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Driver wiper not working, tho, left wiper works fine, wondering if its the motor, or linkage

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Pull the entire wiper arm off and see of the shaft turns when they are running. Most of the time the wiper arm gets stripped and you just need to replace it.

If the shaft does not move, then yes, its the linkage not the motor since they both are driven by the same motor.

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One windshield wiper not working


Maybe the nut that hold the wiper to the linkage is either loose or stripped? The linkage itself is bad?

I think your wiper motor is fine because the passenger side works and uses the same motor to move the wipers.

Mar 25, 2014 | 2001 Ford Taurus

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Volvo windshield wipers don't work


From the wiper motor, the wiper linkage attaches to both wiper arms. If one side is working, then that indicates that your motor is working, and the linkage to at least 1 wiper arm is working.

What's left? The linkage to the other arm, and the connection of the arm to the pivot shaft assembly. Let's find out:

1. Remove the inoperative wiper arm. You will expose the shaft that the wiper arm attaches to. It will have a head on it that looks like a small peanut butter cup, with shallow ridges or splines all the way around it. This can be formed on the end of the shaft, or it can be a separate piece that is removable. If you don't see it, it may have come off with the wiper arm, so look for it to be still embedded in the wiper arm hole. Once you find it, how do those splines look? Are they stripped? If so, they may be rotating within the arm instead of rotating the arm itself.

2. Run the wipers again. Is the shaft rotating? If it is, then the arm and/or splines were the problem, and you need to replace withever component had the stripped splines, whether the arm or that p-nut butter cup splined part. (Or both, if you want to be extra safe and not have to mess with it again for a while.) If you're lucky, it'll be a separate piece that you can replace easily. If not, it'll be formed as part of the wiper linkage, and you'll have to replace the whole linkage. If it's just the arm that's stripped, replace the arm. Easy.

3. If the shaft does NOT rotate with the arm removed, then the linkage is broken, usually at the connection where the wiper shaft connects to the long arm that hooks both wiper shafts together. The bushings are often plastic, and they wear out. If it's plastic, you can get a replacement at the dealer, which will be nice, new plastic to last however long this one did. But if the linkage is metal all the way along, you'll have to do more work than with the easily replaceable plastic connection.

3b. To gain access to the linkage on most vehicles, remove both wiper arms. Next, remove the (usually) black plastic vented piece under & around the wiper shafts. This should allow access to the wiper linkage.

For those who who have neither wiper working and were hoping this would cover it, you're in luck. If neither wiper is working, here's how to test the system:

1. Turn the key to ON.
2. Turn on the wipers.
3. Listen for the sound of the wiper motor. LIsten in the cab, but also in the engine compartment as well. If you hear it but have no wiper movement, your motor is fine and the linkage is the issue.
3b. If you do not hear any motor sounds in the cab or the engine comartment, it's either the motor or the switch (I assume you've checked the fuse already).
4. Check the wiper motor: Does it have a connector for the wires, or just one wire. If it has one wire, remove that wire and check it for voltage with a multi-meter or test-light. If you have a connector, you'll need to know what wire is which. Maybe. Most of the time, the motor is grounded thru the body, so if you remove the bolts and move the motor away from the body, you can check for voltage between the motor and body.
5. If you have no voltage, then it's the switch or wiring, or possibly the resistor, if equipped. If you DO have voltage at the motor, but no motor movement, the motor is bad and must be replaced.

Apr 19, 2013 | 1996 Volvo 850

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The driver's side windshield wiper just stopped moving on my 1993 Geo Metro. The other one still works fine, but the one on the left side feels as though it has become disconnected. It swivels freely...


In your car, a single wiper motor powers a linkage that drives both your windshield wipers. However, joints in that flexible linkage can fail. When that happens, one of your wipers will not longer operate properly. If the linkage has broken completely, the wiper will act like you've described--it'll swivel easily by hand because it's no longer connected to the linkage.

On this car, your wiper motor should be under the hood, sticking out of the firewall. If you're not sure which is your wiper motor, have someone turn on the wipers while you listen and watch. It should be easy to spot the motor, even if you can't quite see what it's doing.

Disconnect your battery, and then loosen the bolts holding your wiper motor in place. Once the bolts are loose, pull it *gently* out of its hole. It probably won't come out all the way, as it will be attached to either one or two linkages, and you run the risk of bending them if you yank on the motor too hard. Once you can see the shaft of the wiper motor, have an assistant move the problem wiper by hand so you can see what's going on. Did the linkage slip off the wiper motor shaft, for example, or is the problem closer to the wiper arm? This observation should start to help you figure this out.

If, in fact, the linkage is bad, then the only solution is to replace it. First, remove one or both wiper arms, depending on whether you have one unified linkage or a small linkage for each wiper arm. You'll be left with little rotating stubs at the wipers. These are most likely bolted in place with external bolts. Take those off and gently push the linkage back into the cavity. You should now be able to pull the linkage out through the opening where the wiper motor was installed. It may require some creative positioning, but it should come out. If, by chance, the linkage won't fit through this hole, you may be able to get it out by removing one or more of the air intake screens and getting the linkage out through those passages.

Installation is the reverse of removal. You may wish you had very little hands to get the linkage bolts properly hooked up to the wiper motor.

One further tip: If you live near a "pick-a-part" salvage yard, which is a great place to find an affordable used linkage for this car, you can practice the linkage removal process on a dead car before trying it out on your own.

May 16, 2011 | Geo Metro Cars & Trucks

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2002 ford crown vic. driver side wiper not working? passenger side works


the linkage between the wiper motor and the wiper arms needs to be replaced. the stud on the one side is stripped and that is why it doesn't work as it should. this happens usually when the wipers are left on in the winter with the blades freezing to the windsheild. turn on the car with frozen blades tends to strip out the teeth holding the wiper arms onto the linkage

Jun 09, 2010 | 2002 Ford Crown Victoria

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2004 Cavalier Wiper Motor


hi, im not sure if they would have a separate motor each because most vehicles have a linkage bar that connects the two wipers to keep them in time with each other. without the wipers on, try manually rotating the paasenger side wiper (be gentle) if that moves easily and the drivers side does not even flinch, then it could be a broken linkage. hope i helped!

Jan 28, 2010 | 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Driver's side wiper arm on my '93 Sidekick is not working


This is what I Found there was not any Illustration's with it looks Fairly simple, Good luck



FRONT
  1. Disconnect linkage assembly from wiper motor shaft.
  2. Disconnect electrical connectors from wiper motor.
  3. Remove wiper motor attaching bolts, then wiper motor.
REAR
  1. Remove wiper blade and arm assembly.
  2. Remove access panel on back door.
  3. Disconnect linkage assembly from wiper motor shaft.
  4. Disconnect electrical connectors from wiper motor.
  5. Remove wiper motor attaching bolts, then wiper motor.
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Jan 20, 2009 | 1995 Suzuki Sidekick

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Hyndai Elantra - 2003 - Passenger side wiper wont go.


I have worked on other wipers, but haven't looked specifically at the Elantra. My guess is that there may be a bolt loose in the linkage between the wiper arms. The motor seems to be working fine, so it is possibly in the linkage between the wiper arms. I think that it can be fixed fairly quickly if this is the issue.

Jul 21, 2008 | Hyundai Motor 2003 Elantra

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My wiper linkage has siezed i have removed the linkage and motor and found that the driver side spindle end is completely siezed and icant move it,the passenger side spindle end moves/seems fine also the...


it might be the motor has siezed. disconnect the linkage from the motor and turn wipers on if works then linkage at fault, if not then motor needs replacing.

Jun 03, 2008 | 2005 Ford Mustang

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