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Old 06 Sep 2013, 08:56 am
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Hi all, I was a member here from forever but for some reason my old sign in won't work so I had to start a new account.
Anyway I have a 2001 Limited (original owner!) and was doing a bit of detailing and stuff the other day and decided to replace the rear wiper blade. I'm guessing it was done at the dealers previously as I don't recall doing it before although I've done the front blades a number of times.
I went to Auto Zone and got the one listed in the catalog and came home but can't for the life of me get it changed.
First of all, does the arm come out any further than a few inches? Mine stops and doesn't give you much room to mess with the old blade, much less put on a new one.
Second, is there a specific blade type I should get? The one I got doesn't look right so I'm returning it.
Is there a secret?
Anyway, my PT just hit 80000 miles and is a great car. Other than the cracked dashboard which I'm not quite sure what to do about.

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Old 06 Sep 2013, 09:22 am
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Annette, welcome to the forum.

I did away with the rear wiper so gotta work from memory. There's a cap in the center of the control that holds the wiper arm. Gently pry that cap off and you should see a nut that holds the whole arm on. You'll probably need a deep well socket to get the nut off, once off, the whole arm should come off, maybe with a little work by wiggling it side to side and pulling at the same time. Once the whole arm and blade is off, it's pretty easy to take the old blade off.
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Old 06 Sep 2013, 09:32 am
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Thanks! I'm going to give it a try when I get home.

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Old 06 Sep 2013, 01:25 pm
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Pulling the arm socket off will scare you.
But it is tight because of the spring bending the angle of pressure, into an angled pull.
That spring-angled pressure is what keeps the arm from popping off during use; and keeps the arm sprung under pressure against the window surface.

If never been will be corroded and really stuck.
(WD40, or penetrating oil will help...tapping it a little sideways.)

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Old 10 Sep 2013, 11:54 am
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AdvancedAuto will replace wiper blades for free (if you buy them there, of course).
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Old 10 Sep 2013, 12:05 pm
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Default Re: Help with rear wiper replacement

you can finagle the old one off without removing the arm. i do it all the time. seriously. i take that wiper off and use it to dry my windows after i wash my car. it seems like it won't fit off, but it comes off just fine. give it another shot think about it like one of those ring puzzles
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