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#1 matrixops

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Posted 25 October 2004 - 09:52 AM

I've owned my outback for about a year now, and I seem to have a problem with the rear wiper motor pulling too much current. I can only guess that the motor is going out. Or perhaps it just needs maintenance. Either way, I need to consider replacing it.

Does anyone have any suggestions for where to find one of these online for a decent price?

Or perhaps suggestions on cleaning/oiling? If that is even possible.

Thanks

matrixops

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Posted 25 October 2004 - 12:48 PM

The rear wiper uses a steel shaft that the blade attaches to. It passes through an alloy housing that is bolted to the rear door. The steel binds as the alloy corrodes and before you know it the motor is cooked as it is working very hard to turn the seizing shaft. If it's caught early lubricant will work but remove the arm and plastic covers to get oil into the area. I thought my motor was shot but after removing the whole assembly I was able to tap the shaft and motor out of the housing. Once apart I drilled out the alloy housing very slightly to increase the clearance. Once back together it works fine, 2 years later no problems. New motor was about $75 from the dealer.
Lots of corrosion gets thrown up only the back window so regular oiling is critical.

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I've owned my outback for about a year now, and I seem to have a problem with the rear wiper motor pulling too much current. I can only guess that the motor is going out. Or perhaps it just needs maintenance. Either way, I need to consider replacing it.

Does anyone have any suggestions for where to find one of these online for a decent price?

Or perhaps suggestions on cleaning/oiling? If that is even possible.

Thanks

matrixops



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Posted 25 October 2004 - 01:11 PM

Glenn,
Thanks for the tip. I will take a look at it tonight.

MatrixOps

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Posted 25 October 2004 - 07:13 PM

Glenn is right on the money with his suggestions. I have one more to add. If you decide its necessary to take the motor/gear box body apart, just drill out the rivets that hold it together. After you do Glenn's fix, just use machine screws and nuts to put it back together, rather than rivets. Good luck!

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Posted 25 October 2004 - 09:15 PM

With mine, when I turn it on, all I hear is the motor turning but no wiper action. What do you think is happening/broken?

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Posted 26 October 2004 - 11:56 AM

Hammer008,

In your case I would say that either a gear is stripped or the shaft to the wiper arm has sheared off from its gear. Opening up the case will tell, but since you'll need parts that you can't buy separately anyway, it'll be less of a hassle to just buy a used wiper motor assembly and install it. Its a DIYer with no surprises or special talents needed.
Good Luck!




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