Suzuki Samurai/Sidekick/Tracker 1986-1998 Repair Guide

Windshield Wiper Motor

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Front
SAMURAI MODELS

The windshield wiper motor is mounted on the upper right-hand corner of the firewall, under the instrument panel, in the passengers' compartment.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Using a plastic or wooden prytool, remove the upper instrument panel mounting bolt plastic covers from the top of the instrument panel.
  4.  
  5. Loosen the upper instrument mounting bolts and pull the instrument panel away from the firewall slightly.
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  7. Open the glove box, then remove the glove box compartment mounting bolts.
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  9. Open the hood.
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  11. Matchmark the positions of the hood latch mechanism and mounting fasteners with white paint, correction fluid, a grease pencil, or a scribing tool, then remove the hood latch. Detach the actuating cable from the hood latch.
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  13. Pull the glove box compartment away from the instrument panel, withdrawing the hood latch actuating cable as well. Position the glove box compartment aside. For an easier installation, do not pull the glove box so far back that the entire actuating cable is removed form the firewall.
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  15. Gaining access through the glove box compartment opening, remove the two wiper motor lower mounting bolts.
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  17. Loosen the remaining two fasteners from the top of the instrument panel, through the right-hand instrument panel mounting bolt hole.
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  19. Pull the motor away from the firewall until the wiper motor-to-crank arm retaining nut can be accessed from the top of the instrument panel. Use an open end wrench to remove the retaining nut.
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  21. Detach the wiring harness connector from the motor, then withdraw it through glove box compartment opening.
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To install:
  1. Position the wiper motor close enough to the firewall so that the wiring harness connector can be reattached to the motor.
  2.  
  3. Position the motor up near the linkage opening, then install the linkage onto the wiper motor shaft. Install the retaining nut and tighten it to 177 inch lbs. (20 Nm).
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  5. Position the wiper motor against the firewall and install all four mounting bolts securely.
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  7. Push the instrument panel back against the firewall and tighten the upper mounting bolts securely.
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  9. Position the glove box compartment in the instrument panel, then, from the engine compartment, pull the hood latch actuating cable out of the passengers' compartment.
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  11. Install the glove box compartment mounting screws securely.
  12.  
  13. Reattach the hood latch actuating cable to the hood latch mechanism, then install the hood latch mechanism so that the matchmarks (made during removal) are aligned. Tighten the hood latch mechanism mounting fasteners thoroughly.
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  15. Close the hood carefully, and ensure that the hood latch engages properly.
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  17. Close the glove box.
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  19. Install the upper instrument panel plastic trim covers.
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  21. Connect the negative battery cable.
  22.  

SIDEKICK, TRACKER, SIDEKICK SPORT AND X-90 MODELS

See Figures 1 through 5

  1. Turn the ignition switch ON without starting the engine. Operate the wipers so that they go through one full cycle, then turn the wipers OFF. Ensure that they stop in the park position (bottom-most position). Turn the ignition switch OFF .
  2.  
  3. Open the hood.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Windshield wiper motor component identification



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Fig. Fig. 2: To remove the wiper motor, first detach the wiring harness connector from the motor ...



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Fig. Fig. 3: ... then loosen all of the wiper motor-to-firewall mounting bolts



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Fig. Fig. 4: Gently pull the wiper motor away from the firewall ...



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Fig. Fig. 5: ... until the linkage can be separated from the motor crank arm with a small prytool

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  
  3. Detach the wiring harness connector from the wiper motor, mounted on the driver's side of the engine compartment firewall.
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  5. Loosen the four mounting bolts, then gently pull the motor away from the firewall.
  6.  


WARNING
Do NOT loosen the wiper motor-to-crank nut in the following step. Be sure to separate the linkage rod from the wiper motor crank arm.

  1. Using a small prytool, separate the wiper linkage from the wiper motor crank arm.
  2.  


WARNING
The wiper motor crank arm is not to be removed from the wiper motor. A new wiper motor should come with the crank arm already installed. The position of the crank arm is very important; it is oriented so that the wiper arms will be properly positioned when the motor settles in the park position.

To install:
  1. Position the wiper motor close to the linkage hole in the firewall, then reattach the linkage to the motor crank arm. Be sure that the linkage is positively engaged by the linkage. It may be necessary to use a large pair of pliers to re-engage the linkage and crank arm.
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  3. Set the motor against the firewall, then install the mounting bolts. Tighten the mounting bolts to 177 inch lbs. (20 Nm).
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  5. Reattach the wiring harness connector to the wiper motor.
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  7. Connect the negative battery cable.
  8.  

Rear

See Figure 6

Rear wipers were an option on hard-top Sidekick, Tracker and Sidekick Sport models only.

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2.  

Before proceeding with this procedure, purchase new inner back door panel retainers from a dealership or an aftermarket automotive parts store. The retainers are plastic, and the old ones will most likely break during panel removal.

  1. If applicable, remove the spare tire from the mounting bracket.
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  3. Open the back door.
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  5. Remove the inner back door panel plastic retainers by pressing the center pin of the retainer in until the retainer is fully disengaged, then pull the entire retainer out of the inner back door panel. Separate the panel from the back door.
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  7. Carefully remove the watershield from the inside of the back door. If the watershield is not damaged during removal, it can be reused. Otherwise a new one must be purchased, or you can fabricate one out of a plastic lawn bag.
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  9. Disengage the wiring harness connector from the rear wiper motor.
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Fig. Fig. 6: To remove the rear wiper motor, loosen the three mounting screws with a screwdriver, then withdraw the motor out of the door through the large, lower hole

  1. Remove the wiper motor ground strap retaining screw.
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  3. Loosen the three mounting bolts, then gently pull the motor away from the back door.
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WARNING
Do NOT loosen the wiper motor-to-crank nut in the following step. Be sure to separate the linkage rod from the wiper motor crank arm.

  1. Using a small prytool, separate the wiper linkage from the wiper motor crank arm.
  2.  


WARNING
The wiper motor crank arm is not to be removed from the wiper motor. A new wiper motor should come with the crank arm already installed. The position of the crank arm is very important; it is oriented so that the wiper arms will be properly positioned when the motor settles in the park position.

To install:
  1. Position the wiper motor close to the linkage in the back door, then reattach the linkage to the motor crank arm. Be sure that the linkage is positively engaged by the linkage. It may be necessary to use a large pair of pliers to re-engage the linkage and crank arm.
  2.  
  3. Set the motor against the back door, then install the mounting bolts. Tighten the mounting bolts to 177 inch lbs. (20 Nm).
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  5. Position the ground strap against the back door metal, then install the retaining screw securely.
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  7. Apply a continuos bead of sealant on the inside of the back door, then install the watershield.
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  9. Position the inner back door panel against the inside of the back door.
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  11. Insert new plastic retainers in the panel mounting holes. Engage the retainers by depressing the retainer center pins until they are flush the rest of the retainer.
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  13. If equipped, install the spare tire onto the mounting bracket. Tighten the spare tire lug nuts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
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  15. Connect the negative battery cable.
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