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Hello everyone! I just replaced the windshield wiper motor on my caravan yesterday. Having a real problem with the wipers now stopping in the middle. The wipers are covering the windshield fine when on but I am stumped. does the shaft itself have to be set first? Also, is there a diagram of some sort on how to do this. Thanks!
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Hello everyone! I just replaced the windshield wiper motor on my caravan yesterday. Having a real problem with the wipers now stopping in the middle. The wipers are covering the windshield fine when on but I am stumped. does the shaft itself have to be set first? Also, is there a diagram of some sort on how to do this. Thanks!

I set the wipers when I turn them off. Starting from the middle of the windshield, I set them lower but they go below the windshield. I set them higher, they go beyond the windshield. When they stop in the middle, where they are set now, the blades cover the windshield fine. I just want them to stop where they are supposed to. Thanks!
Just checked book to confirm my recollection. There is no "Park" adjustment. With motor and concealed transfer arms installed (but not the blade arms) and electrical connections made, turn key to run, then turn on wiper for a few rotations. then turn off the wiper and the ignition and the shaft is now in "park", install blades. The blades may be off perfect alignment but a little trial and fitting should get the correct position. If this process is followed and the park position is in middle of glass, you got the wrong part.
Are you say that the motor I installed is not the correct motor? They are identical. With the arms off, I turned the motor on, then off. Where it stopped should be the park position. I then put the driver side arm on with blade in the lower part of the windshield. I turned the key on, turned the wipers on and the blade goes half way up the windshield and eventually goes way past the lower part of the windshield. Makes no sense to me. SMH
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Are you say that the motor I installed is not the correct motor? They are identical. With the arms off, I turned the motor on, then off. Where it stopped should be the park position. I then put the driver side arm on with blade in the lower part of the windshield. I turned the key on, turned the wipers on and the blade goes half way up the windshield and eventually goes way past the lower part of the windshield. Makes no sense to me. SMH
I think what folks are trying to tell you is that you mounted the arms incorrectly. You should remove the arms, enable the wipers, turn them off, and once you do the wiper shafts will return the "Park" position. Once parked, then remount the wiper arms so that the blades are parallel with the base of the windshield.

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If I recall correctly, your wiper motor requieres two power wires, one from the wiper"s switch and one from the ignition/accesories switch.If your ign/acc wire doesn"t have power, the wiper motor will stop as soon as you turn your wiper switch off and wiper blades will not go to the "home" position.When you turn the wiper"s switch off, the ign/acc power wire will take over to take the wipers to the home position.Note: If you followed shipo"s instructions and, you have two power wires at the motor and still have that problem, then you have a defective wiper"s motor


Yes!! u have the wrong or defective wiper if as u say you disconnected the external wiper arms, installed the wiper moter then installed the external wiper arms and using the wiper switch turned on the wipers then turned them off and they parked a different location the motor is either the wrong one or it is defective. Ray
There are 2 switches coming from the motor. One going to a harness and the other going to the control switch I"m assuming. Prior to removing the old motor, with the arms off, I manually moved the arms at the swivel, up and down, above the motor to make sure the motor wasn"t frozen. I can"t remember if I left it high or low. Would this matter or would the motor reset itself regardless of where the arms were left at installation. You would think the on/off switch would carry them back to park on the lower part of the windshield. This is not the case. Thanks again guys!
Ok figured it out. ...Before I replaced the motor I loosened the top nut from motor and manually moved the blades from the motor hindge up and down To see if it was frozen up.That arm at the hindge of the motor that works the arms needs to sit ffrom 9:00 to 3:00. Not from 12 to 6. Reset and alls good. I"ll try and post a photo tomorrow. Thanks again everyone for all the help!!!
Hello everyone!I just replaced the windshield wiper motor on my caravan yesterday. Having a real problem with the wipers now stopping in the middle. The wipers are covering the windshield fine when on but I am stumped. does the shaft itself have to be set first? Also, is there a diagram of some sort on how to do this.Thanks!
Hi. I have the exact same thing happening. I replaced the windshield wiper linkage and now my wiper arms stop vertical up and down and not down at base. If I move the arms to base, they go way below windshield. If I move the other way they go off the windshield. I read you fix but I don’t understand what you did with the 9 and 3 position.
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