How do you remove the wiper arm

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  1. RS1979

    RS1979 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I want to remove and repaint my wiper arms but I can’t figure out how to get them off. How do they come off?
     
  2. Rdobbs1977

    Rdobbs1977 Veteran Member

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    they do make a tool for them. i only know this because i was thumbing through a tool catalogue yesterday as i have yet to remove a wiper arm..
     
  3. RS1979

    RS1979 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I found a clip or retainer on them. I used a screwdriver to move it away from the shaft but couldn’t move it far enough to release the arm.
     
  4. David79Z28

    David79Z28 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    I was just trying to do the same thing.

    Following...
     
  5. Green hornet

    Green hornet Veteran Member

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    The retainer doesn't move far. Grab the wiper arm as low as you can to the base. Now rock it back and forth til it comes loose. This is how I have remove them for years. Be patient it will work loose.
     
  6. 70 Proof

    70 Proof Veteran Member

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    The attached pics are of a universal tool to remove wiper arms from the splined shaft. Cost about $7-$10.
    Careful not to pry against the windshield.
     

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  7. budro6968

    budro6968 Veteran Member

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    Get a Q Tip with some PB blaster and soak it and dab the base let it soak in. Then rock it off. You could use a heat gun or blow dryer to warm it up, might help.
     
  8. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Do NOT lean a metal tool on the edge of the windshield.
    I did that 25 years ago and made a tiny chip in it.

    A week later, a crack had formed from that chip and ran halfway across the windshield. :(
    But the new (insurance paid) glass looked great! :D
     
  9. Gary S

    Gary S Administrator Lifetime Gold Member

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    Get that simple tool. It is cheap and available at any decent auto parts store. That tool makes it easy because it unloads the preload of the spring so the wiper comes off easily without messing anything up. The preload of the spring is what makes it difficult to lift the wiper off its splines.
     
  10. RS1979

    RS1979 Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

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    Yeah I found that tool at the parts store. It made it easy. Thanks for the info guys:)
     

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