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How to Replace Rear Wiper Motor 00-14 Chevrolet Suburban

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How to Replace Rear Wiper Motor 00-14 Chevrolet Suburban

Created on: 2018-05-23

How to repair, install, fix, change or replace a broken,damaged, or failing rear windshield wiper motor on an 09 Chevrolet Suburban.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Tailgate Trim
    • Turn the automatic lift gate off
    • Open the lift gate
    • Remove the T30 Torx screw from the trim panel
    • Pry the upper trim panel loose
    • Close the tailgate
    • Open the tailgate glass
    • Remove the two plastic clips from the tailgate glass latch panel
    • Close the glass
    • Open the tailgate
    • Pop out the lower tailgate panel clips
    • Lower the tailgate partially
    • Open the tailgate glass
    • Pull the trim off the tailgate
    • Disconnect the tailgate switch wiring harness
  2. step 2 :Removing the Rear Wiper Arm
    • Remove the four 10mm nuts from the hatch
    • Pull the cover off the wiper arm stud
    • Remove the 13mm nut from the wiper arm stud
    • Attach a wiper arm puller to the wiper arm
    • Turn the puller with a 19mm socket and ratchet to release the wiper arm from the stud
    • Pull the wiper arm off the stud
    • Disconnect the washer fluid line
  3. step 3 :Removing the Rear Wiper Motor
    • Disconnect the electrical connector
    • Hold the nut with a 10mm wrench and loosen the screw with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pry the wires from the hatch with a trim tool
    • Remove the wiper motor
  4. step 4 :Installing the Rear Wiper Motor
    • Insert the wiper motor into place
    • Tighten the bolts to the motor with a 10mm wrench and flat blade screwdriver
    • Connect the electrical connector
  5. step 5 :Installing the Rear Wiper Arm
    • Slide the wiper arm onto the stud
    • Connect the washer fluid line
    • Fasten the 13mm nut onto the wiper arm stud
    • Push the cover onto the stud
    • Test that the rear wiper works
  6. step 6 :Installing the Tailgate Trim
    • Lift the tailgate panel into place
    • Feed the switch wiring harness through the panel
    • Push the tailgate panel clips into place
    • Push on the upper tailgate panel
    • Connect the tailgate switch
    • Insert the T30 screw into the tailgate panel
    • Close the tailgate
    • Open the glass
    • Push the two plastic clips into the tailgate glass latch panel

Tools needed for replacement

  • Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

    Channel-Lock Pliers

    Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    13mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

    10mm Wrench

Installation Video
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Hi, I’m Mike from 1A Auto. We’ve been selling auto parts for over 30 years!

In this video we will be removing and reinstalling the rear wiper motor in a 2009 Chevy Suburban. If you need parts for your vehicle, click the link in the description and head over to

We're going to open the lift gate. We're going to switch our automatic lift gate off. We're going to take this handle off. We're going to use a T-30 and an extension. Get that off. Next we're going to use one of our trim panel tools. We sell these at

Slide it in. Peel it back. We're going to pull that down. Going to pull this one down. We just need to pull the edges out to gain access to this. Before I pull it out, I'm going to pop this. I want to pop this rear glass. We're going to use this button on the key fob. Hold it down. This rear glass will pop up.

I got to take these two push pins in and out. Just push down on them. Release and pull them out. Pull those out. We don't want this to close all the way. We're going to pull this up a little bit. Pry down on this, and we can push this up and out of the way. For this switch, there's a little clip. We're going to pull that up. Pop that switch off. With a 10 millimeter socket, an extension, and a ratchet. There's a nut here, there's a nut underneath the wiper motor, there's a nut here, and there's a nut right there.

We'll take these two nuts out first, and we'll get the wiper motor out after. We're going to pull this cover off. You just pull up on the backside, and then you're going to grab and separate. Then it will pull out. There's two tabs right there. 13 millimeter socket and a ratchet, we'll take this nut off. We can use this tool, we sell this at With a 19 millimeter socket and a ratchet we'll release the wiper arm. Pull that off. We can pull this for the washer fluid, just pull it straight out. We're going to have to pull this off. If you have a wrench that's big enough, you can use that. If not, just channel locks will work—channel locking pliers. Once you get it loose, you can do it by hand. It's just plastic so be careful. And we'll pull that garment off.

Now we're going to disconnect the electrical connector. We're going to use a flat blade tool. We can just push in and disconnect it. We used a flat blade tool right there and then pull down. For this, we're going to use a 10 millimeter wrench and a flat blade tool. That's fairly small. You’re going to have to hold the nut while you turn the stud in the middle because there's nothing that holds the stud on the inside. Once you get it low enough, you can grab in the back and then twist the nut off. Do the same to the other side.

Now, when you're taking this last one out make sure you hold the motor so it doesn't fall and hit you in the head. Now we can pull it out of our way. This wire is kind of tight right here, so we're going to pull that harness down a little bit. Use a trim tool on here, pull that, and pull down the wiper motor.

Install this window wiper motor. Line this up like that. Take our 10 millimeter nut, get that started, and get the other one started. I'm going use the socket and the extension, and just snug it up. Hold it from the backside for a little bit until it stops turning. Snug those up and put our electrical connector in.

We want to line this up a little bit. If you have to, loosen those nuts up a little more so that we can get this good. There's a little tab right here that's going to go down to there. Put that in there, and then we're going to take our plastic nut and thread that on. Take our channel lock pliers, and we don't have to get this too tight just a little bit. That's good like that. It's a good idea just to turn the key on and cycle the rear wiper, and then get it to stop and then turn the key off so that you know that it's timed right, because otherwise if you put your wiper arm on and it's not in sync with time then your wiper could be in the wrong spot at the wrong time. Now we shut the key off.

When it went back to the stop position, we know it's in the right time, so we will put our arm back on. Take our washer fluid feed. Plug that in. Make sure it goes around the arm this way. And then put our nut back on using our 13 millimeter socket and a ratchet. We'll snug that down. Install our guard back on. Just push it straight on.

Now, we're going to test it and make sure it works. We want to slide this over up top first, sliding these parts underneath up here, just like that. Before we push those push pads in, we're going to line some of these push rivets. Get those in. We need to remember there's an electrical connector right here. Hook that up for your switch.

With these plastic type rivets that we pulled out before, you want to get it set up like this so you're going to push on this to get it so it's popped through like that. When we get these in the hole, and you're just going to push down and make it flush. And that's good. We can close this.

We're going to line these up. Push that up. Over here, line these up. That's all lined up. Now, we're going to install this bolt. It's a T-30 torx. Tighten it up. Just snug it up. We're going to turn on our automatic lift gate. Now, we're going to test our lift gate close button and it latches good. Now, we're going to open it. Just push the button.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Pliers, Cutters & misc Wrenches

  • Channel-Lock Pliers
  • Needle nose pliers

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 13mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 10mm Wrench

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