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Water coming in under glove box. Vent under windshield is problem. How do I remove wipers and plastic cover to get to clog?

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OK, on most GMs the plastic cover is held in place by these little plastic anchors which when removed, sometimes get damaged so they have to be replaced with new, in general.

Also, the wiper arms come off with a screwdriver, but sometimes the tabs get bent, so they have to be bent back.

A windshield technician would know how to remove these parts without damaging it beyond repair.

If you haven't done it before, successfully, I wouldn't do it. Allow a technician to do it, you'll be happier, really.

Check to see if there are any 2" x 3" rubber flaps below located on the firewall where sand or dirt can accumulate, making it overflow into your cabin.

Has your car ever been sandblasted for paint removal? If it has, the drain is likely to be clogged. That's what happened to me once.

You might be able to avoid taking the plastic cover/vent off if the flappers are the only problem.

GM made cars this way in the 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Calais, anyways.

But, I haven't checked to see if they changed designs for the 2002 Malibu, and my online resources don't really cover the problem.

Good luck to you on this fix.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010


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