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Ok, so the wipers on my 78 don't return below the hood when turned off, and will just stop wherever they happen to be. I have to time it so they stop at the bottom when I turn them off. I figure it's one or both of the switch and the motor. Which is the most likely culprit? I figure the switch needs replacing anyway, since the intermittent function typically misbehaves, but I'm more concerned with the above mentioned issue.

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That would seem to go along with some of what I've heard, that it's the wiper motor. Just never got any reasoning behind why, so it didn't make sense. Now I get it. I'll try the motor first, as soon as I find out how to replace it. Have a shoo manual on hand, with any luck it'll have what I need.

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Ok, the shop manual I have sucks, and the info isn't very good. My attempts to locate a proper write-up or video haven't yielded anything useful. Does anyone know of some info on how to properly replace one of these wiper motors?

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I know I'm resurrecting a thread as a zombie here...

But I finally got around to buying a wiper motor. And now I can't get the old motor out. What am I missing?
 

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Is it in the engine bay extending through the firewall?
 

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Yup, just mounted to the firewall on the driver side, exposed in the engine bay, mounted with three bolts along with mounting insulators for each bolt.
 

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Not sure how it is on your car, but on my truck, the motor comes out in the engine bay, but yo have to get the linkage disconnected in the dash first. That part, I'm not sure, been a long time since I looked at it.
 

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I would remove the wiper arms and all the shit roundabout them to see if the bulkhead panel and grill can be removed to get at linkage . This link is supposed to cover your car but seems different .You might get some hints from it ,


 

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Ok, so the plastic grills pop out, and I was able to get a light and camera in there to see this clip on what appears to be the motor. From my previous removal attempt, I'm pretty sure the arm held on with this clip is what I saw preventing the motor from coming out completely.

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Well, I got it all replaced, but I'm waiting on a new retaining clip for the linkage. When trying to remove it, it launched off into the fender. On a separate note, it appears that I made an error in reassembly as the wipers pause in the UP position when using intermittent mode. And on a disappointing note, the wipers still don't park when turned off, just stop where they are. At least intermittent works now.
 

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I would remove the wiper arms and all the shit roundabout them to see if the bulkhead panel and grill can be removed to get at linkage . This link is supposed to cover your car but seems different .You might get some hints from it ,


Yeah, that link covers a Toyota Highlander, not a '78 Ford LTD. Not quite similar enough.
 

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Yeah, that link covers a Toyota Highlander, not a '78 Ford LTD. Not quite similar enough.
I did say , and it is listed as covering both cars by AutoZone

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This link is supposed to cover your car but seems different .You might get some hints from it "




1978 Ford LTD II Windshield Wiper System Repair Guide
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Wiper Motor


When they stop is it not possible to reposition the wipers / linkage in parked position without it affecting the sweep of wipers ?
 
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