than once. The spindle will move down and the arm wil stay where it is. The arm can be lifted off. When you try to get everything in place you will see how easy it is to break windshield, plastic cowl, or metal bars below. Good Luck.

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