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From digest.v6.n822 Thu Jun 26 15:38:34 1997
From: "Jon R. Lewis" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jun 1997 12:01:30 -0500
Subject: <E30> Wiper Linkage - Reply

I just r&r this linkage - twice actually but i'll spare you the reason. Access is ONLY available through the engine bay. Removal of the blower motor and housing is a must. Its also a bit of a pita but not that bad. Allow 2-4 hours minimum the first time. The assembly is easiest to remove if the wiper motor is separated from the assembly while the whole thing is still bolted into the cowl. There are four (4) 10mm hex-head screws holding the cowl cover into place. The weather seal also helps hold the cover. Most service manuals detail the procedure. Contact me if you need any clarification.

If the linkage is "popping out" (as in up) then the assembly's metal press fitting may be disconnected. I think this is unlikely though. Alternatively, there is a circlip on the driver's side post which may have disconnected but this should not allow the post to pop up - rather the assembly would fall down. There is also a nut holding the post firmly to the cowl. This is on the outside of the car and it should be snug. I can't imagine how it may have been removed without also removing the wiper arm.

Coincidentally, I have sitting atop my monitor a print-out from the dealer parts software for the entire wiper arm assembly and motor. The circlip is NOT shown. The press fittings are not clear. The components of the assembly are clear however. If you need anything else, just ask.

Jon Lewis

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