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Pelican Technical Article:

Windshield Wiper Motor Replacement

Steve Vernon

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm, 13mm socket, T30 Torx, flathead screwdriver, trim removal tool

Applicable Models:

VW GTI (2006-09)

Parts Required:

New wiper motor

Hot Tip:

Careful prying arms off

Performance Gain:

Better visibility in inclement weather

Complementary Modification:

New wiper blades

Wiper motors used to last the life of the car. 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 park the wipers, turn the wipers on and off and they should stop level down at the bottom of the windshield. 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.

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

There are two wiper arms on the GTI MkV. The red arrows show the wipers down in the park position. Use some type of a grease pencil or masking tape and mark the wipers in this position (red arrows).

Use a small flathead screwdriver and remove the protective cap (red arrow).
Figure 2

Use a small flathead screwdriver and remove the protective cap (red arrow). There is a small cut out in each arm to help remove the cap.

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

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

Pull the rubber trim piece off that seals the plastic protective piece (red arrow).
Figure 5

Pull the rubber trim piece off that seals the plastic protective piece (red arrow).

The plastic cover piece sits in a groove at the base of the windshield.
Figure 6

The plastic cover piece sits in a groove at the base of the windshield. Carefully pry and lift it up (red arrow). If the cover has never been off it can be in there tight. Be patient and use care not to crack it.

Remove the plastic cowl protective piece from the vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 7

Remove the plastic cowl protective piece from the vehicle (red arrow).

You can now see the electrical connection (green arrow) along with the two T30 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 8

You can now see the electrical connection (green arrow) along with the two T30 Torx screws (red arrows). Note the tape on the windshield marking the placement of the wipers (yellow arrow).

Separate and remove the wiring harness from the wiper motor (red arrow).
Figure 9

Separate and remove the wiring harness from the wiper motor (red arrow).

Use a T30 Torx and remove the two screws that hold the assembly in place from the rubber grommets (red arrow).
Figure 10

Use a T30 Torx and remove the two screws that hold the assembly in place from the rubber grommets (red arrow).

Next you will need to remove the bulkhead protection plate to get the motor assembly out.
Figure 11

Next you will need to remove the bulkhead protection plate to get the motor assembly out. It is held in place by two 10mm fasteners (red arrows).

Remove the 10mm fastener on each side (red arrow, one shown).
Figure 12

Remove the 10mm fastener on each side (red arrow, one shown).

Unclip the wiring harness and pull the bulkhead piece along with the rubber seal from the vehicle (red arrow).
Figure 13

Unclip the wiring harness and pull the bulkhead piece along with the rubber seal from the vehicle (red arrow).

You can now swing the assembly forward and out (red arrow).
Figure 14

You can now swing the assembly forward and out (red arrow).

Place the assembly on your bench and use a large flathead screwdriver to pry the linkage rod off the assembly crank (red arrow).
Figure 15

Place the assembly on your bench and use a large flathead screwdriver to pry the linkage rod off the assembly crank (red arrow).

Use a 13mm socket and remove the crank nut (red arrow).
Figure 16

Use a 13mm socket and remove the crank nut (red arrow).

Remove the crank from the motor (red arrow) and then use a T30 Torx and remove the three screws holding the motor to the assembly (yellow arrows).
Figure 17

Remove the crank from the motor (red arrow) and then use a T30 Torx and remove the three screws holding the motor to the assembly (yellow arrows).

Gently pry the motor from the assembly (red arrow).
Figure 18

Gently pry the motor from the assembly (red arrow).

Before you install the motor to the assembly, plug it into the wiring harness and turn it on and off to set the motor in the park position.
Figure 19

Before you install the motor to the assembly, plug it into the wiring harness and turn it on and off to set the motor in the park position. Note; the motor will not work if the hood is open. Once the motor is in the park position, you can install it in the assembly. When installing the crank there should be only 3mm (plus or minus 1mm) clearance between the stop on the assembly and the crank (red arrow) and yellow lines. Installation is the reverse of removal from this point.

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