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Re: snapped wiper control arm
Hi there. the wiper control arm, if it is the outer one it can be easy to replace.
Just remove the cap at the bottom of the arm, there is a nut. Unscrew the nut and put the new arm on.
It's that easy!!
Ps Before you do this make sure the arm is at the position from when it start's from, that way you will have it right.
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If the motor is working, the linkage between the motor and the wipers has broken. I don't have a Venture, but usually there is a plastic panel below the windshield, where the wiper arms are mounted. You remove the wiper arms, then remove the plastic panel (might be screws or it might just snap out) to get at the linkage and motor. Dealer or auto parts store should be able to order new linkage arms for you.
the ball joint may have snapped inside so the motor is no longer attached to the arm, has it been used in freezing conditions? often they snap this way, also the ball joint may have just popped off, you will ned to open it up, they are fairly straight forward so the problem would be obvious once open.
pop the hood, the wiper motor should be on the firewall, take it off and start from there. it seems like the arm snapped (or fell off hopefully), easy fix.
next time just flip the wipers up when its icy, if you can remember to
The windshield wiper linkage comes as an assembly. The assembly comes with the two rotating splines that the wiper arms attach to. you must remove wiper arms. Remove cowl trim and remove bolts that hold the pivot points to the body. The new linkage that snaps to the wiper motor should come with a new retaining clip. You have to fish the linkage assembly through the access holes in the body by un bolting the wiper motor.
had the same problem with mine all you need is a windshild wiper bushing it bout 5 to 10 $ at auto zone there are about 2 or 3 bushing that may need replacing mine was simplest one the one on the motor its easy it justs snaps onthe motor arm and than to the arms of the windshild transmistion
the relay is dirt cheap at the store (8-12 dollars), the relay is easy to find. on top of the engine area back near the firewall is a small to medium sized black box with a snap up lid...there are relays just sitting inside of it, you want the one with 3 prongs going across the bottom and 2 prongs going front to back on the bottom. it's a big square piece that just pulls out. the wiper fuse is kinda a pain to get to busy easy to replace... it's a really big silver metal cased fuse on your fusebox closest to the floor... be careful because if the wiper fuse is bad, it may be hot as hell to touch so take care when grabbing it. any auto store will have one. if neither of these fixes work then you need to check the motor wheel that connects to the wiper arm rods under the vents where the washer lines run down from the arms... sometimes the pins that connect the arms to the wheel snap off which make the wipers stop. worst case is the motor itself went bad. hope this helps