Chevy impala wipers not working

Chevy impala wipers not working

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Johnny

Chicago, IL

#1 Dec 1, 2006
have a 2002 Chevy Impala and its windshield wipers stay in the up position:

It happens when the ignition is turned on. When the ignition is cut off the wipers stay locked in the up position.

Any ideas why would be appreciated
Bob

Ames, IA

#2 Dec 9, 2006
I am having the exact same problem in a 2001. tried disconnecting the battery for 5 minutes, pushing them back down, nothing seems to work and I have no idea what's wrong. Can't seem to find any information about it.
Johnny

Chicago, IL

#3 Dec 14, 2006
Johnny wrote:
have a 2002 Chevy Impala and its windshield wipers stay in the up position:
It happens when the ignition is turned on. When the ignition is cut off the wipers stay locked in the up position.
Any ideas why would be appreciated
For both of you guys i have the same problem...you guys need a new wiper transmission, i am looking for one right now hopefully i can get my hands on a used one and have it installed by a mechanic. Now i warn you its an expensive repair because the labor is difficult.
Karan

Oneida, NY

#4 Feb 17, 2007
Johnny wrote:
<quoted text> For both of you guys i have the same problem...you guys need a new wiper transmission, i am looking for one right now hopefully i can get my hands on a used one and have it installed by a mechanic. Now i warn you its an expensive repair because the labor is difficult.
Guys i have Impala 2005 model. Just today only i got this problem fixed. I stood right next to the GM dealer mechanic to see what exactly is the problem and how to fix it. My car was still under warranty, but there is not doubt if i had to pay for it, the cost would have been minimum $300.00 job.

You guys can get new transmission from GM also. It costs about $150.00. It is not at all difficult to replace. you remover both the wiper arms, than the plastic coverings inder it. Make sure to remover the windshield washer lines also. After removing the plastic covering you will see another small piece of plastic cover. It is snap off cover, just remove it and than remove one screw on the transmission. Take the transmission out and put the other one. The whole process does not take more than 30 minutes to finish provided you have the right tools.

One more thing all this problem comes, if there is ice on the wind shield that jams the wiper when tuned on for the first time. Ice obstructs the movement on the wiper and the motor forces it to move. This causes the transmission to get damaged.

My advice to everyone make sure before turning the wipers on first time after freezing rain or too much snow move the wipers by hand. lift them and scrape off all the ice than drop them on wind shield. than turn the wipers on and use lot of wind shield washer.
william klock

Junction City, KS

#5 Feb 27, 2007
Karan wrote:
<quoted text>
Guys i have Impala 2005 model. Just today only i got this problem fixed. I stood right next to the GM dealer mechanic to see what exactly is the problem and how to fix it. My car was still under warranty, but there is not doubt if i had to pay for it, the cost would have been minimum $300.00 job.
You guys can get new transmission from GM also. It costs about $150.00. It is not at all difficult to replace. you remover both the wiper arms, than the plastic coverings inder it. Make sure to remover the windshield washer lines also. After removing the plastic covering you will see another small piece of plastic cover. It is snap off cover, just remove it and than remove one screw on the transmission. Take the transmission out and put the other one. The whole process does not take more than 30 minutes to finish provided you have the right tools.
One more thing all this problem comes, if there is ice on the wind shield that jams the wiper when tuned on for the first time. Ice obstructs the movement on the wiper and the motor forces it to move. This causes the transmission to get damaged.
My advice to everyone make sure before turning the wipers on first time after freezing rain or too much snow move the wipers by hand. lift them and scrape off all the ice than drop them on wind shield. than turn the wipers on and use lot of wind shield washer.
when you speak of the transmission are you talking about the wiper motor assembly or is this a different part?
thanks
billy
Karan

Canada

#6 Mar 8, 2007
william klock wrote:
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when you speak of the transmission are you talking about the wiper motor assembly or is this a different part?
thanks
billy
NO this is not wiper motor assembly. it is a very small part triangular in shape. This is the main components that brings the wipers back in the parked stage when turned off. This part is uder the driver side wiper.
This gets bent due to ice/snow built up ( according to GM Techs.) though i have never heard or ever had such kind of problem with any of my other cars not even with my other GM Buick Regal also.
william klock

Junction City, KS

#7 Mar 12, 2007
Karan wrote:
<quoted text>
NO this is not wiper motor assembly. it is a very small part triangular in shape. This is the main components that brings the wipers back in the parked stage when turned off. This part is uder the driver side wiper.
This gets bent due to ice/snow built up ( according to GM Techs.) though i have never heard or ever had such kind of problem with any of my other cars not even with my other GM Buick Regal also.
Okey I replaced the transmission, and now it works except if I go to intermittant the wiper sticks in the up position, is it in my motor or did I not time the wipers right?
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Adana, Turkey

#8 Jun 24, 2007
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Shelley M

Framingham, MA

#11 Jul 19, 2007
I recently acquired a 2004 Impala, approx. 32,000 mi. I, too, am having a wiper problem, but it's different from other probs. I've seen... and I've checked several forums. MY problem is, when my wipers are on, the driver's side one goes REAL far off to the left, and has even flung right off the windshield... happened recently while doing 65mph at night! Talk about scared to death! What causes the wiper arem to go too far over? Everything else works fine with them, so I'm not thinking this is a wiper motor problem, but who knows!
Thanks in advance!
Shelley in Westfield, MA
davidw

Dearborn, MI

#12 Oct 1, 2007
CAN ANYONE ADVISE ME HOW TO GET TO THE WIPER ARMS ON A 2004 IMPALA
Dawn K

AOL

#13 Nov 12, 2007
I own a 2002 Impala had it for 3 years and my wipers stay in the up position too. I have had it fixed already and within 4 months it needed to be fixed again. It really makes me upset especially when I see another Impala or Chevy going down the road with the same problem. I think it's time for a recall!!!
Biggest Utah Jazz Fan

Salt Lake City, UT

#14 Dec 22, 2007
Man I agree, my 01 Impala is also having the same damn wiper problem, lets start a nation wide recal. $300 is way too much than to pay the same 4 months later.
Michigan Winter

Jackson, MI

#15 Dec 30, 2007
Add another Impala to the list; my 2004 has the wiper blades standing straight up the windshield also. Ice build up on the windshield- seems like a common scenario that GM could have made an inexpensive fail safe for.
While I'm on it, as a Dodge fan, I had a Dakota that would clear 6" of snow, covered in frozen rain, and never broke anything but a wiper blade.
Another Michigan Casualty

Kalamazoo, MI

#16 Dec 31, 2007
Add another 2002 Impala to the list!
richie aka ferrari

San Angelo, TX

#17 Jan 5, 2008
Add yet another 2001 impala to the list.
kim

Lake Dallas, TX

#18 Jan 6, 2008
My 02 had the same problem when less than a year old. Wipers stopped in up position and would not work at all. Husband didn't take to shop until warranty was expired...duh!!! Was told it was $450 to repair. I went without wipers for nearly 3 years...too many odd things happened that allowed me to pass inspection! Once, when I went to get another estimate, just the guy messing around with them caused them to work for about a month, which was during the time for inspection. Got car inspected, about 10 days later, they quit again. Anyway, the next year, before inspection, I found a mechanic who said only thing he saw was some plastic washer was busted. He "made" me one, put it on and didn't charge me a penny! They "park" a little high on the windshield, but hey, they work and it didn't cost me anything! I agree, too many people having trouble...Chevy ought to do a recall and fix them!
02 in Kalamazoo

Kalamazoo, MI

#19 Jan 11, 2008
Mine are up too! I had it fixed twice before. I THINK GM NEEDS TO MAKE THIS RIGHT!!!!!
ryan

Washington, DC

#20 Jan 17, 2008
add another 2002 to the list. 02 has got to be the worst year for the impala

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