Wiper arm freezes???

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Wiper arm freezes???

Postby metaxa44 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 3:47 am

This morning seems like my windshiel wiper motor frooz..
The wiper arm was off the windshield over night , so it was not froozen to the glass,but still did not work..
After half on hour I moved it by hand and sudenly started to work again..

Motor or actuater could be froozen ???
Any ideas what to do next time???

Thanks..


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Re: Wiper arm freezes??? (metaxa44)

Postby star_deceiver » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:49 am

Check the connections on the wiper motor, or perhaps some water froze the arms connected to the motor.

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Re: Wiper arm freezes??? (star_deceiver)

Postby metaxa44 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:30 pm

It did it again...
I lossened up the ice yesterday and with help got the wiper going again..
This morning it is stuck again..
I have a fealing the motor is going on me...
I start to not like this car..
Firsth the alternator now the wiper and the car is only 3 years old...

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Re: Wiper arm freezes??? (metaxa44)

Postby thebarber » Sun Jan 01, 2012 12:07 pm

weird that itd be frozen...just make sure the base wasnt/isnt frozen up

its cheap/easy to replace, though

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Re: Wiper arm freezes??? (metaxa44)

Postby djkeev » Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:21 pm

Question, is the wiper shaft literally FROZEN (ice) or is the electric motor frozen (mechanically seized)?

Big difference of fix methods.

I'd try to liberally soak the wiper pivot with a product such as WD40 to lubricate and disperse moisture out of it. It's cheap, it's easy and if it's moisture, it'll fix it.

The motor? Probably a new one will be needed. Things are designed to be fixed much today.

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Re: Wiper arm freezes??? (djkeev)

Postby Raven » Mon Jan 02, 2012 5:46 am

Mine did the same thing recently. The shaft that passes through the rear glass is corroded from salt and water and crud.
Spray it liberally for a few days with WD40 until it loosens up. You could remove the wiper arm but they can be stubborn to get off because of corrossion.
If you keep running it while it's binding you will literally burn out the motor as in "Help me I'm melting"!

EDIT: My mistake, I was thinking rear wiper because of my problem with mine. I was working on it and the gears fell out of the motor case. I'm waiting for a photo from someone to figure out how to put them back together.


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Postby j42.snyder » Mon Jan 02, 2012 7:04 am

Is this question about the front wiper(s), or the rear wiper?

I figured it was front by the initial description of "windshield" wiper - but wiper arm is listed as a singular - such as the rear.

If the OP could clarify, maybe we could be of more help.

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Postby metaxa44 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 12:40 am

Hey Guys,

Happy New Year to you all...
It is by the way my front wipers, and it did it again this morning ..
-12 in my area...


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Postby djkeev » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:05 am

Quote, originally posted by metaxa44 »
Hey Guys,

Happy New Year to you all...
It is by the way my front wipers, and it did it again this morning ..
-12 in my area...

So It's Ice??

Take off the wiper arm from the pivot. Liberally soak the center shaft where the blade mounts with WD 40 (once the ice thaws). WD 40 is a product that displaces moisture and your problems should be done!

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Postby metaxa44 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:39 am

Well , I put the car in the garage for 1 hour ...
Of course it warmed up and the wiper worked again...
I sprayed it with DW-40 and left it for half an hour before put the car outside...
Temp. will be -17 Celsius over night..
I Hope this will work...

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Postby djkeev » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:23 pm

Quote, originally posted by metaxa44 »
Well , I put the car in the garage for 1 hour ...
Of course it warmed up and the wiper worked again...
I sprayed it with DW-40 and left it for half an hour before put the car outside...
Temp. will be -17 Celsius over night..
I Hope this will work...

IF you got the oil down the pivot shaft, if will be fine. As I mentioned, it would be best to remove the wiper blade to expose the pivot point.

Good Luck!

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Postby metaxa44 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:39 pm

Well it did not work , but now in the mild weather everything OK...
I do not need an other summer car...
I got one all ready...LOL..

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Postby djkeev » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:24 pm

Did you disassemble?? Spraying stuff on the outside does nothing. You need to get down into the pivot points of the shaft, also helps to operate it while you a spraying into the pivot point.
I suspect that IF it is water in the wiper shaft, you didn't get the WD 40 into the shaft for it would have worked.

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Postby metaxa44 » Mon Jan 09, 2012 12:39 pm

Ok, that is it...
This morning only minus 2 no wiper again..
Pissed off very mush sooooooooooooooooooo..
got home after work ,right into the garage off the wiper arms ( was very easy by the way )and soaked in wd40..
Sprayed it about 6-7 time every half hour..
Reinstalled everything and left car in garage over night...
HOPE this will WORK...
It is mild here now , but next time we have a cold night we will see..

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Postby dustie » Mon Jan 09, 2012 4:17 pm

Glad I live in the desert... I just have to worry about my wiper blade melting.. haha!

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Postby thebarber » Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:29 am

No warranty on the car?
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Postby metaxa44 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 2:34 pm

Of course not ..
And wd-40 did nothing..
Temp down to -7 ,and of course wiper motor not working again...

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Re: Wiper arm freezes??? (metaxa44)

Postby djkeev » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:44 pm

Well by removing the arms you gained access to the pivoting shaft. IF there was any water in the shaft and IF you were able to get the WD 40 down in there, that would fix your issue. IT obviously didn't which means that somehow you've got ice in your motor, I don't know how you'd ever do that, or the problem isn't ice at all but something to do with decreased clearances between rotating metal pieces in the cold.
2 choices, pull your fresh air grille and access all of the linkage and the motor or take it to a dealer and have them locate the problem.

This is a really odd problem for front wipers!! The rear can often seize due to lack of use and corrosion but rarely the fronts!

Good luck, sorry the easy cheap fix didn't work for you! It was worth a try though!!

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Re: Wiper arm freezes??? (djkeev)

Postby metaxa44 » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:52 pm

Thanks Dave for trying to help...

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Re: Wiper arm freezes??? (metaxa44)

Postby metaxa44 » Sat Jan 14, 2012 3:17 am

Wiper relay maybe stuck in the cold temp???
And if there is one anybody know where???


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