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Chevy optra windshield wiper arms spring frozen or bent

Wipers stopped working well on my girlfriends car, without looking at them I assumed the blades were pooched, changed them and realized that the arm the blades attach to isn't holding the blades down tight against the windshield properly, I fiddled around with them for a bit and I think something is going on with the spring located on the under side of the arm. Help please.

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Windshield wipers


sounds like the torque if it bent the arm or mount..first if the wipers are frozen dont ever turn the wipers on.. this burns out relays and fuses both....to release the wipers..pour lukewarm water(not hot) on the window to melt the ice or run the defroster at medium speed to avoid cracking the fragile windowglass..there is a clip on the bottom of the arm mount that can be moved to the side and the entire arm comes off (some are held on by a bolt under a cover at the base determine which is the case.. also check the underhood linkages to se if they are not bent either..watch for abnormalities in the working of the wiper arms and detrmine which need the attention..a body person can assist in this or someone who does detailing maybe..if you dont want dealer service to look at it..

Jan 20, 2013 | 2003 Chevrolet Monte Carlo

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Drivers side windshield wiper on a 2004 Chevy caviler stopped working,how do i fix it


have to replace the wiper arm.there are splines on the arm that attach it to the stub.most likely stripped out in winter due to frozen windshield.

Jul 28, 2012 | 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier

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Why do my windshield wipers stop in the middle of my windshield when I turn them off.


Im no mechanic but this was an easy fix even for me, lift the hood, unbolt the wipers,pop the black plastic clips(they look like large flat plastic screws) then lift the whole plastic cover out of the way, look down on the drivers side wiper assembly and below that it joins to the motor, on the motor there is a little metal lug that has got bent , when you run the wiper look in and you will see a little spring loaded arm pass by the lug when it goes to the idle poosition, you need to bend the lug back in towards the little arm, not too far or it will sound like it is grinding when the wipers are running.
this lug pusches the wipers back to their home position.

Feb 14, 2011 | 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix

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How do I change wiper blades 2001 Chevy blazer


Open the cap at the end of the windshield wiper arm at the cowl of the Blazer. This will reveal the bolt that secures the wiper arm to the wiper linkage.
Unbolt the wiper arm using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Place the bolt to the side, as you will reuse it later.
Pull the wiper arm up at the blade so that the blade of the wiper is pointing into the air. Then pull at the base of the arm, wiggling it slightly. It's a keyed gear, so it may take a little bit of workunderlined.png?1 to break it free, but with the right amount of wiggling, it will disengage.

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  • 3 Pull the wiper arm up at the blade so that the blade of the wiper is pointing into the air. Then pull at the base of the arm, wiggling it slightly. It's a keyed gear, so it may take a little bit of workunderlined.png?1 to break it free, but with the right amount of wiggling, it will disengage.

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  • 2 Unbolt the wiper arm using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Place the bolt to the side, as you will reuse it later.
  • 3 Pull the wiper arm up at the blade so that the blade of the wiper is pointing into the air. Then pull at the base of the arm, wiggling it slightly. It's a keyed gear, so it may take a little bit of workunderlined.png?1 to break it free, but with the right amount of wiggling, it will disengage.

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  • 2 Unbolt the wiper arm using a 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Place the bolt to the side, as you will reuse it later.
  • 3 Pull the wiper arm up at the blade so that the blade of the wiper is pointing into the air. Then pull at the base of the arm, wiggling it slightly. It's a keyed gear, so it may take a little bit of workunderlined.png?1 to break it free, but with the right amount of wiggling, it will disengage.

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    Jan 15, 2011 | 2001 Chevrolet Blazer

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    Winshield wipers dont work


    To troubleshoot car windshield wiper problems, you need to thoroughly investigate problems with any of its operating parts. Here are some of the things that you need to check to determine why are your car windshield wipers not working.

    Check Wiper Motor
    The wiper motor is the driving force of the windshield wiper. Feel the motor and listen to a humming sound. If there is no humming, the motor is the problem. Check if the motor is working properly and see to it that its electrical connections are made properly. If you find that the motor is dead and beyond repair, get it replaced immediately.

    Check For Break in Connecting Wires
    The connecting wires of the motor sometimes go loose and that may cause the windshield wipers to stop working. Also check the battery plug connection which the motor has. Connecting the loose wires properly or fixing/replacing the plug might solve your problem.

    Check Wiper Switch
    Another wiper assembly part that can malfunction is the wiper switch itself. Check for switch malfunction and if you find that is indeed the problem, get it replaced from a mechanic.

    Check for Bent Wiper Arms
    Bent wiper arms can cause the operation of the wipers to be hampered. If the wiper arms are bent beyond repair, get them replaced immediately.

    Check For Blown Out Car Fuse
    A blown up car fuse could be the culprit that has stopped the windshield wipers from working. Check the fuse assembly under the dashboard of the car. Replacing a blown fuse might fix the problem of windshield wipers not working.

    Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working - Things to Check

    Sometimes the windshield wiper sprayer stops working which can be very annoying. The washer mechanism is a self cleaning mechanism for the windshield. Here are some of the things that you need to check in case it is not working.

    Check Windshield Washer Motor
    The windshield washer mechanism might have been impaired due to the malfunctioning of the wiper washer motor. Check if its working and get it replaced if it is beyond repair.

    Check Windshield Washer Fluid Level
    Sometimes the washer doesn't work because the washer fluid levels are not filled to requisite levels. Filling in fluid might restore normal functioning.

    Check For Broken Washer Hose
    The connecting washer hose that connects the reservoir to the nozzle, might be broken or worn out stalling the overall operation. Check the hose for leaks and get it replaced.

    Check Washer Nozzle For Clogging
    Last thing to check is the nozzle of the washer for clogging. An obstruction in the washer nozzle might be the reason for windshield wiper sprayers not working. Using a pin, clean the clogged nozzle. This might restore the sprayer to the normal working condition.

    Jan 05, 2011 | 1999 Mercury Mystique

    1 Answer

    My widshield wipers dont work and the fuses are fine


    To troubleshoot car windshield wiper problems, you need to thoroughly investigate problems with any of its operating parts. Here are some of the things that you need to check to determine why are your car windshield wipers not working.

    Check Wiper Motor
    The wiper motor is the driving force of the windshield wiper. Feel the motor and listen to a humming sound. If there is no humming, the motor is the problem. Check if the motor is working properly and see to it that its electrical connections are made properly. If you find that the motor is dead and beyond repair, get it replaced immediately.

    Check For Break in Connecting Wires
    The connecting wires of the motor sometimes go loose and that may cause the windshield wipers to stop working. Also check the battery plug connection which the motor has. Connecting the loose wires properly or fixing/replacing the plug might solve your problem.

    Check Wiper Switch
    Another wiper assembly part that can malfunction is the wiper switch itself. Check for switch malfunction and if you find that is indeed the problem, get it replaced from a mechanic.

    Check for Bent Wiper Arms
    Bent wiper arms can cause the operation of the wipers to be hampered. If the wiper arms are bent beyond repair, get them replaced immediately.

    Check For Blown Out Car Fuse
    A blown up car fuse could be the culprit that has stopped the windshield wipers from working. Check the fuse assembly under the dashboard of the car. Replacing a blown fuse might fix the problem of windshield wipers not working.

    Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working - Things to Check

    Sometimes the windshield wiper sprayer stops working which can be very annoying. The washer mechanism is a self cleaning mechanism for the windshield. Here are some of the things that you need to check in case it is not working.

    Check Windshield Washer Motor
    The windshield washer mechanism might have been impaired due to the malfunctioning of the wiper washer motor. Check if its working and get it replaced if it is beyond repair.

    Check Windshield Washer Fluid Level
    Sometimes the washer doesn't work because the washer fluid levels are not filled to requisite levels. Filling in fluid might restore normal functioning.

    Check For Broken Washer Hose
    The connecting washer hose that connects the reservoir to the nozzle, might be broken or worn out stalling the overall operation. Check the hose for leaks and get it replaced.

    Check Washer Nozzle For Clogging
    Last thing to check is the nozzle of the washer for clogging. An obstruction in the washer nozzle might be the reason for windshield wiper sprayers not working. Using a pin, clean the clogged nozzle. This might restore the sprayer to the normal working condition.

    Jan 03, 2011 | 1992 Honda Accord

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    My windshield wipers on my 2001 Chevy Impala stop in the upright position when i turn it off! WHAT DO I DO!! I NEED HELP!!


    This is a very common problem on the Impalas. I had to fix my 2002 Impala. Both wipers will point straight up.
    There is a tab that may be bent near the wiper motor shaft.
    Open the hood.
    You need to remove the driver's side wiper arm. You need to pop-off the round black cover and there's a nut underneath.
    Then remove the plastic cover between the windshield and the engine compartment.
    See the pictures below, Look for a bent TAB. it's really tough, but bend it back with pliers and/or big screwdriver. The "catch" needs to stop on the tab to park the wipers correctly.
    If the tab is OK, look for a missing or broken spring. For that, you'll need to get the replacement part from the dealer. May be: park mechanism, part #12494832
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    I did a full write-up at this website: www.naioa.com
    http://www.naioa.com/v2/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=26086
    You may have to register for free, and look under the "knowledge Based" section in the Forum.

    Dec 29, 2010 | 2001 Chevrolet Impala

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    Renualt megan wipers not working


    To troubleshoot car windshield wiper problems, you need to thoroughly investigate problems with any of its operating parts. Here are some of the things that you need to check to determine why are your car windshield wipers not working.

    Check Wiper Motor
    The wiper motor is the driving force of the windshield wiper. Feel the motor and listen to a humming sound. If there is no humming, the motor is the problem. Check if the motor is working properly and see to it that its electrical connections are made properly. If you find that the motor is dead and beyond repair, get it replaced immediately.

    Check For Break in Connecting Wires
    The connecting wires of the motor sometimes go loose and that may cause the windshield wipers to stop working. Also check the battery plug connection which the motor has. Connecting the loose wires properly or fixing/replacing the plug might solve your problem.

    Check Wiper Switch
    Another wiper assembly part that can malfunction is the wiper switch itself. Check for switch malfunction and if you find that is indeed the problem, get it replaced from a mechanic.

    Check for Bent Wiper Arms
    Bent wiper arms can cause the operation of the wipers to be hampered. If the wiper arms are bent beyond repair, get them replaced immediately.

    Check For Blown Out Car Fuse
    A blown up car fuse could be the culprit that has stopped the windshield wipers from working. Check the fuse assembly under the dashboard of the car. Replacing a blown fuse might fix the problem of windshield wipers not working.

    Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working - Things to Check

    Sometimes the windshield wiper sprayer stops working which can be very annoying. The washer mechanism is a self cleaning mechanism for the windshield. Here are some of the things that you need to check in case it is not working.

    Check Windshield Washer Motor
    The windshield washer mechanism might have been impaired due to the malfunctioning of the wiper washer motor. Check if its working and get it replaced if it is beyond repair.

    Check Windshield Washer Fluid Level
    Sometimes the washer doesn't work because the washer fluid levels are not filled to requisite levels. Filling in fluid might restore normal functioning.

    Check For Broken Washer Hose
    The connecting washer hose that connects the reservoir to the nozzle, might be broken or worn out stalling the overall operation. Check the hose for leaks and get it replaced.

    Check Washer Nozzle For Clogging
    Last thing to check is the nozzle of the washer for clogging. An obstruction in the washer nozzle might be the reason for windshield wiper sprayers not working. Using a pin, clean the clogged nozzle. This might restore the sprayer to the normal working condition.

    Dec 25, 2010 | 2006 Renault R5

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    Wipers don't work on my 2006 Colorado. They drag and sometimes don't come on at all


    Windshield Wipers Not Working - Things to Check
    To troubleshoot car windshield wiper problems, you need to thoroughly investigate problems with any of its operating parts. Here are some of the things that you need to check to determine why are your car windshield wipers not working.
    Check Wiper Motor
    The wiper motor is the driving force of the windshield wiper. Feel the motor and listen to a humming sound. If there is no humming, the motor is the problem. Check if the motor is working properly and see to it that its electrical connections are made properly. If you find that the motor is dead and beyond repair, get it replaced immediately.
    Check For Break in Connecting Wires
    The connecting wires of the motor sometimes go loose and that may cause the windshield wipers to stop working. Also check the battery plug connection which the motor has. Connecting the loose wires properly or fixing/replacing the plug might solve your problem.
    Check Wiper Switch
    Another wiper assembly part that can malfunction is the wiper switch itself. Check for switch malfunction and if you find that is indeed the problem, get it replaced from a mechanic.
    Check for Bent Wiper Arms
    Bent wiper arms can cause the operation of the wipers to be hampered. If the wiper arms are bent beyond repair, get them replaced immediately.
    Check For Blown Out Car Fuse
    A blown up car fuse could be the culprit that has stopped the windshield wipers from working. Check the fuse assembly under the dashboard of the car. Replacing a blown fuse might fix the problem of windshield wipers not working.
    Windshield Wiper Sprayers Not Working - Things to Check
    Sometimes the windshield wiper sprayer stops working which can be very annoying. The washer mechanism is a self cleaning mechanism for the windshield. Here are some of the things that you need to check in case it is not working.
    Check Windshield Washer Motor
    The windshield washer mechanism might have been impaired due to the malfunctioning of the wiper washer motor. Check if its working and get it replaced if it is beyond repair.
    Check Windshield Washer Fluid Level
    Sometimes the washer doesn't work because the washer fluid levels are not filled to requisite levels. Filling in fluid might restore normal functioning.
    Check For Broken Washer Hose
    The connecting washer hose that connects the reservoir to the nozzle, might be broken or worn out stalling the overall operation. Check the hose for leaks and get it replaced.
    Check Washer Nozzle For Clogging
    Last thing to check is the nozzle of the washer for clogging. An obstruction in the washer nozzle might be the reason for windshield wiper sprayers not working. Using a pin, clean the clogged nozzle. This might restore the sprayer to the normal working condition.

    Nov 09, 2010 | Chevrolet Colorado Cars & Trucks

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    My driver side windshield wiper was frozen to the windshield. I forgot to shut them off when I went to work. When I came out and was brushing off the snow I realized that they were not off. Then the driver...


    I just solved this problem last night with my '05 Impala, and ultimately the solution was what newton5083 stated above.  Yet, it may also be this (I found it online somewhere):
    You have bent or broken the "park tab" on the windshield wiper motor bracket. The correct way to fix this is to remove the wiper arms, wiper linkage and wiper motor from the wiper motor bracket, and install a new bracket.
    I just bent the tab back into place a couple times for our daughters 2005 Impala but it kept getting bent down again when they didn't take the time to make sure the wipers were not frozen to the windshield, or tried running the wipers to remove heavy snow on the windshield. So yesterday I fabricated a small piece of metal and bolted that to the bracket in the same place the tab stop was.
    If someone wants to access this bracket and tab-
    1. Use a ½ inch or 13mm socket & ratchet or wrench to remove nuts on wiper arms.
    2. They may make a special tool to remove the arms, I used a screwdriver and hammer to tap bottom of the arm to wedge them apart from the spindle.
    3. Two small button-looking clips hold the drivers side cowl cover in place under the windshield. These are two-piece clips, pry up the center, than the outer piece.
    4. Unclip the washer hose from cowl cover, than pull out plastic cover.
    5. There is a smaller plastic cover with on plastic button head holding that cover in place. Gently pry under that clip to remove that cover.
    6. Now you can see the wiper trans and bracket. You should see a small tab on that bracket that looks pushed down and bent or possible a square small hole with some torn off metal where the tab broke off.
    7. Remove small plastic cover over the wiper transmission and you can see a small spring-loaded arm underneath the wiper transmission assembly.
    8. You need to find something to pry that tab back up so when the wipers are running that spring loaded little arm just snaps past the tab running clockwise. It's when you shut off the wipers that the wiper transmission assembly reverses rotation counter clockwise and the small spring loaded arm underneath hits that tab stop, than the wipers will go all the way down and shut off as they should.
    Once that tab stop gets bent out of the way the little spring loaded arm has nothing to stop the wiper transmission assembly so it keeps traveling counter clockwise until some other stop shuts the wipers off straight up on the windshield.

    There is a revised bracket part # which is supposed to be more durable, GM part #12368639. Here is a copy of the TSB which points out this problem:
    Bulletin No.: 05-08-43-003A
    Date: March 10, 2005
    TECHNICAL
    Subject:
    Windshield Wipers Park in Up Position (Replace Windshield Wiper Motor Bracket)
    Models:
    2005 Chevrolet Impala, Monte Carlo
    Supercede:
    This bulletin is being revised to make a correction to the Parts Information. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 05-08-43-003 (Section 08-Body and Accessories).

    Condition
    Some customers may comment that the windshield wipers park in the out wipe (vertical) position.
    Cause
    This condition may be caused by a bent park tab on the windshield wiper motor bracket.

    Correction
    To correct this condition, replace the wiper motor bracket. It will be necessary to transfer the following parts listed below to the new bracket.
    ^ Wiper transmission
    ^ Wiper motor crank arm
    ^ Wiper motor
    1. Remove the windshield wiper motor drive system module.
    2. Remove the windshield wiper transmission from the windshield wiper motor bracket.
    3. Remove the wiper motor crank arm from the windshield wiper motor.
    4. Remove the windshield wiper motor from the bracket.
    5. Install the windshield wiper motor to the new bracket.
    6. Install the wiper motor crank arm to the windshield wiper motor.
    7. Install the windshield wiper transmission to the windshield wiper motor bracket.
    8. Install the windshield wiper motor drive system module.

    A TSB is not a recall, if vehicle is still under warranty the dealer should be repaired for free. If not, you'll have to pay for the repairs. 

    Dec 10, 2008 | 2005 Chevrolet Impala

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