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2000 Saturn SL2, Windshield Wiper Motor Assembly Removal Replacement, 3-4hr job

1) First be sure the wipers are in the park position. Then flip up plastic covers over wiper arm nuts, remove nuts, flip wipers up vertical and remove wiper arms.

2) remove cowling grille under wipers that spans across bottom of windshield by removing 4 star torque bolts and about 5 plastic retainers. Some are accessed with hood down, some with hood up. To remove plastic retainers, first pop up round center post with a thin screwdriver to unlock retainer leaving the outer circular part in place, then pull out plastic retainer. Close hood and detach the windshield washer hose from the cowling, then lift cowling up over the antenna. Once cowling is removed you can see wiper motor assembly.

3) Remove top dashboard, by first removing 2 star torque bolts just above the glovebox, then just lift up firmly, starting above the glove box, to release multiple retainers, if you look under the dashboard you'll see the retainers, then just pull the whole dashboard forward, you'll see front clips that the front edge slides into, these are held by Velcro and come may come off.

4) Remove the large defrost duct by removing the 2 bolts on either side close to the windshield. Then get outside the car and look through the windshield to spot 2 plastic retaining clips on either side of the defrost duct - they are low and towards the back of the duct. Once you spot them, get back in and reach down to feel them and release them. Now slide the duct to towards the passenger side about 5 inches, that's all it will move, to access the 2 wiper motor retaining nuts that are just under the left side of the defrost duct near the windshield. They are covered with a thin sheet of sound insulation, just pull it down to see them and remove these 2 nuts.

5) Outside the car, remove the 2 bolts on either side of the wiper arm assembly. These are the main bolts that secure the assembly to the chassis.

6) Rotate the linkage arm on the enter shaft of the motor to re-position the connecting arms until you are able to remove the assembly.

7) Installation is the opposite.

NOTE: I replaced a 2000 SL2 factory assembly with a used 2001 SL coupe assembly that is sold as a compatible replacement but looked different - the motor and electrical connections were positioned differently, but the whole assembly fit and worked.

NOTE: When I turned the wipers on, I noticed a large white plastic connector on the dash near the windshield driver side inside the car moving - the wiper arm mechanism was hitting it. I removed the plastic clip as it was only holding some sound insulation.

NOTES: My problem was my wipers would not turn off, I had to turn off the car to get them to stop. This was intermittent at first but then it happened continuously. It may have been caused by turning the wipers on when they were frozen to the windshield. Don't do that if you have a Saturn!

I recently performed this task, and learned a lot! 1. Remove wiper arms, air cowl, antenna, etc. to expose wiper motor on engine side of firewall. 2. Remove top of dashboard. 3. Move defrost louver to one side, and access nuts against firewall on driver side, which hold wiper motor bracket to fire wall. 4. Remove wiper assembly...motor and transmission. 5. Move trasmission to new motor. 6. Re-install.

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