Question about 1997 Nissan Sentra
The arm that goes to the driver side wiper has fallen from the center linkage. I have placed it back into position but after a short period of use it will fall out of the linkage. Does the entire arm to be replaced?
Most likely you will have to replace the wiper linkage from the center pivot to the left or drivers-side wiper pivot. The plastic piece in the linkage gets brittle over time and breaks down. To save a hassle in the future, replace both linkages. It should be under $20.00 for parts.
Posted on Sep 14, 2008
I have a nissan sentra where drivers side wind shield wiper don't turn but passagers side does. what is my problem?
Posted on Oct 17, 2008
I had the same problem with my 1997 nissan sentra. I had the bushing replaced and my wipers are working fine. The bushings only cost about $5 at any parts store.
Posted on Oct 09, 2008
The dealer told me the plastic sockets get old and brittle with age and just like the other answered, it is easiest to replace the entire arm(s), do both while you have it apart, total cost is just around $20. I also noticed when researching this that there was a recall for water getting on the "ball joints" that the arms snap onto:
Recall ID # 98V093000 - VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:LINKAGES ...
I have no idea if Nissan will do anything for a 12 year old car as far as installing the "fix", but it might be worth asking.
Posted on Mar 29, 2009
I have a 96Nissan sentra gxe. The drivers side windshield wiper stopped working all I would hear is a clunk and it would stop mid stream. So I replaced the plastic bushing on just the bar that goes into the passengers side. It has started popping off again. Guessing I should replace the other one as well? Right now I have it held together with wire and that works until the wire snaps..
Posted on Dec 05, 2012
I spoke with a "friend" of mine who is a car mechanic and was told it would cost $125 to fix my driver's side windshield wiper. I went to Advance Auto Parts and described my problem to a parts salesman. He pointed out that you could feel the vibration of the linkage and wiper-motor trying to engage the bushing by putting your fingers on the base of the wiper blade. He sold a "wiper transmission" (linkage arm) for $6.47, tax included. I installed it myself. The hardest part was figuring out how to remove the cowling: remove the wipers, pop off the half-sphere caps with a knife and spray the exposed nuts with with WD-40 then remove them, and then pull the base straight off with vise-grips just tight enough to get a grip. Once inside, pull off old linkage and replace with new. It's easier to put everything back together than it is to get it apart. You will find it helpful to raise or lower the hood and also to re-position the wipers by running them and turning the ignition key off in order to complete the previously described procedures. Takes about an hour.
Posted on Mar 16, 2012
I am having trouble snaping the new transmission arms onto the ball joint
I have tried pliers just my hands I even too the ball joint off the motor and still can"t get it to snap in. Am I missing something?
Posted on Jan 14, 2013
Wiper keep stoping
Posted on Aug 09, 2008
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The wiper motor on a Volkswagen is located directly underneath the plastic cowl cover. The cowl cover is located directly below the windshield.
Begin by removing the wiper arms by prying off the covers at the base of the arms and removing the nuts that secure the arms to the drive shafts. Label the passenger and driver arms so they can be installed in the same positions. They are not interchangeable. Remove the rubber hood to cowl weather seal. Unscrew the plastic fasteners from the driver's side of the cowl cover, then remove this half of the cover. Remove the fasteners from the passenger's side cowl cover and remove this half of the cover. Disconnect the windshield wiper motor wiring harness by separating the plastic wiring connector. Remove the three bolts that secure the wiper motor to the vehicle's body. Pull the motor slightly away from the body, then remove the nut that connects the motor shaft to wiper linkage. Remove the motor.
Place the new wiper motor into position in the cowl and reconnect it to the wiper arm linkage. Then reinstall the three retaining bolts. Reconnect the plastic wiring connector to the wiper motor wiring harness. Place the cowl covers into position below the windshield and reinstall the plastic fasteners that retain them. Reinstall the rubber hood to the cowl weather seal. Reinstall the wiper arms in the same position you removed them from, along with the wiper arm retaining nuts and lower wiper arm covers. Turn the windshield wipers on and test for proper operation. If the wiper blades slap against the bodywork surrounding the windshield, loosen the nuts that connect the wiper arms to the shafts and adjust.
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