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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Wiper Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$15 to $200

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm, 13mm wrench, needle nose pliers

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (1999-05)

Parts Required:

New rear wiper motor, nozzle, arm and wiper blade

Hot Tip:

Always lever off gently

Performance Gain:

See out rear window

Complementary Modification:

Replace front wiper blades

If your rear windshield wiper motor is going bad you will need to remove the rear inner panels to gain access to it. Please see our article on removing the rear interior panels for help.

The rear windshield wiper is attached to the motor and windshield washer fluid nozzle through a hole on the hatches glass (red arrow).
Figure 1

The rear windshield wiper is attached to the motor and windshield washer fluid nozzle through a hole on the hatches glass (red arrow). You can service the washer nozzle, wiper arm and install new blades from the outside.

Pry the cap back and up over the wiper arm (green arrow).
Figure 2

Pry the cap back and up over the wiper arm (green arrow). This will reveal the washer nozzle (yellow arrow) and the 13mm nut (red arrow) that holds the arm on.

To replace the washer nozzle (red arrow) simply pull it straight back and out from the mounting post.
Figure 3

To replace the washer nozzle (red arrow) simply pull it straight back and out from the mounting post. If you live in a four season climate you may need to use pliers to get it out. When installing a new nozzle make sure it points straight up.

To remove the wiper arm use a 13mm wrench and remove the nut (red arrow).
Figure 4

To remove the wiper arm use a 13mm wrench and remove the nut (red arrow).

Wiggle the arm (red arrow) off of the post.
Figure 5

Wiggle the arm (red arrow) off of the post. Depending on where you live the arm can get quite stuck, use caution not to bend the arm.

When installing the old arm or a new one there should be 25mm between the rubber grommet and the windows edge (yellow lines).
Figure 6

When installing the old arm or a new one there should be 25mm between the rubber grommet and the windows edge (yellow lines).

With the rear trim panel off you can see the motor (green arrow), fluid line (red arrow) and the harness connector (yellow arrow).
Figure 7

With the rear trim panel off you can see the motor (green arrow), fluid line (red arrow) and the harness connector (yellow arrow).

Disconnect the fluid line (red arrow).
Figure 8

Disconnect the fluid line (red arrow).

Next disconnect the wiring harness (red arrow).
Figure 9

Next disconnect the wiring harness (red arrow).

Remove the three 10mm nuts and carefully remove the motor from the panel taking care not to damage the window as the shaft passes through.
Figure 10

Remove the three 10mm nuts and carefully remove the motor from the panel taking care not to damage the window as the shaft passes through. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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