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Rear wiper motor, '98 Legacy
Posted 19 April 2006 - 09:00 AM
Any thoughts? If the motor has to be replaced, is the process easy, or difficult?
Posted 19 April 2006 - 09:42 AM
if not... it's dead....
never swapped one, but it cannot be too terribly difficult.
to get an idea on pricing for a new one?
2) look up by part number - - 86511AC101
These have got to be available used as well
the only problem with used is... how long will it last?
hope this helps
[email]Jamie at chaplins.com
Posted 19 April 2006 - 10:40 AM
Posted 19 April 2006 - 11:19 AM
The shaft rusts, wiper quits, and it doesn't take all that much rust or corrosion, maybe even dirt to stop it..............
I always fear breaking the window when messing with these...........
mine has been out for 2 years now..........
Posted 19 April 2006 - 05:54 PM
Posted 20 April 2006 - 05:02 AM
These are a relatively easy item to resurrect. What happens to them is that the white metal casting they use for the motor case and gearbox reacts with the steel shaft that comes through the casting out the glass. The two corrode and seize up the shaft. As long as you get to fix it before it stays seized for too long, you'll be able to get the unit apart, clean and lube it up and be back in business. Pull the unit out of the tailgate (and unless you are really clumsy, you won't break the rear glass). I've had two units out over the years and have had no difficulties. After removing the wiper arm bolt cover (plastic cover just pops off) undo the 10 mm nut, lift off the wiper arm, pull off the large rubber sheild ring underneath. Undo the large nut holding the wiper shaft to the glass. Remove the interior panel and undo the wiring harness connector and the three 10mm bolts that hold the wiper assembly to the tailgate, and slide the unit out. Now drill out the rivets that hold the entire unit together at the gearbox, pry it open, clean everything, lube with white grease, put back together, bolt it together with new bolts where the rivets were, test by hooking it up to the wiring harness and turning on the switch, smile at a job well done, and reinstall everything. It really is a simple DIYer. Good Luck!
I will give it a try as there doesn't seem to be anything to loose at this point other than a little time and effort
Too bad they didn't make the motors a little tougher. My Loyale's rear wiper works a-ok after 15 years....I was surprised to see my Legacy one go on me.
Posted 20 April 2006 - 05:17 AM
I think mine died because I left it running while the blade was froze to the window.
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