VW Passat & Audi A4 1990-2000

Windshield Wiper Motor & Linkage

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION

NOTE
If the wiper motor is to be replaced, test the replacement motor several times and make sure it is properly parked before installing it. Once installed, operate the wiper motor several times, and then allow it to park before installing the wiper arms.

  1. Return the wipers to the parked position and remove the fuse. Remove the wiper arms. Disconnect the negative battery terminal.
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NOTE
Do NOT operate the wipers while the hood is open. With the hood open the wiper arms could damage the hood and windshield.

  1. On models with the underhood Engine Control Module (ECM) housing located near the left wiper pivot;
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    1. Remove the housing cover.
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    3. Remove the housing assembly mounting nuts, lift the housing assembly upward from the rubber mounts and then move the entire assembly forward.
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  3. Remove the air cowl grille cover.
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  5. Loosen and remove the wiper arm shaft nuts. Remove the linkage mounting fasteners and disconnect the wiring plug.
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  7. Pull the linkage assembly down on the right and rotate the linkage out of the cowl.
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  9. Pull of the linkage rods from the motor crank. Remove the motor crank nut and pull off the crank. Remove the 3 mounting bolts and remove the motor.
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Fig. Remove the water barrier fasteners



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Fig. Using a suitable pry tool, lift up the base of the bolt while turning the head



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Fig. View of water barrier retaining clip



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Fig. Removal of the water barrier weather stripping



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Fig. Pull away the water barrier



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Fig. Remove any dirt and debris from the under the water barrier at this time



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Fig. Remove the wiper motor electrical connector



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Fig. Removing the wiper motor and linkage assembly



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Fig. If necessary, drop the wiper assembly downward to access the wiper motor electrical connector. On this type of connector, lift the locking bracket upward to release the electrical connector



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Fig. Remove the wiper motor complete with the mounting bracket and wiper pivots



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Fig. Matchmark the wiper motor pivot arm, motor and mounting bracket before removing the motor



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Fig. The wiper linkage ball socket can be snapped off to remove, or snapped in place to install onto the wiper motor's arm



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Fig. Remove the screws from the wiper motor assembly. If necessary, use a hand impact driver to remove

To install:

  1. Connect the wiper motor to the electrical plug and actuate the motor to return the motor to the parked position, if necessary. Install the motor on the linkage and press on the crank arm. The arm should make a straight line with the drive linkage while in the parked position. Install the nut on the motor shaft. Press on the linkage arms.
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  3. Installation is in reverse order of removal noting the following:
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  5. Cycle the wiper motor to park and install the wiper arms. Close the hood and check the operation of the wipers and adjust as necessary.
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