2001 Ford Explorer



November, 17, 2012 AT 6:16 PM

How do I remove the front wiper motor?

2 Answers



November, 17, 2012 AT 6:31 PM


CAUTION : The internal permanent magnets used in the windshield wiper motor are made of a glass-like material. To avoid damaging the magnets, do not strike the motor with a hammer or any other object.

NOTE : The windshield wiper motor is not a repairable item. If worn or damaged, the motor must be replaced.

Remove the LH pivot arm.

1 Pull upon the pivot arm.
2 Pull out on the retainer tab and remove the pivot arm.

Remove the LH cowl top vent panel screw.

Disconnect the washer hose from the LH washer jet nozzle.

Remove the LH cowl top vent panel. Release the seven spring retainers.

Unsnap the wiper motor clip from the RH mounting arm and pivot shaft.

Disconnect the RH windshield wiper mounting arm and pivot shaft from the LH windshield wiper mounting arm and pivot shaft and move both away from the windshield wiper motor.

Disconnect the electrical connector.

Remove the ground strap nut and position the strap aside.

Remove the windshield wiper motor.

Remove the stud bolts.
Remove the bolts.


To install, reverse the removal procedure.

CAUTION : To avoid possible damage to the mounting arm and pivot shaft retainer clip, be sure the clip is fully seated before installing on the motor crank pin.

NOTE : Install the LH mounting arm and pivot shaft to the motor before installing the RH mounting arm and pivot shaft.
Install the retainer clip on the RH mounting arm and pivot shaft prior to installing the motor.



September, 17, 2013 AT 5:11 AM

Turn wiper switch on. When arms are in mid-position, turn ignition to OFF.
Disconnect wiper motor electrical connector.
Remove wiper cowl top grille.
Remove cowl top grille.
Remove clip retaining linkage to crank arm of wiper motor. Refer to the illustration under Wiper Motor Removal and Installation, Step 5.
Remove four pivot retaining screws.
Remove linkage from vehicle.
For installation, reverse Steps 1 through 7.

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