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  • avanti windshield wipers stuck

    Just had new blades installed. Today was the 1st.time in the 30yrs.
    that I have owned the car I had to use them.They went to 90"& stopped
    there.I can't get them back to park position.Help!!!!
    Thanks, JNP

  • #2
    Most likely one or both of the wiper pivots are frozen. I would remove the cowl grilles & remove the pivots from the cowl, soak them by themselves in diesel fuel, then work them free. you may at the same time loosen the arms from the back of the wiper motor & make sure all their pivots are free & excersize the motor with no load on it, making sure its operating properly. Perhaps, removing a battery cable & then removing the arm assembly from the back of the wiper motor, then reconnecting the motor to see if it returns to the park position & go from there.

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    • #3
      thanks warren,I.m on it 2/morrow


      • #4
        Getting to the arms on the back of the motor is not an easy task on an Avanti. Is the motor trying to get the wipers to return, if so then maybe something is frozen. But if the motor is not working to return the wipers to the down position I would start looking elsewhere.

        I would think checking power to the motor would be first, Then checking that the ground is intact. The wiper motor is powered all the time and the switch turns the ground on or off. That enables the wipers to have power for returning to park after you switch them off.

        Things are pretty tight under the dash and some loose insulation or misplaced wires can catch on the linkage and lock things up.


        • #5
          My best solution to those lame Avanti wipers is to not drive an Avanti
          in the rain.


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          • #6
            First, turn on the power and try tapping on the motor with a hammer. Many times it's just a sticky brush or dirty spot on the armature.

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            • #7
              If it has a fuse I think i would check it first.