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Pelican Technical Article:

Wiper Motor Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$225

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm, 13mm socket, Philips and flathead screwdriver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

New wiper motor

Hot Tip:

Careful prying connecting arms off

Performance Gain:

Better visibility in inclement weather

Complementary Modification:

New wiper blades

Wiper motors use to last the life of the car but with cars lasting longer and longer now we are starting to see failure of the wiper motors, especially if the car is in a four season climate. If your motor is starting to act up or working intermittently it is a good idea to replace it right away.

Begin by making sure the wipers are in the "park" position. To do this simply turn the wipers on and off and they should stop level down at the bottom of the wind shield. This is known as the park position. If your wiper motor failed on another position you should be able to carefully move them by hand down into the park position.

This job is a lot easier if you remove the wiper blades first. Please see our article on removing your wiper blades.

There are two wiper arms on the GTI MkIV.
Figure 1

There are two wiper arms on the GTI MkIV. We will demonstrate the procedure on the left side arm but it is the same for the center arm. The arms have a hinge point (red arrow) and are connected to the mounting shaft (yellow arrow).

Use a trim removal tool and remove the protective cap (red arrow).
Figure 2

Use a trim removal tool and remove the protective cap (red arrow).

Remove the 13mm nut (red arrow) securing the arm to the mounting shaft (yellow arrow).
Figure 3

Remove the 13mm nut (red arrow) securing the arm to the mounting shaft (yellow arrow).

Remove the arm from the mounting shaft.
Figure 4

Remove the arm from the mounting shaft. The arm (red arrow) can be difficult to remove and you may need to wiggle it from several angles. If it is really stuck you may need to use a small puller on it.

Figure 5

Remove the four Philips head screws on the cabin air filter cover (red arrows)

Figure 6

Remove the cover (red arrow)

Pull up and remove the rubber strip (red arrow) to facilitate removing the cowl piece (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

Pull up and remove the rubber strip (red arrow) to facilitate removing the cowl piece (yellow arrow).

Figure 8

Carefully remove the cowl piece (red arrow) from the vehicle

It helps to slip it out between the hood and windshield (red arrow).
Figure 9

It helps to slip it out between the hood and windshield (red arrow).

You can now see the three 10mm bolts (red arrows) holding the motor and mechanism in place.
Figure 10

You can now see the three 10mm bolts (red arrows) holding the motor and mechanism in place. Remove the three bolts.

Check for and remove any wires zip tied to the mechanism (red arrow).
Figure 11

Check for and remove any wires zip tied to the mechanism (red arrow).

Pull the motor and mechanism from the cowl area and unplug the wiring harness (red arrow).
Figure 12

Pull the motor and mechanism from the cowl area and unplug the wiring harness (red arrow).

Take note of the position of the connecting rods (red arrow).
Figure 13

Take note of the position of the connecting rods (red arrow). They should both be in a straight line.

Use a screwdriver and pry the connecting arms off of the motor crank (red arrow).
Figure 14

Use a screwdriver and pry the connecting arms off of the motor crank (red arrow).

Remove the three 10mm bolts (red arrows) holding the motor to the bracket.
Figure 15

Remove the three 10mm bolts (red arrows) holding the motor to the bracket.

Remove the 13mm nut (red arrow) and transfer the motor crank to the new motor.
Figure 16

Remove the 13mm nut (red arrow) and transfer the motor crank to the new motor. Before installing the motor connect the wiring harness and turn it on and off for a minute. This will assure that the motor is in the parked position. Make sure to line up the connecting rods and wiper arms in the same position as found during disassembly. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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