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98 chev k1500 wiper motor - I messed up... doh.

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Hi guys,

I put in a new wiper motor. I thought all went well until I tried it. I must have moved the starting point when I was trying to take it off, moved the wipers "up" and now the "off" position is the far left of the swing... heh, I am no mechanic...

But there has to be some way to reset the position without taking the motor off again, isn't there? I tried unplugging the harness, then turning the truck on, then off, then replugging, but nothing like that worked.

Any advice? Is there a way to reset the position?

Thanks tons for any advice and instruction.

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Hahaha, is it that simple? I am pretty stupid, ha! smile

Thanks airjer!!!!

BTW, before I even look, is there anything to taking them off? I have never done it. Thanks.

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For future reference it is a good idea to plug the motor in, turn on the wipers and then turn them off to make sure the motor is in the park position. All that happened is the arm that attaches to the motor is 180 off. Since it turns in a circle it really doesn't matter which way it is pointing.

The arms should be held on by a nut. If it is there will be a plastic cover that goes over them. Loosen the nut, flip the arm up like you are changing the blades, then push towards the cowl and pull away from the cowl (you don't want to rotate the arm) the part that is attached to the stud. sometimes they will pop and sometimes you will need to use a puller. Once it is loose preposition it in the proper position and tighten the nut. If they don't come loose and its very possible the won't it will be easier to remove the motor or swing buy a shop to have them pop them. I as well as many other guys have found a battery terminal puller works pretty well for these.

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Seems to me that you have to take it back off at the motor and turn it 180. If the blades are "up" in the park position, and you move them down, wont they try to go down further when you turn them on? I guess I've never run into this, cause I always run the motor before hooking the linkage up. Let us know what you find.

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Hey Airjer,

I really appreciate the assistance, and you too mcguyver!

So I figured it out. My problem was that I tried to do it through the firewall.... what a stupid guy I am. I didn't take the black plastic cover off and do it right the first time. So I took the wiper arms off, then took the black grate off, and got the motor on perfect. All was working. So I put the grate back on.

Tested it out, and the passenger spray wasn;t working... so I could see I pinched the hose... doh #2...

Lossened the screws, adjusted the hose, tested it and it was spraying. Tightened the screws, and all seemed good... then I tried as I was driving to my brothers... passenger side not spraying... doh#3...

So I finally took off the grate entriely again, put the hose into the channel properly, then tested and tightened and tested and all is finally good. smile

Good thing I don't work for you guys or I would fired for taking 3 ours to do a half hour job, ha! But I learned a lot. I am no mechanic, but lately have been trying more things on truck, car and boats, just to learn it. Lots of "gotchas" out there, especially for the rookie!

Thanks guys! Your help kept me from taking it to the shop and just letting someone else do it.

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