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Old 07-10-2013, 04:57 PM   #1
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Default Wiper arm removal

I've done lots of searches and found the only way to get them off is to use a gear puller/bettery terminal puller. Tried that and it's not working. Anyone have any tips/suggestions to getting these things off? Trying to get them to repaint.
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Old 07-10-2013, 05:04 PM   #2
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There should be a LITTLE side clip on the bottom of the end of the arm. You should be able to use your finger nail or small screwdriver to pull the clip outward and pull up on the wiper arm at the same time. Unless the later models are different?
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Old 07-10-2013, 06:20 PM   #3
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I believe they changed them. I just did another check to make absolutely sure i'm not missing anything like that, and yeah, nothing there.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:52 PM   #4
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I don't know where you are in the process. First, remove the protective cap on the end of each arm. Second, for each arm, remove the nut that was under the cap. Third, pull the arms off. Have you done the first two steps but the arms aren't coming off?

I'm figuring that yours is the same as the 2007 model.
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Old 07-11-2013, 08:41 AM   #5
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I'm at the third step, they just wont come off.
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Old 09-14-2013, 03:25 PM   #6
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I'm right there with you Blue Steel! I have removed the nut, but can't seem to wiggle the arm free to remove it, so I can then remove the plastic cowl.
I already emptied the rubber grommets from below, however, after sticking my head down under on the passenger side (which does not require removing the wipers in order to remove the cowl) and the crevice behind the firewall definitely needs to be vacuumed out.
I had to park under a jacaranda tree at my last residence and it shows in these drain grommets and the cabin air filter.
Now that I have my car half torn apart, I cant get the wipers off to finish the job! HELP! Advice Please..Anyone?

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The reason the wiper arm is so difficult to remove is because of the spring tension that keeps the wiper pressed against the windshield is a lateral-downward force on the retaining bolt. First, you'll need a wiper puller or a wide flat blade screw driver to use as a lever and WD40 or any penetrant like it. Once you've removed the nut, spray penetrant on the bolt and attach the puller to the top of the bolt or position the screwdriver under the wiper at the bolt. Now here's the trick - lift the wiper arm up so there is no lateral pressure against the wiper arm bolt (that pressure is the force that makes it difficult so you'll have to lift the wiper off the windshield an inch or two and adjust as you go); now just lift the arm off the bolt with the tool.
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The reason the wiper arm is so difficult to remove is because of the spring tension that keeps the wiper pressed against the windshield is a lateral-downward force on the retaining bolt. First, you'll need a wiper puller or a wide flat blade screw driver to use as a lever and WD40 or any penetrant like it. Once you've removed the nut, spray penetrant on the bolt and attach the puller to the top of the bolt or position the screwdriver under the wiper at the bolt. Now here's the trick - lift the wiper arm up so there is no lateral pressure against the wiper arm bolt (that pressure is the force that makes it difficult so you'll have to lift the wiper off the windshield an inch or two and adjust as you go); now just lift the arm off the bolt with the tool.
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The reason the wiper arm is so difficult to remove is because of the spring tension that keeps the wiper pressed against the windshield is a lateral-downward force on the retaining bolt. First, you'll need a wiper puller or a wide flat blade screw driver to use as a lever and WD40 or any penetrant like it. Once you've removed the nut, spray penetrant on the bolt and attach the puller to the top of the bolt or position the screwdriver under the wiper at the bolt. Now here's the trick - lift the wiper arm up so there is no lateral pressure against the wiper arm bolt (that pressure is the force that makes it difficult so you'll have to lift the wiper off the windshield an inch or two and adjust as you go); now just lift the arm off the bolt with the tool.
Thanks Red,
I was considering purchasing the wiper tool thinking it may be necessary to remove the arm and after noting the threads on the bolt. It didn't even occur to me to use WD40, (must have been a blonde moment because you need it on practically everything when working on a boat) however, I was trying to lift the arm bilaterally, as to not apply pressure against any one side of the bolt.
I appreciate the feedback. I am very unfamiliar with these newer engines with all their plastic and electronics. This is the first "new" car I have ever owned and now that it is getting upwards of 6 years old, it is also giving me the most headaches of any car I have ever owned. (With the fear of being barred from this websight, I have always been a "Chevy girl" and I'm still not exactly thrilled my Ford) It had issues the first week I drove it off the dealership lot that they would not repair because they "couldn't get it to repeat the problem for them". It wouldn't allow me to place the fuel pump in the tank and set it to fill. I had to stand there and hold the nozzle or else it would it would click off then I would have to continuously pull the trigger over and over to fill a few cents of fuel at a time into the tank. They wanted me to drive to Orange every time I needed gas. Eventually it stopped doing it, but still does every once in a while. Does anyone else have that issue?
Since I now know that there are knowledgeable people here with valuable answers, I will be back with many more questions..lol This is just the beginning of some of the little things that wrong or just drive me crazy about this car.
Thanks again, will be back soon!
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Thanks Red,
I was considering purchasing the wiper tool thinking it may be necessary to remove the arm and after noting the threads on the bolt. It didn't even occur to me to use WD40, (must have been a blonde moment because you need it on practically everything when working on a boat) however, I was trying to lift the arm bilaterally, as to not apply pressure against any one side of the bolt.
I appreciate the feedback. I am very unfamiliar with these newer engines with all their plastic and electronics. This is the first "new" car I have ever owned and now that it is getting upwards of 6 years old, it is also giving me the most headaches of any car I have ever owned. (With the fear of being barred from this websight, I have always been a "Chevy girl" and I'm still not exactly thrilled my Ford) It had issues the first week I drove it off the dealership lot that they would not repair because they "couldn't get it to repeat the problem for them". It wouldn't allow me to place the fuel pump in the tank and set it to fill. I had to stand there and hold the nozzle or else it would it would click off then I would have to continuously pull the trigger over and over to fill a few cents of fuel at a time into the tank. They wanted me to drive to Orange every time I needed gas. Eventually it stopped doing it, but still does every once in a while. Does anyone else have that issue?
Since I now know that there are knowledgeable people here with valuable answers, I will be back with many more questions..lol This is just the beginning of some of the little things that wrong or just drive me crazy about this car.
Thanks again, will be back soon!
This is a common issue. There are lots of threads about it. The best thing is to try a different gas station or a different pump at the station you are at. Otherwise, feed in the gas at the lower speed of the pump and /or twist the nozzle to a different angle. It seems to happen in many states, but California may be the worst because of the pumps used here.

As you probably figured out already, you need to know about how many gallons it will take to fill the tank. If you don't do that you might have the pump shut off way too soon, and not continue messing with it until you have a full tank.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:01 PM   #11
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I've done lots of searches and found the only way to get them off is to use a gear puller/bettery terminal puller. Tried that and it's not working. Anyone have any tips/suggestions to getting these things off? Trying to get them to repaint.
Just replaced the cowl vent on my daughter's 06 Escape. To do that, I had to remove both wiper arms.

IF our mustangs are the same, I ended up using a ball joint separator/Tie-rod separator on the Escape. The fork is wide enough to allow the tool in-between the arm and the base. It is also wedge shaped which is what you will need to get the arms to pop loose. You will want to put a towel or something between the arm and the hood.

A couple of light taps with a rubber hammer will wedge the tool in and separate the wiper arm from the stud it's sitting on. It will just 'pop' off.

I found it easiest to pop them off with the wipers in the 'UP postion' and the hood open (this was on an Escape though)

IF the mustang is the same, the bolt where the arm mounts has a conical shoulder with grooves (grooves). These teeth along with the pressure from the wiper bolt and age make it very difficult to just 'pull' these off.

To put them back on, be sure the wipers are off and to the right. It is ok to the run the wipers with the arms fully removed.

I used a bit of air compressor oil to help the shoulders reseat properly and then torqued down to spec. DO NOT RUN THE WIPERS ARMS WITHOUT THE NUTS OR UNTIL THE NUTS ARE FULLY RETIGHTNENED. You will strip the grooves on the should of the arm and could render them junk.
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I had to use a puller on mine. What a bear! Put a little anti-seize on the hub before you put them back on. It will make things easier next time.
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This is a common issue. There are lots of threads about it. The best thing is to try a different gas station or a different pump at the station you are at. Otherwise, feed in the gas at the lower speed of the pump and /or twist the nozzle to a different angle. It seems to happen in many states, but California may be the worst because of the pumps used here.

As you probably figured out already, you need to know about how many gallons it will take to fill the tank. If you don't do that you might have the pump shut off way too soon, and not continue messing with it until you have a full tank.
Thanks, I wondered if anyone else had that problem.
I know that it has something to do with the pressure in the fuel tank. There a air hose to let it breath, same idea as the hole in a gas can as you pour, that for some reason, wasn't allowing the tank to "breath" and allow the petrol to run into the tank.
But that's all I know and it was never corrected and like I said, I still have this problem occasionally.
Also, I have noted that it doesn't seem to made a difference which pump I use, or which gas station I use. When the car was new, it was doing it consistently, so I was trying everything.
Lastly, you wouldn't happen to own a convertible would you? And know anything about this window issue would you? When you roll up the windows, they get to the top and automatically roll right back down. Drives me nuts!! There are instructions in the manual on how to fix the problem but its only a temporary fix and it does it again after using the windows a couple times. I'm not sure if it thinks there is a finger in there and its a sensor issue?
That's my next peeve I want to fix...
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..... Lastly, you wouldn't happen to own a convertible would you? And know anything about this window issue would you? When you roll up the windows, they get to the top and automatically roll right back down. Drives me nuts!! There are instructions in the manual on how to fix the problem but its only a temporary fix and it does it again after using the windows a couple times. I'm not sure if it thinks there is a finger in there and its a sensor issue?
That's my next peeve I want to fix...
You'll probably have to re-initialize the window system. It will take two people because you have to either disconnect the battery or pull the fuse WHILE THE WINDOW IS MOVING. Also, on the initialization sequence make sure you read note 1 regarding 'verts.

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@RedFire281 OMGosh...thank you so much! I search on here using all kinds of key words and couldn't find anything even close to what I was looking for! How do you find this stuff?
Do you own a shop in SB? You have been very helpful and seem to know a lot about these mysterious Mustang issues. I wish I knew someone like you near me so I could pick his brain...haha (I would prob drive him nuts) I love working on my own car tho, even if I do get in over my head sometimes.
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