2002 Subaru Forester 4 cyl All Wheel Drive Automatic 109000 miles
Front windshield wipers travel too far - intermittently but most of the time. This started after snow was allowed to pack up under the wipers and I suspect something was stripped or damaged, although this doesn't happen all the time.
The driver's side wiper travels so far that it hits the post with a loud " whack" and both continue downward on the opposite stroke until stopped by the cowl cover.
I noticed that there is a lot of play in both arms. When in the " off" position - all the way down on the cow - I can easily move the wipers up to what I would expect to be the normall lowest or " park" position at which point I can't move them in that direction any more. I estimate there is 4 or 5 inches of travel at the tip of the wiper, maybe 15 to 20 degrees of arc. Should replacing the motor take care of this?
Also, I haven't been able to remove the arms from the shafts. Do I need a puller of some sort to do this? My manuals just say " remove the arms" as though they should come off easily.
Friday, October 30th, 2009 AT 1:58 PM