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As you would suspect there a mountain of trouble service bulletins on the vehicle. but only one recall and thats on an onstar module.
Resale wont be to good as they dont make olds anymore.
I have an olds mini van and it has had several issues its self.
I would watch out for the brake job guy he sounds kinda crooked. If you want to try changing your brakes your self when they get low, maybe try doing it your self with a simple JA question for directions on how to. 50 bucks or less pads and The cost of a JA question is alot better than a 1000. Let us know If there is anything you would like to fix your self.
Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX my question dealt more with the wipers not "parking" in the proper position. I know that I was taken on the brake job...Wisconsin tags in Florida....
Any ideas on fixing the wipers?
I also found that the Inrtigue had an issue with the steering...recall #09E005000, dealing with Dorman. Might be after-market welds on steering shaft.
Thanx, but I need to know about the wipers.
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I see that Dan is offline and you are waiting. Do the wipers part in the straight up position? If this is the tab on the support plate that wiper motor bolts to. This tab is there to catch a lever on the reversing mechanism in the crank arm and is supposed to pull the wipers down. If that tab is worn down, it will not catch the lever the wires park in the up position because the reversing mechanism has not been engaged. Ideally you should replace the plate, but you can bend that tab slightly to catch the lever once again.
Pics or diagrams would sure help. This question was already answered by tech Tim West, but would still require more research on my part, such as the GM repair manual.
I am ready to trash this vehicle, or at the least shove it up Obama Motors collective butt. Wipers that park in the line of vision should certainly warrant a safety re-call. I had this fixed once. Never have I had a vehicle have this problem. Even when I had a 62 Rambler.....it would stall on RR tracks, but at least the wipers worked so you could see the train bearing down on you!
I need more info if I am to proceed with this repair myself, or turn it over to a garage.
I am a retired power plant mechanic so I have the time to do it, but I need to know if it is worth it, or if the next snow storm will screw this poor system up again.
Tightening Tighten three screws to 7 N·m (62 lb in).
Notice: Use the correct fastener in the correct location. Replacement fasteners must be the correct part number for that application. Fasteners requiring replacement or fasteners requiring the use of thread locking compound or sealant are identified in the service procedure. Do not use paints, lubricants, or corrosion inhibitors on fasteners or fastener joint surfaces unless specified. These coatings affect fastener torque and joint clamping force and may damage the fastener. Use the correct tightening sequence and specifications when installing fasteners in order to avoid damage to parts and systems.
Tighten Tighten the screw to 16 N·m (142 lb in).
Oh, and I am from north of the 49th.
Here is the bulletin.
02-08-43-002: Windshield Wipers Park in Outwipe Position (Install Wiper Motor Crank Arm and Wiper Motor Bracket Service Kit) - (May 22, 2002)
Some customers may comment that the windshield wipers park in the outwipe (vertical) position.
This condition may be caused by a bent park tab on the windshield wiper motor bracket.
To correct this condition, install a new windshield wiper motor crank arm and a windshield wiper motor bracket service kit. Use the following service procedure:
Arm, Windshield Wiper Motor Crank
Windshield Wiper Motor Bracket Service Kit