Reinstall wiper arms

Asked by Virginia Oct 10, 2018 at 08:00 PM about the 2001 Dodge Caravan SE FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How to reinstall wiper arms? Is there any
measurements I need know? Please be specific!!!

2 Answers

Determine whether you have a bolt-on wiper arm by following the wiper arm from the wiper blade to the base where it is attached. You may have to open the hood. Bolt-on wiper arms are attached to the wiper post by a nut. The nut is usually concealed under a plastic cover that must be removed or popped open. Materials Needed Flathead screwdriver Socket set Wax crayon Step 1: Turn the wipers on and stop them mid-way up the windshield. Mark their location with the wax crayon. Step 2: Remove the plastic cover over the nut holding the wiper arm onto the post. If possible, simply twist the cover off. If it resists, you may need to use the flathead screwdriver to pry it off. Once the cover is removed, place it in a safe location. Step 3: Select the correct socket size for the nut on your vehicle. Then place the socket in the ratchet. Use a ratchet extender if necessary to get the proper leverage on the nut. Step 4: Find the optimum leverage point. Determine the best place to stand to get access to the nut and the proper leverage. You may have to get under the hood or lean over the windshield. Warning: Getting the proper leverage on the nut is key, so you don’t end up stripping the nut or damaging the splined wiper blade shaft. Test your leverage on the nut before applying full force. Step 5: Verify that the ratchet is set to counter-clockwise (CCW). This will allow the nut to be loosened. Step 6: Loosen the nut by putting the ratchet over the nut and turning the ratchet. The wiper arm should be stabilized with your other hand to prevent damage to the linkage and blade shaft. Step 7: Remove the nut. After the nut is sufficiently loosened, remove the ratchet and spin the nut off by hand. The nut should be placed somewhere safe so it can be reused to attach the new wiper arm. Step 8: Remove the wiper blade arm. Lift the wiper blade arm up from the windshield, and grab the wiper blade with one hand and the wiper arm near the bolt with the other hand. Gently tug the wiper blade arm back and forth until it comes off of the drive post.


Just place them at the correct position where they park when not in use. Eyeball is OK.

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