Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Little 5 Points (Atlanta, GA)
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: XT
Today, I took apart the wipers on our 98S in search of the excess play in them. I could easily move the wipers up and down 3" when parked. They worked OK, but this play didn’t seem right.
I discovered the wiper motor arm and wiper link joint had a lot of play in it. The wiper link arm had slid off the white plastic bushing and was free floating off the bushing. I think that the bottom black rubber bushing has weakened with age and no longer holds it in place. Or possibly the bushing has just plain worn out. This week I will try and order new parts to see how they are any different and update this post.
My solution for now is to add a washer/spacer . By adding this the wiper link arm now stays on the bushing as it is supposed to do. The wipers now have no play in them just like new. There is nothing hard in this procedure, definitely a DIY item.
Wiper Assembly PDF
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