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How to Replace Wiper Motor 09-19 Ford Fiesta

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How to Replace Wiper Motor 09-19 Ford Fiesta

Created on: 2021-01-16

How to replace the wiper motor on 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 Ford Fiesta

  1. step 1 :Removing the Wiper Arms
    • Pry up the wiper arm caps with a trim tool
    • Remove the wiper arm bolts with a 15mm wrench
    • Lift the wiper arm up
    • Rock the wiper arm free and remove it
    • Repeat this process for the other side
  2. step 2 :Removing the Cowl Panel
    • Pry off the six clips from the cowl panel with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Pop off the rubber seal on the windshield from the cowl panel
    • Lift the cowl panel up and off
  3. step 3 :Removing the Windshield Wiper Transmission
    • Remove the center bolts with a 10mm socket and ratchet
    • Remove the two side bolts with an 8mm socket and ratchet
    • Disconnect the hose from the hose clip on the shroud
    • Remove the 10mm mounting bolts the shroud
    • Remove the three T30 screws from the headlight
    • Pry up and remove the body clip with a trim tool
    • Slide the headlight assembly forward
    • Remove the 10mm bolts from the side of the shroud
    • Lift the shroud up and out
    • Slide the windshield wiper transmission forward
    • Disconnect the electrical connector
    • Remove the windshield wiper transmission
  4. step 4 :Removing the Wiper Motor
    • Hold the regulator arm with a wrench
    • Remove the 13mm bolt from the wiper motor
    • Pry up and move the transmission arm to the side
    • Remove the three T30 Torx bolts from the wiper motor
  5. step 5 :Installing the Wiper Motor
    • Attach the wiper motor to the wiper transmission
    • Tighten the three T30 Torx bolts to the wiper motor
    • Attach the wiper arm to the wiper motor
    • Hold the regulator arm with a wrench
    • Tighten the 13mm bolt to the wiper motor
  6. step 6 :Installing the Windshield Wiper Transmission
    • Connect the windshield wiper transmission electrical connector
    • Insert the windshield wiper transmission into place, connecting the rubber bushing on the transmission to the guide on the vehicle
    • Insert the lower shroud into place
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts to the side of the shroud
    • Tighten the 10mm bolts beneath the shroud
    • Tighten the two 8mm bolts to the outer end of the wiper transmission
    • Tighten the 10mm bolt to the center of the wiper transmission
    • Insert the headlight into place
    • Press in the body clip to the headlight
    • Tighten the T30 Torx bolts to the headlight
    • Connect the hose to the hose bracket on the shroud
  7. step 7 :Installing the Cowl Panel
    • Insert the cowl panel into place
    • Pop on the rubber seal on the windshield to the cowl panel
    • Clip on the six clips to the cowl panel
  8. step 8 :Installing the Wiper Arms
    • Insert the wiper arms into place
    • Tighten the 15mm bolts to the wiper arms
    • Press on the wiper arm cover

Tools needed for replacement

  • Ratchets & Related

    Socket Extensions


  • Sockets - Metric

    8mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

    T30 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

    15mm Wrench

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Sue here from 1A Auto, and today I have a 2011 Ford Fiesta in the shop, and I'm going to show you how to remove the wiper motor. If you need any parts for your car, click on the link below and head on over to

Take off the plastic mounting covers to the wiper arm nuts. Set those aside. 15 millimeter wrench, I like to hold onto the wiper arm and bring that right out. Break both of 'em free, they're both 15 millimeter wrench or socket. Now to get the wiper arm off the regulator. Bring the arm up. Now you have the leverage point. You can rock this back and forth and pull up at the same time. There we go. You might have to shut the hood to get the passenger 'cause I can't bring the arm up. Just bring the hood down, and do the same thing.

Now, there is six of these clips that go straight across, then you gotta remove those. I just take a flat head screwdriver or pry bar and just bring back towards you. Up on the top here, where it meets the windshield, the rubber seal that comes down, it just basically pops in there, so you just need to grab the seal itself and it's got a little rubber hook on it, you're going to lift that up on both sides. Now you can lift your top of your cover right up. It's going to have the windshield seal, take that off. There we go.

For the regulator, there are three mounting bolts--there is one in the center and two on each side. The center one is a 10 millimeter socket, and the two outers are an eight millimeter, back that right off. Then I'm going to take an eight millimeter and take these off.

To take the bottom shroud off, we're going to disconnect the little clip here. Push that hose out of the way. Now there's two mounting bolts. Now that my wiper regulator is floating around, there's one there, 10 millimeter head socket and then one on the other side. We're going to break these free. There's another mounting bolt that I just found underneath here, so we gotta loosen up, take the actual bolts for the headlamp out assembly, and just slide it forward so we can get to that. T-30 Torx bit to take the three mounting screws out. Remove this one plastic body clip--pull up on it, take the bottom part out. Then you grab the actual headlight assembly and slide it forward. You got a bottle pin of plastic clip in here. There we go.

Now we can access this 10 millimeter socket. We did the same to the other side, and now we can lift this bottom shroud out. Get it right out of the way. You can grab the actual wiper regulator, slide it forward, flip it around and you get to the electrical connector. I'll just put that right in there. Hear that click? Slide that out.

13 millimeter socket and I'm going to break the wiper motor nut free from the arms. I think we can do this without a vise. Nope. You don't want this regulator to move, you want to try to keep it as steady as possible. We want to take a one inch wrench, you could use a pair of locking pliers, something, you just want to hold that regulator arm, while you break this mounting nut free.

I'm going to take a hammer and I'm just going to tap it free. See if I can get a pry up on it. There we go. Move that arm aside. Now, I've got three mounting bolts for that motor and it's a T-30, so I'm going to use a socket. Break that free. You're going to take all three mounting bolts out; T-30. Once you've got those out of the way, just grab the actual regulator and the motor comes right off.

Now just reverse procedure to mount it. Make sure that arm's out of the way. Can only be mounted one way. The three cut-out holes are symmetrically placed properly. Hand start all three of these. Make sure they're centered properly. Don't cross-thread. Pretty easy when it's aluminum. Cross-threading is pretty common. T-30--snug 'em down. If you have a vise at home, you can use it to hold this steadier, but just pay attention that this is aluminum, so make sure that you don't crank on it too hard, 'cause you could crack it. That would be an unfortunate event.

Now I'm just going to take my socket and really tighten these down. Now we can put our arm back on and it's in the same location, which is the way you want it, as it was when I took it off. Put the nut back on; 13 millimeter socket, snug it down. I was fortunate enough to have a one inch wrench and that's about the size of the cutout. Doesn't have to be to-to tight, it's got the splines on the motor, but I just want to make sure it's not going to come off. There we go.

Now, we're ready to take my connector and reconnect it to the wiper motor. Want to line up the tab; the lock tab with the tab on the motor. Squeeze it 'til you hear it click. Now I can place that right back down inside. There's a rubber bushing right here, and if you look back in there, there's a rubber guide right there for the rubber bushing right there. You want to make sure you place that right in that position. I can't see. There we go. Kinda got it, right there.

Now we're going to install the bottom shroud. It's going to go underneath the wiper regulator and motor, that's why I didn't bolt that down yet. Get that mirror out. Those holes are all lined up. I'm going to go check the other side. Yep, pretty much fell right in place. Nice. There are clips underneath here--you can see them--they go right on the pinch rail. The screw that goes underneath the headlamp. I'll put that one in first. Start that by hand, then I'm going to go over to the other side. Put the exact same one in. Then you have two on the same side, one here and one over under the wiper motor. Now we can tighten these all up.

Mount the wiper regulator, two short ones go on the outer and the larger one goes right in the center. Eight millimeter socket, going to snug up the two outer mounting bolts. Then get my 10 millimeter and put the center one in. Now we're going to put the headlamp assemblies in and this rib right here as to go under the front bumper cover, just like that. Make sure you put this tab in the back of the ear of the assembly, right in that square hole. Line everything up. These have three bolts with a T-30 head to 'em. I'm going to put the tab right in and line up the cutout and push it down. going to repeat this process on the other side to put that lamp together.

Now it's time to put the vent shroud on. Just basically line it up. Let's put this hose on before we forget, and by we, I mean me. On the edges, you line that rubber piece up. It's got that tab right here that's going to fall right into there, just push it down. Do the same to the other side. Now we're going to put in those six metal clips that go across, and they simply just have little teeth that grab 'em, so make sure your plastic's together, lined up right and just push it on with your thumb.

Now that all the shroud is together, we're going to close the hood and put the wiper arms back on. Put the passenger on first. Basically, you're going to line that up, let that fall down, right where the actual, nice little dirt line is. Right there. I'm going to put the nut on the regulator. I reopened the hood to put the driver's one on. I guess if I was thinking it through, I would have put the driver's one on before I closed the hood. Make sure it's parallel with the bottom of the glass and put the nut on. 10 millimeter socket or wrench.

I like to grab the wiper arm and hold it flat, and you just want this to be enough tension to snug it down. The window wiper regulators, they can strip very easily, so don't use an air tool and just pay a little mind to the strength that you're going to use. Now, we're going to put the caps on. I'll close the hood and I'm going to try it out and make sure that everything works.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 8mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

  • Star Drivers & Sockets

  • T30 Driver

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 15mm Wrench

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