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I saw a post this morning from Bob Sully (Malibyte) about replacing the wiper motor on his Mk2 and I need to do the same thing. I "had" it replaced once before, because I couldn't figure out how to get the linkage reattached inside the compartment where the wiper motor mounts - and I was in a time crunch with work. One of the few times I've let a mechanic touch my car.

I have another black wiper motor that I want to put in my car, because the one the mechanic used is a rebuild from Napa -- that some idiot at the rebuild shop painted BLUE instead of black. Well, as you can imagine it looks like CRAP in a Terra Cotta engine bay.

Also, the Napa rebuild just doesn't seem to have any torque/power - it's very weak. That's the primary reason why I want it out of there.

Does the black metal cover that goes across under the wiper arms allow you any access to that area if it's removed?

I guess what I'm getting at is - who has done this, and if so...how did you manage to reconnect the linkage inside that hole behind the motor?
 

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from what I remember when I replaced my wiper motor is... I have to take out the cover for the cowl... little platics cover that has vents to it... well and used a big screwdriver to pry/pop out the linkage from the ball of the wiper motor and loosen the 3 bolts that holds the wiper motor and replace it in a reverse order
 

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I replaced mine, and didnt have to remove anything. Just use a long screwdriver to hold the linkage in place, then there is a ball that pops into it on the motor itself. To move the linkage inside, move the wiper blades and grab it, it usually falls down, so you have to kind of reach down in there, but if the wipers are in the down position, it is too far over. It is kind of a pain, but not too horrible.
 

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hey everybody,
I've had to replace mine twice. the best way is to just take out the old motor and pull. when the ball drops off the linkage its easiest to find the linkage again if the wipers are at twelve o clock on your windscreen. then take a coathanger and bend it so that you can hook onto the linkage. press the new motors ball onto the linkage and it will pop into place with some force. Its not the easiest thing but with some patience it will happen.

Marc

82 terra cotta supra that beats any of his friends chincy little civics and its the best car I could have wished for at nineteen.
 

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As I had mentioned, I had replaced my original motor about 6-7 years ago (unfortunately, also with one of those crappy NAPA rebuilds). I did the job myself and do not recall having to do anything extraordinary to replace it...I did take the metal cowling off but only to paint it.

Now that the crappy NAPA motor has seized up (actually smoked!) I'll be replacing it in a couple of weeks (real busy until then). I bought one from someone on the list which is an OEM unit from an '85.

I'll post the details after I do it.

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I replace My wiper motor because the motor was too loose and the wiper would only go down 1/2 way across the windshield. So I replaced it but now the wipers hit the stops hard on the way down....Thump...thump...thump.......The question is: does the wiper adjustment rest soley with the motor or is there another way to adjust the wiper Travel distance, the wipers reach the correct up position but go to far down, hence the thump...thump.........O should I just replace the motor again with yet another parts car part????
 

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3000cc MK2 said:
from what I remember when I replaced my wiper motor is... I have to take out the cover for the cowl... little platics cover that has vents to it... well and used a big screwdriver to pry/pop out the linkage from the ball of the wiper motor and loosen the 3 bolts that holds the wiper motor and replace it in a reverse order
Thanks to Leslie Grover, he pointed out that my 1979-92 Haynes manual (section 12-20 and 12-21) has a detailed picture of the assembly and how it comes apart. 3000cc MK2 was also right - the lovered cover removes and exposes a plastic vent cover, which is removable and gives you access to the inside where the linkage is.

Thank goodness for THAT! Whew :shock:

Good luck with your transplant too, Mr. Sully - hopefully we'll both be wipe wipe wipin' along (now that it's summer, 101 degrees and I don't need them).

Haha
 

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Thank you, Mr. Sidman...will let you know how it went...that and that damn hose replacement job....!

Good luck with yours, too!
 

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I had a problem a long time ago with my '83 wipre motor. The wipers would sometimes stick in one spot.

It was actualy the large nylon gear in the motor assembly. Everything was easy to do. Remove the whole unit and tear it apart and relace the gear. Easy.
 

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Seems to be a weak link in our cars design-Ive had all sorts of wiper problems-Use em a lot up here in the Emerald City-Know where there are a couple of good linkages in yards-When I bought 85-Wipers failed on return trip-Pulled out motor at home and linkage to ball bushing is gone-Hole where it fit was wowed out from arm whacking it-Cant buy seperate, and wrecking yards know you need w/motor-Got lucky and found new wiper tranny w linkage at junkyard for $10-Woulda paid $50 to get wipers right again-Slapping posts is from this bushing being worn-Try your local wrecking yard-Good Luck
 

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Stephen, and all -

Replaced the wiper motor this afternoon. There is *no* need to pull off that cowl piece, but I did it anyway (wanted to paint it and the wiper arms). Replacing the motor took about 10 minutes (and five of those went to having a beer). Haven't put everything back together yet because the paint's still drying.

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Stephen, and all -

Replaced the wiper motor this afternoon. There is *no* need to pull off that cowl piece, but I did it anyway (wanted to paint it and the wiper arms). Replacing the motor took about 10 minutes (and five of those went to having a beer). Haven't put everything back together yet because the paint's still drying.

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I have only one question. How on Earth did you reconnect the linkage (on the ball joint) to the back of the motor assembly....ie; how did you get the whole thing in there far enough to snap it back together?
 

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I have only one question. How on Earth did you reconnect the linkage (on the ball joint) to the back of the motor assembly....ie; how did you get the whole thing in there far enough to snap it back together?

Stephen:

Got the repainted cowl and wipers back on tonight. Looks great and works fine.

I used my right hand to grab the metal arm and hold it against the sheet metal while using my left hand to pop the metal ball on the motor into the plastic bushing. No problem. It didn't pop right in, but by rocking it back and forth slightly while applying pressure, I was able to get it to snap in.

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Well I need to repaint my cowl and my wiper arms too, so I guess that's me too -- this weekend.

I'll give it a shot and see how it comes out. I have a minty-mint wiper motor, all carefully repainted...so I'll follow your directions and see how it goes.

Thanks Bob.

-Stephen
 

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I recently purchased what was listed as a Cardone front windshield wiper motor for my 85 Celica Supra from "ImportedWarehouse." The item that arrived is clearly not a genuine Cardon rebuilt wiper motor. The box says nothing about it being Cardone, there are labels that were later put on old labels (in which none of them claim to be Cardone). The unit itself had been painted blue. The motor and packaging look very old as if it has been sitting on a shelf for 20 years. The actual motor looks different in appearance from the one I took off my vehicle today. It is slimmer and the connectors are different. For example, one of the connectors has only one prone and wire while the one that was on my vehicle has three.

My intentions are to send the wiper motor I removed this evening to Cardone for a rebuild. Cardone told me that I must start this process by going through O'Reillys, Napa or CarQuest. I now intend to send this ebay wiper motor back as it is obviously not the correct part for my Celica Supra. My assumptions are that it is either for a Celica, or some other sort of Toyota. Any clarification is greatly appreciated.
 

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Here are photos showing the front wiper motor that I removed from my Supra this evening, vs. the one I purchased from ebay. You can see that they look different (other than the obvious color difference). Does the blue one appear to be a match for a Celica? Notice the plugs are different between the blue one and the one from my vehicle.













Odd looking wiring from the wiper motor pulled from my Supra today:

 

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The little orange things under the heat shrink tubing are capacitors. They're used to bypass the DC wiper motor noise to ground so your radio (AM in particular) won't be interfered with by the motor noise.

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Interesting, I did not know that! Any ideas what vehicle the blue wiper motor goes to? Regardless, I think I will request to send it back today since it does not look like the one from my car.
 

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I would guess its from an RA Celica. The wipers area simple back and forth vs the more complicated motion in the Supra.
 
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