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Driving in the rain can be very dangerous because you may find it difficult to see beyond the road-well, unless each of your windshield wipers is able to effectively clear the water pouring down on your windshield, that is. If your car's windshield wiper isn't working, don't risk it. Better pull over the side and let the rain subside-and ponder: next time around, don't drive without ensuring that your car's wiper system is ready and able. One of the most likely causes of a faulty windshield wiper is a defective Windshield Wiper Motor. When this part gets busted, other components of the system won't operate at all. The motor is the one that powers the wiper arms and the blade. It works with a worm gear to deliver the needed mechanical force to the wiper blade. When the wiper motor works properly, the wiper will easily glide across the windshield, taking away every bit of dirt and moisture for a clear and unobstructed view of the road. If the wiper motor in your car gets damaged, it's best that you have it replaced rather than repaired. Settling for a repair isn't an assurance that its total efficiency will be restored, though. But at least, when you install a new Windshield Wiper Motor, you can be sure of absolute functionality, provided it's correctly installed. For premium replacements, shop only at Auto Parts Warehouse! Head on to our expansive online catalog for your best choices. Save up by availing of our budget-friendly deals now!

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Things to Consider when Choosing a Windshield Wiper Motor

A busted windshield wiper motor can cause the wipers to move too slow, only on one speed, and stop in the incorrect position. It can also make the wipers impossible to turn off. And once the wipers malfunction, youíll have a hard time seeing the road during inclement weather. So before a broken wiper motor leads to more trouble, get a replacement as soon as you can. But donít just grab any motor. Make sure it meets the following criteria:

Your budget

A typical windshield wiper motor can cost you around $60 to $400+. Expect a higher price if your car is a rare vintage model, a luxury vehicle, or is manufactured by a foreign brand. To make sure youíre getting a good deal, compare prices first and see which retailer or brand offers the best price. Another tip to make sure the new motor will fit your budget is to opt for a remanufactured one. Now you may have to shell out for the core charge. But if your old motor can still be used to rebuilt other motors, then simply trade in that core part for a partial refund.

Your old motorís volt specs

Replacement motors are available in different volts such as 6-volt, 12-volt, and 24-volt types. So before you purchase a new one, check your vehicleís old motor and take note of its volt. Also check your carís electrical system to make sure youíre getting the right motor type based on power-handling capabilities.

Vehicle specs

When looking up a replacement motor, make sure itís designed to match your carís specs. Take note of your carís year, make, and model when shopping for a new motor to make sure you wonít have installation problems later on.

Installation requirements

Depending on your vehicleís year, make, and model, you might have to replace the entire motor assembly. If this is the case, make sure that the replacement you purchase is a complete kit that comes with all the necessary installation hardware such as the mounting bracket, mounting shaft, and windshield spacer. Just imagine the hassle youíll experience if you find out that youíre missing a component during the actual installation process.

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Automotive Maintenance 101: Replacing a Windshield Wiper Motor

Your vehicleís windshield wipers are controlled by the windshield wiper motor, an electrical device thatís very easy to maintain. However, over time, this motor will eventually show signs of old age. When this happens, youíll have to install a new motor as soon as possible. Fortunately, replacing a busted motor is a fairly easy task as long as you have basic repair skills and the right tools.

Difficulty level: Moderate

Tools needed:

  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Ratchet set

Step 1: Disconnect the wiper arms and electrical connections. These arms are attached to the motor by screws, so you just need to remove them with a screwdriver. Once these screws are removed, pull them off carefully. To access the wires, you might need to remove a cover plate first depending on your car make and model. Then disconnect these wires.

Step 2: Locate the windshield wiper motor. This motor is usually located on your carís firewall right between the driving compartment and the engine. If you canít find it, check with your vehicle manual since the exact location of this motor depends on your car make and model.

Step 3: Remove the old motor. Once youíve located this part, look for the grounding strap. One end of this strap is attached to the wiper motor through a bolt, while the other end is attached to the motor case with a screw or bolt. Remove the mount bolt attached to one end of the grounding strap with a ratchet or wrench to move the strap out of the way. Then proceed to remove all the other mount bolts or nuts with a ratchet or wrench. The number and exact location of the motor mounting bolts depend on your car make and model, so be sure to check your vehicle manual. After youíve removed all the bolts, pull out the motor carefully from the engine compartment.

Step 4: Attach the new wiper motor. Put the replacement motor in position, making sure that its mount holes are aligned with the mount bolts located on the firewall. Push the motor in place and secure it with the nuts. To make sure that itís flushed against the firewall, tighten the nuts or bolts in a star-like pattern.

Step 5: Reinstall all the other parts youíve removed such as the grounding strap, electrical wires, and wiper arms.