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Pelican Technical Article:

Rear Wiper and Motor Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$10 to $180

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm, 13mm wrench, needle nose pliers

Applicable Models:

VW Golf (2004-06)
VW GTI (2006-09)

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 hatch panel to gain access to it. Please see our article on removing the hatch panel for help.

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

The rear windshield wiper is attached to the motor and windshield washer fluid nozzle through a hole on the hatch's 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.

3: To remove the wiper arm use a 13mm wrench and remove the nut (red arrow).
Figure 3

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

To replace the washer nozzle (red arrow) simply pull it straight back and out from the mounting post.
Figure 4

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.

Wiggle the arm off of the post.
Figure 5

Wiggle the arm off of the post. Depending on where you live the arm can get quite stuck. Use caution not to bend the arm. In extreme cases you may need to use a puller (red arrow). Make sure not to damage the end of the mounting post where the washer nozzle is located.

Disconnect the fluid line (red arrow) from the motor by pulling the plastic clip away from the line (yellow arrow) and then pulling the line straight off the motor.
Figure 7

Disconnect the fluid line (red arrow) from the motor by pulling the plastic clip away from the line (yellow arrow) and then pulling the line straight off the motor.

Next disconnect the wiring harness (red arrow).
Figure 8

Next disconnect the wiring harness (red arrow).

Remove the three 10mm nuts (red arrows) and carefully remove the motor from the panel taking care not to damage the window as the wiper shaft passes through it.
Figure 9

Remove the three 10mm nuts (red arrows) and carefully remove the motor from the panel taking care not to damage the window as the wiper shaft passes through it.

If you are replacing the seal between the window and the glass make sure the notch in the seal (red arrow) is aligned with the notch in the glass when installing.
Figure 10

If you are replacing the seal between the window and the glass make sure the notch in the seal (red arrow) is aligned with the notch in the glass when installing. Installation of the motor and wiper arm is the reverse of removal.

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