Wiper arm removal?

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Old 05-22-2015, 01:30 AM
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I'm investigating water leaking into the driver's footwell, so need to find a puller to get the wiper arms off so I can remove the cowl molding.

Once I have the nut removed, any tips/techniques that work well for pulling off the wiper arms?
 
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Old 05-22-2015, 02:20 AM
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Again, I am not sure if it is like the Ion (I am an Ion guy), as I never got the opportunity to tear into my dads when we had it. So if it is similar, you pull the wipers up, and there are some caps going around. Pop them off with a flat head, and I believe it was a 7mm or 10mm bolt under each one. Get those all out, and lift up a bit, and I think there were 4 more bolts underneath that.


Again, that is if it is similar to the Ion. Always worth a shot.
 
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Old 05-22-2015, 02:26 AM
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4 more bolts under what?
 
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In the case of the Vue the wiper arm is held down by an acorn nut atop the post.
With the nut off, I think I'll need to set a puller though as the arms are set pretty tight on the post. Can't seem to wiggle, shake or pull em straight out by hand.
 
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Old 05-22-2015, 02:36 AM
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4 more bolts under what?


The wiper assembly cover. Whoops.


You don't need to pull the arms off. It will all come off as one unit. That's how I did it anyway.
 
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You could always try a batter clamp remover tool. You may have to place a small socket on the stud, but I THINK that would work.
 
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Originally Posted by Rubehayseed View Post
You could always try a batter clamp remover tool. You may have to place a small socket on the stud, but I THINK that would work.
A better puller DING! That's exactly what did it.
I used this battery terminal puller and it was able to grip the base just fine:


FWIW - on the Vue the only way to remove the two plastic cowl covers is to remove the wiper arms. My reason for needing to do this was to vacuum out any debris and also to replace the washer jets (the nozzle to the passenger side had blown out.)

I also removed the hood for a Saturday engine steam clean project.
 
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any sign of the leakage path?
 

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Glad to hear it worked out for you. Sometimes us old farts still have good ideas. LOL
 
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Originally Posted by derf View Post
any sign of the leakage path?
Still looking, but a couple of good candidates.

The easy/common reason of leaf etc. debris in the cowl wasn't it though. That area was fantastically clean. I unbolted and removed the hood, pulled wheels and wheel liners and am now going over things in detail. Overall in remarkable good shape. I'm going over the under-areas with a wire brush, degreaser and will POR-15 over any rusted spots and preserve the condition.
 

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