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#1 Old 07-11-2012, 09:09 AM
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How to get these stuck windshield wiper arms off?

Hello, and thanks for any help in advance.

I am having a major problem getting the windshield wiper arms off my truck. I have a Dakota 97 SLT, and they will just not move. I took off the cover, took the screw off, and the arm will not lift off. I have tried using heat, PBblaster, WD40, a light touch from a hammer, a windshield arm removal tool (AutoCrafts model), and nothing has even got it to budge. I dont want to just "muscle it" anymore than I am because I can see I am causing whatever holds all the parts for the windshield arms to work in place, stress. You can see the other arm move, when you move the other one.

Now something else I have noticed is, im not 100% sure but the windshield arm removal tool might not be working right. It might actually be grabbing something under the actual arm; but again im not 100% sure. So until I get some advice here, if I have time, I will try to trade that one back in.

I am open to anything you guys have to say about getting these things off, its getting rather ridiculous. I have tried many times with each of these things too. Its supposed to be a simple job.


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Posting pictures of the tool on the arm.

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The service manual says to use a battery terminal puller

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The service manual says to use a battery terminal puller
Really? Thats interesting, but that was the next thing I was going to use.

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Did you end up getting them off? I need to pull mine and repaint them.

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I havent had a chance to go to the auto store and switch out my arm removal tool for the battery terminal puller. I will let you know though how it goes when I do.

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That tool in pic IS set wrong. It's trying to pull from the stud shoulder and the tool needs to be pulling from the wiper arm. if it was a 1/4" wider for the opening, it looks like that tool would do the job.

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So basically what happened was I went to go trade that tool back in for the battery terminal puller as suggested here (and the manual apparently) and the person at the auto store (Advance Discount Auto Parts) was really eager, seemingly, to help me and he actually got them off.

Part of the problem was that they didnt have a battery terminal puller, and the guy kept asking me if these huge gear/pully pullers would work. I told him no, and I could tell he was a new guy; but some how he got them to work. They were huge, but some how he got them under the arms, and then put a screwdriver bit in the middle (the hole on the wiper arm mount) and used a wrench to tighten the puller, and I guess it was just a matter of brute force, and the puller.

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