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Old 03-08-2003, 07:17 PM
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wiper problem

So, after the snow here a in New York, one of my windshield wipers has stopped working. At first, we thought it was just the weight of the snow on the windshield. Unfortunately, even with out it, it still doesn't work. Driver's side is fine, passengers "tries" to go up each time, but only moves about a 1/4 of an inch. Interestingly, if I lift it off the windshield, it will rotate back and forth in the air without a problem.

So, gave it a bit of a push, cleaned it, oiled it, made sure it wasn't caught on something.. Nothing. I hate the idea of putting my car in the shop over such a thing.. Any suggestions? Can anyone help me save what's left of my bruised male ego?


82' 300D Turbo

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Old 03-08-2003, 07:21 PM
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Old Lyme, Connecticut
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It has been a while but I believe the wiper arm attaches to a splined stub shaft, and the connection is covered by the black trim part on the wiper arm. The trim piece pivots up to give you access to the splined connection. Sounds like yours has possibly unseated. I think the fix is to take it off altogether, clean up the splines, and then refit and retighten it.

Like I said it has been a while, but I am fairly certain yours is the same as my old 240D. Good luck, Jim
1986 Euro 190E 2.3-16 (291,000 miles),
1998 E300D TurboDiesel, 231,000 miles -purchased with 45,000,
1988 300E 5-speed 252,000 miles,
1983 240D 4-speed, purchased w/136,000, now with 222,000 miles.
2009 ML320CDI Bluetec, 89,000 miles

1971 220D (250,000 miles plus, sold to father-in-law),
1975 240D (245,000 miles - died of body rot),
1991 350SD (176,560 miles, weakest Benz I have owned),
1999 C230 Sport (45,400 miles),
1982 240D (321,000 miles, put to sleep)
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Old 03-09-2003, 10:39 PM
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I had mine off of my 85 300SD and they use a taper lock not a typical spline. Lift the black cap off the base of the wiper and check the bolt. It's probably loose. Hopefully you didn't strip it. One quick tip: NEVER use the windshield wipers on your car to remove any snow or ice. Take the time to clear all the snow off the windshield or you will burn out the motor or strip out the taper lock/spline. Not a good thing on the old Benz's.

Orland Park, IL
1985 300SD 215,000 miles
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