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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Oops...

I need some help here.

Due to the cold Chicago weather and the moisture that fell from the sky last night, my windshield was coated with a crunchy substance. I turned on my wipers to remove said obstruction, but the wipers were stuck to the windshield. O.K. fine, so I got out of the car, and did the manual "lift and let slam" ice removal technique... Well, what I didn't do was turn the wipers completely off. So, as I was walking around to the other side of the car to get the opposite wiper, they tried to swipe again. Well, one side went, and the other blew up. It shook for a second, (I'm assuming while stripping the entire inards of the mechanical structure). So, now one side works, and the other side just lays there placid.

So my question is, how expensive do you think it is to replace the ww motor, or the arm if that's what's stripped... and is it a "do-it-yourself" kind of thing?? What about just tieing a string to the working wiper and using it as sort of a splint??

Any ideas?? Thanks.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-03-2004, 12:08 PM
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if the drivers side still works you are money.

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you may just need to take the arm off and realign something. like if the gears arent lined up from slipping? I dunno.

Even if its the drivers side not working, you can just lean over and look out the passanger side

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I read somewhere about someone doing this same thing and it just loosened the screw where the wiper is attached at the base. Maybe you'll get lucky and that's all that happened?
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I read somewhere about someone doing this same thing and it just loosened the screw where the wiper is attached at the base. Maybe you'll get lucky and that's all that happened?

Yes, that happens. You may have just lost a pin or got a screw loose. ......well we know ya got a screw loose Anyway, try to take it apart and look to see what's wrong. It shouldn't be that hard even if ya got to replace the mechanism

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Re: Oops...

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...moisture that fell....was coated with a crunchy substance.....
turned on....and did the manual....blew up.... shook... ...lays there placid....
are you trying to tell us something?

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Re: Re: Oops...

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are you trying to tell us something?


way to drag it into the gutter


Anyway, you should loosen the arm at the base and check to see if you stripped the splines on the shaft. you may be able to clean it out and put it back on and have it work.

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A string splnt will only work for the first pull...you need to push the wiper back
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Re: Re: Re: Oops...

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way to drag it into the gutter
hold on, I can do better.... watch when I change the order of the words a little:

turned on and did the manual, blew up, shook, lays there placid was coated with a crunchy substance moisture that fell


I think he is sending us a subliminal message



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Before you get carried away just lift the hood and check if the motor is driving the center post/arm stud. You might have a stripped/loose set screw.

Check the easy stuff on your own. If its the passenger side let it go till it warms a touch.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Oops...

Quote:
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hold on, I can do better.... watch when I change the order of the words a little:

turned on and did the manual, blew up, shook, lays there placid was coated with a crunchy substance moisture that fell


I think he is sending us a subliminal message




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OK take the broken wiper off and see if the splines on the ARM are ground off. The splines on teh shaft are usually steel and dont strip easily. Thats USUALLY. Some cars have soft pot metal splined shafts. IF teh shaft is fine, then look at teh part of the wiper where it goes. IF those teeth are shot, go to a bone yard and get another one. Shafts a bit more fun to replace but is not all that bad. Might have to remove the cowling to access it.

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Start by checking the splines on the arm, that's the easiest since it's on the outside of the car. If that checks out ok then check to see if the drive arm(it's like a drag link for your wipers) is attached to the motor if it is then check to see if it is attached to the driven side that doesn't work. My bet is that it popped off at one of these two places, not uncommon.

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Quote:
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A string splnt will only work for the first pull...you need to push the wiper back
Well he can use a shock cord to pull it back...

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I'll trade ya a lincoln for it. Wipers work great!!
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Re: Re: Re: Re: Oops...

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hold on, I can do better.... watch when I change the order of the words a little:

turned on and did the manual, blew up, shook, lays there placid was coated with a crunchy substance moisture that fell
nice

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Do what I do.......don't drive when you need wipers The car gets dirty, then you have to clean it, it's a pain, trust me I had a Toyota Corrolla that I drove for 2 years, that didn't have reverse, or 2nd and no wiper functions. I had to be careful where I parked Driving in the hard rain was a biatch, I did that by "feel"

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Driving in the hard rain was a biatch, I did that by "feel"
AAAAHHHH the brail method, know it well

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AAAAHHHH the brail method, know it well
Well Rick also had his cane out the window also.


Rick probably has a full cab on his walker.
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