GM Malibu/Cutlass 1997-2000

Windshield Wiper Blade and Arm

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Remove the cover for access to the wiper arm retaining nut



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Fig. Remove the wiper arm retaining nut



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Fig. If the wiper arm is stuck to the pivot, a special tool is available to release the arm from the pivot, however, . . .



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Fig. . . . a battery terminal puller also works more than adequately



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Fig. Using the special tool to separate the wiper arm from the shaft



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Fig. Remove the arm from the transmission pivot



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Fig. Be sure wipers and arms are installed so as to be in the correct position when the motor is in the PARK position

  1. Make sure the wipers are in the PARK position. This is when the wipers are off and fully down.
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  3. Disconnect the washer hose from the washer nozzle
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  5. Remove the cover from the wiper arm nut.
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  7. Unfasten the nut from the wiper arm assembly and the wiper transmission assembly driveshaft.
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NOTE
If the wiper arm assembly cannot be removed from the shaft by rocking it, a battery puller may be used. There are also a special tool available for this purpose.

  1. Remove the wiper arm assembly from the pivot by rocking.
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  3. If necessary, replace the blade refill (element) as outlined in of this guide.
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To install:

  1. Install the wiper arm assembly on the transmission driveshaft.
    1. Put the ignition switch in the ACCY position.
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    3. Set the wiper switch to the PULSE position. The windshield wiper system should be operating.
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    5. Turn the ignition switch OFF when wipers are in this innerwipe position and not moving.
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    7. Install the wiper arm assembly on the transmission drive shaft while maintaining a distance of 1.3 in. (33mm) for the left hand side or 1.7 in. (42mm) for the right hand side between the wiper blade assembly and the bottom of the windshield (see accompanying figure for details).
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  3. Install the retaining nut on the wiper transmission driveshaft and wiper arm assembly. Tighten the nut to 18 ft. lbs. (25 Nm), then install the cover on the nut.
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NOTE
Lubricate the washer hose with windshield washer solvent to ease installation on the nozzle.

  1. Attach the washer hose to the washer nozzle.
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  3. Operate the wipers and check for proper operation.
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ADJUSTMENT



The only adjustment for the wiper arms is to remove an arm from the transmission shaft, rotate the arm the required distance and direction and then install the arm back in position so it is in line with the blackout line on the glass. The wiper motor must be in the park position before performing this. Refer to accompanying figure for details.

 
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