[DML] Wiper motor replacement AAAAGGGHH
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[DML] Wiper motor replacement AAAAGGGHH

I hade the unexpected Pleasure of replacing the wiper motor on vin 16908  
last night and it now works fine.
For those of you that have replaced fuel accumulators especially without a  
lift the window motor replacement makes that look like childs play.
I read the manual and it warns you to NOT remove the swivel arm off the  
wiper motor. I would like to know if the author of that procedure ever did the  
repair.  I could find no orientation that would allow its removal without  
removing it.  Well after coming to that conclusion you are working totally  blind.  
One thing that helps a lot is to remove the speedometer  cable.  (this is not 
listed in the procedure but helps a great amount for  room and rotation of 
the motor.)  There are only three 6mm bolts and one 8  mm nut to remove. 
YEA right.
The rotating arm is not logically oriented with a flat so  you can get  it on 
right. NO it has a spline.
That however did not cause much of a problem as I oriented it parallel to  
the wiper support and got it on and working on the first try.  It was  following 
the instructions in the manual that caused the problem.
Breaking free the arm from the motor was a bit difficult as well not much  
room for leverage.
The arms on the pivot ball came off surprisingly easily but I needed a LONG  
set of curved needle nose pliers to snap that into place.  The top bar  
snapped on just fine.
Anyway bad shoulder and all I got it in about three hours.
If I had to do it again I think I could do it in under two now that I know  
the sequence.
This is truly one of the worst jobs I have ever done and do not wish this  on 
I have heard rumors of people selling their car  to avoid this repair. 
I would not blame them LOL but it is doable.
I never thought that I would have to replace one of these things but here  it 
Hope this little insight helps someone in the future.

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