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How To Install Replace Windshield Wiper Motor 1998-03 Ford Escort ZX2

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  1. step : Removing the Wiper Arms (0:57)
    • Open the hood
    • Pry off the wiper arm caps
    • Remove the 13mm nut from each wiper arm
    • Pull off the wiper arms
  2. step : Removing the Hood Cowl (1:35)
    • Close the hood
    • Pry the screw covers out of the hood cowl with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Remove the two Phillips head screws from the outside of the cowl
    • Remove the T15 Torx bolts from the cowl
    • Open the hood
    • Pull off the cowl
  3. step : Removing the Wiper Motor (2:42)
    • Pry the four plastic rivets out of the wiper motor cover with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pull off the wiper motor cover
    • Disconnect the negative battery cable with a 10mm socket and ratchet
    • Remove the three 10mm bolts from the wiper motor
    • Disconnect the wiper motor wiring harness
    • Pull off the wiper motor
    • Pry the wiper motor arm off of the wiper transmission with a flat blade screwdriver
  4. step : Preparing the Wiper Motor (5:10)
    • Pry the wiper motor arm off the motor with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Push the wiper motor arm onto the new motor pointed towards the round part of the motor
  5. step : Installing the Wiper Motor (6:11)
    • Put the wiper motor into place
    • Insert the three 10mm bolts into the wiper motor
    • Connect the wiper motor wiring harness
    • Clip the wiper motor arm onto the wiper transmission
    • Connect the negative battery cable with a 10mm socket and ratchet
    • Run the wipers to reset the motor
    • Put the wiper motor cover into place
  6. step : Installing the Hood Cowl (8:08)
    • Put the cowl into place
    • Close the hood
    • Insert the two Phillips screws into the cowl
    • Insert the T15 bolts into the cowl
    • Push the screw covers into the cowl
  7. step : Installing the Wiper Arms (8:46)
    • Push on the wiper arms
    • Fasten the two 13mm nuts onto the wiper arms
    • Push on the wiper arm covers
    • Close the hood

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In this video, we're going to show you how to replace the windshield wiper motor on this 2001 Ford Escort ZX2. This procedure should be pretty much the same for any 1998-2003 Escort. It's similar for other vehicles, although other vehicles, the way the wiper transmission connects to the wiper motor may be different. You'll need a new wiper motor from, ten and 13mm sockets, with ratchet and extension, small flat blade screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, a T15 Torx driver, and two large flat blade screwdrivers, if you do have to change over the wiper transmission arm. Again, these tools could be different if you're working on a different vehicle.

Take a flat blade screwdriver and pry off the cover of the passenger wiper arm, and you're going to find your 13mm nut. On the driver's side, take the cover off. We'll just speed up as we use a 13mm socket and ratchet to remove the two nuts that hold the wiper arms on. I'm taking off the passenger and driver-side wiper arms.

With the hood closed, you're going to see on the top of the cowl here one big, and then a bunch of small covers, and the same thing on the other side. I'm just going to pry this off with a little pocket screwdriver. You'll see a Phillips head screw on this. Then you'll see on the smaller ones, as I pry up here, Torx 15 screws.Okay, so I'm just going to speed up. Again, you use a Phillips screwdriver on the outer ones, and a T15 Torx driver for the other ones. The smaller covers can be difficult to get out. We used a very small screwdriver to pry them up, but one of them it seemed really didn't want to come out, but eventually it did. You may find that you break one or two of them, in getting them out. It's not the biggest deal in the world; they're not in a crucial part of the system. If you leave one off or two off when you put it back together, it won't affect anything. Now take the top of the cowl off; put it aside.

There are one, two, three, four plastic rivets. Those rivets actually come out; they're pretty straightforward. Work your screwdriver underneath the panel that the rivet holds in place. Pry up on the panel where the rivet is, and the rivet will pop up and out.

I'm disconnecting the negative battery terminal to make a little bit more room; it's a 10mm socket. Push that out of the way. Then we remove the three 10mm bolts that hold the wiper motor in place; there's two on top and one's on the bottom. You might need a 3 inch extension to get to that. I'm just going to speed up here as we remove those three bolts that hold the wiper motor to the firewall.

I'm removing the connector that goes to the wiper motor by pushing in the tab and pulling it off of the motor. With the flat-head screwdriver, I'm going to pull up on the clip. Now pry it off.

If you need to replace or transfer the transmission arm onto the new motor, what we do is take two screwdrivers. You see three hands there; I'm actually helping out as I'm holding the camera. The other thing you can do is mount your wiper motor into a vise. Just use the second screwdriver to kind of give yourself a good lever to pry on. If you pry up on each side, you'll eventually get the arm to start moving, and then you can grab it with your hand and pull it off.

Reinstall the arm. Just make sure you point the arm towards basically the round part of the motor. The lever that goes into the transmission is pointing up. Then tighten the bolt down, and you're all set.

To put the motor back in and feed the arm in through the hole. Put my bolts back in. Then I'll fast forward here, as we use a 10mm socket with a ratchet and the extension. Just make sure that you get those bolts started into their holes first. Push the wiper motor firmly into place, then push the bolt in and start turning it. Once you get it going and there's not a lot of resistance, make sure it's not cross-threaded, and then tighten them up.

Put your connector back on. Put the clip back on, sliding it in until it locks. Reconnect your battery. I'm going to run it, and set it at stop.

I'm going to put this piece, the cowl, back on. Now put the lower cowl panel in place. Then go to each side, just kind of lift it up and over the hinge and down into place. We'll fast forward here. Put the hood down. Your two Phillips screws go in the outside holes on each side of the windshield. Then the other T15 Torx screws go in the other holes. Then just put your little close-out or trim buttons back in place.

I'm reinstalling the wiper arms. We just put these in place. Set them to about the right level. What we did before when we ran the motor? That made sure that the motor was in the park position, so the wipers should be at their lowest level. Put them in place; thread the 13mm nuts on, and then tighten them up. Then put your trim covers back on

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Head Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket
  • 13mm Socket

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T15 Torx Driver

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