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    How to fix rear wiper if not working well

    Just want to share with you if your rear wiper is not cleaning the upper portion of the rear shield don't take to the dealer or change the blade. Lubricate the roboarm (the joint adjacent to the tension springof the wiper ) with silicon or WD40 use cloth to catch the excess lubricant drip and the should solve the problem. I just had mine fixed and voila it works like charm.

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    Rear wiper arm

    I tried lubing it but the wiper was still not applying enough pressure to wipe the window.
    But I figured it out. I took the arm off the rear window and worked the "elbow" joint back and forth many, many times until the spring was starting to snap back.

    Do it in hot water and it will be faster!. You'll see all the dirt particles sitting in your sink or bucket that it has collected of the years in that "elbow" shaft.

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    Good tip. Thanks.
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    can you include a pic, I am pretty sure what you are saying, but a picture would be good, I couldn't see how to remove the part.

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    I just had this problem a few weeks ago, they replaced the blade and wiper arm..
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    Mine did the same thing on the a rcent 180mile trip in the snow. I tried cleaning and luburcating it, didn't fix problem; pulled off the arm and cleaned it, didn't fix problem; bent the wiper arm slightly, works like a charm. Just another tip for everyone.
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    WD40 is NOT a lubricant. It is a water dispersent and is useless as a lubricant. The blade corrodes in the joints and the best lasting fix is to replace it with a quality blade.
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    Originally posted by William Wiles
    WD40 is NOT a lubricant. It is a water dispersent and is useless as a lubricant. The blade corrodes in the joints and the best lasting fix is to replace it with a quality blade.
    I cleaned it out with brake clean and compressed air then lubricated with lithium grease.
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    I removed mine last summer, repainted the arm, lubed it with high temp brake caliper grease then reinstalled it with a new blade.
    It works so good now, I almost want to drive everywhere going in reverse.

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    Well I tried cleaning/greasing the wiper arm. A lot of dirt did fall out and it did become smoother at the elbow joint but without a way to make the spring pull the arm tighter against the glass, the problem persisted.

    I ended up grabbing the wiper blade itself and bending it gently with my hands to achieve the desired curvature.

    Now it wipes beautifully. I guess it did need elbow grease.
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    Can somebody provide instructions on how to take off the arm from the van?

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    Originally posted by Igobuk
    Well I tried cleaning/greasing the wiper arm. A lot of dirt did fall out and it did become smoother at the elbow joint but without a way to make the spring pull the arm tighter against the glass, the problem persisted.

    I ended up grabbing the wiper blade itself and bending it gently with my hands to achieve the desired curvature.

    Now it wipes beautifully. I guess it did need elbow grease.
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    This just goes to show you that there is no problem that you can have that is not addressed on this forum.

    I've had this same problem with our rear wiper and appreciate the people who take the time to research and post remedies for the benefit of us all!

    Thanks!

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    Fix your rear wiper How-to with plenty of pictures

    I have tried many things and nothing worked for more than a few rainy days before I had the same problem or a different problem.

    Finally I came up with this how-to and so far it has worked permanently.

    So if you're back window looks like this, here's how to fix it.



    First get a 10mm ratchet or wrench and go to the base of the wiper.



    Lift up the little cover over the nut, remove the nut and wiggle the wiper free.



    Once you have the wiper off, remove the little cover to ensure it's safety.




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    Next get a pair of needle nose pliers and grab the spring and pull as pictured.



    Now that you have the spring freed, it'll look like this.



    Now you can easily take the rest apart and end up with this.



    Now put everything aside and grab this clip



    Hold it tight with a pair of vise grips and whack it gently with a hammer



    It should end up more compressed like this



    Now re-assemble the wiper but you will need the vise grips now to pull the spring, the needle nose will slip off. Be sure to position the spring with the "hook" facing into the wiper arm as pictured



    It looks almost the same when re-assembled but after putting it all back together, you'll notice how much more effort it takes to stretch the spring back into place



    The hard part is over. Just reverse the steps... replace the nut cover cap, re-intstall wiper on Ody, go test and enjoy.



    Nice completely wiped window.
    Last edited by Igobuk; 06-05-2009 at 07:04 PM.

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