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Dodge Ram van Winshiels Wiper repair #737266
June 13th 2018 4:22 pm
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Hey there! I have a 1986 Dodge Ram Van and it's wondshield wipers broke and are stuck in the up position. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on where to begin with repairs. I've done a little bit of work on the van in the past but it's all new for me.

Re: Dodge Ram van Winshiels Wiper repair [Re: VaninGirl86] #737292
June 14th 2018 9:33 am
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Hey VanninGirl,

Far more Vanners on here more knowledgeable than me, lol...

Just did mine on the '88 B250. if the linkage fell apart, it will be flopping around under the cowl. A few other things might be going on, such as: If the motor is inop:

Check to see if a fuse is blown. Fusebox is in the glovebox. Pay attention to those antique glass fuses for corrosion. I have never seen a wiper motor fail, but:. Make sure you have 12 volts at the motor when the switch is on. You should have continuity through the wiper switch when on. If you have power when on at the motor, that shows the switch is good.


If the failure is mechanical, in the wiper linkage under the cowl, you can easily fix it. No worries. A plastic bushing in the linkage will break, then the linkage rods will fall out. These can be replaced. Raise the hood, remove the wiper arms, kinda tricky, examine the arm, it only comes off one way. Unscrew and remove the cowl. Remove and replace ALL the wiper bushings, if broken. Reassemble, setting the wipers in the off position.

A Factory service manual for these Old Girls really helps. Good Wrenching!!


Re: Dodge Ram van Winshiels Wiper repair [Re: VaninGirl86] #737302
June 14th 2018 1:01 pm
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Thanks for reminding me of a thing I still need to fix. One of my bushings on the linkage crumbled to dust a couple of months ago, driving back from Yosemite in a rain/hail storm. Basically I put a band aid on it with a homemade crush washer so both arms would move instead of just the driver's side.

I just looked on rockauto.com and they seem to have most of the parts available, once you find out what exactly is wrong with yours you might check there.

Re: Dodge Ram van Winshiels Wiper repair [Re: VaninGirl86] #737305
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Thank you so much! I'm going to do my investigative work this weekend. I'll keep posted how it goes. Thanks for the help!


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