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Pelican Technical Article:

Wiper Motor Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

****

Tools:

10mm/13mm sockets, flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

VW Jetta GL (1999-05)
VW Jetta GLS (1999-05)
VW Jetta Wolfsburg (1999)

Parts Required:

Wiper motor

Hot Tip:

Use a screwdriver to ?lock? the linkage in place while removing

Performance Gain:

Being able to drive in the rain

Complementary Modification:

Replace blower motor regulator

The wiper motor assembly is one of those things that always seem to fail at the exact moment it starts raining. Replacing the motor is not difficult, but it does take some time and a bit of patience to remove the cowl panel covering it. At this time, the motor is replaced along with the drive assembly.

Make a note of the orientation of the drive arms shown in this article. It is important that the drive arms are in the right position. Additionally, the wiper arms must also be oriented correctly. Once the new motor is installed, check the operation of the wipers and adjust the wiper arms as needed by loosening the 13mm nuts, turning the arms as needed and then tightening the nuts back down.

I also recommend disconnecting the battery to prevent any damage to both the car and yourself. See our article on Battery Replacement for more information. You'll also need to remove the cowl panel from the car. See our article on Cowl Panel Removal for more information.

Loosen and remove the three 10mm bolts (green arrows) holding the wiper assembly to the car.
Figure 1

Loosen and remove the three 10mm bolts (green arrows) holding the wiper assembly to the car.

Look underneath the cowl for this electrical connector.
Figure 2

Look underneath the cowl for this electrical connector. You'll need to disconnect this in order for the wiper assembly to be removed from the car. Press the tabs (green arrows) on the connector and pull it off.

Carefully maneuver the wiper assembly out from underneath the cowl.
Figure 3

Carefully maneuver the wiper assembly out from underneath the cowl. You'll need to be able to turn the assembly over to access the electrical connection.

Press the tab (green arrow) on the electrical connector and pull it off the wiper motor.
Figure 4

Press the tab (green arrow) on the electrical connector and pull it off the wiper motor. At this point, fully remove the wiper assembly from the car.

Rotate the wiper linkage until you can access the 13mm nut (green arrow) holding the linkage to the motor.
Figure 5

Rotate the wiper linkage until you can access the 13mm nut (green arrow) holding the linkage to the motor.

Stick the flathead screwdriver in between the drive shaft and the wiper assembly.
Figure 6

Stick the flathead screwdriver in between the drive shaft and the wiper assembly. This will lock the drive shaft in place and allow you to remove the 13mm nut holding the drive shaft to the wiper motor.

Use a large flathead screwdriver to pry the drive shaft up and off the motor (green arrow).
Figure 7

Use a large flathead screwdriver to pry the drive shaft up and off the motor (green arrow). This may take a little effort to achieve.

Loosen and remove the three 10mm bolts (green arrows) holding the wiper motor to the wiper assembly.
Figure 8

Loosen and remove the three 10mm bolts (green arrows) holding the wiper motor to the wiper assembly.

And here's the finished result with the wiper motor removed.
Figure 9

And here's the finished result with the wiper motor removed. Installing the motor is the reverse order of removal. When installing the new motor, gently tap the wiper lever on the steering column before hooking up the drive shaft for the wiper arms. This will cycle the motor and put into the correct parking position when you go to install the wiper arms.

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