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    josney is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
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    Re: Wiper motor has own mind 2004 CTS

    i wouldnt think he would get ticked off.

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    bobat is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Wiper motor has own mind 2004 CTS

    Thanks to the contributors who detailed the instructions for fixing this issue. My '06 CTS wipers wouldn't stop unless I shut down the car and let it sit for a couple of minutes.

    I ordered the control module (wiper cover kit, part #88958172 - an updated version of the original part #88958118) from GMPartsGiant.com for $67 + shipping. This part retails at the dealer for $113.90. Replacement was pretty straightforward as mentioned by others.

    A couple of points: Be sure to pull the wiper arms away from the windshield slightly by bending near the base while removing them. It makes it a lot easier by relieving that lateral tension. Also, removing the plastic debris shield on the passenger side first (or at least pulling the first two or three screws nearest the center of the car) makes it a lot easier to remove the one on the drivers side.

    There's a YouTube video of a guy pulling the wiper motor on an '03 that is a pretty good overview- search for "cts wiper motor removal." However, be aware that you don't have to remove the motor from the frame and linkage assembly after you pull it. Just turn the assembly over and remove/replace the cover by pulling the four T20 Torx screws.

    The whole process took about three beers.

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    Re: Wiper motor has own mind 2004 CTS

    reviving old thread, but i am having hell getting the wiper arms off. anyone get any other tricks to get them loose? ive tried wiggling, jimmying, prying, side to side, everything and i cant get them to freaking budge! how much force can these arms take?

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    jran0823 is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
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    There is a special tool made for pulling wiper arms. I don't know if auto part stores carry them, got mine from Matco.

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    jeff.v is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Wiper motor has own mind 2004 CTS

    Apologies if I step on toes with this being an old post (as mine is doing this very same thing), I found it on Advanced Auto Parts website. They are the most reputable parts store in my area and have the employees with actual knowledge rather than looking off a computer screen for an idea. Very helpful for me when I don't know jack! I am only hoping for good weather as much truck is not running at the moment and I have the fuse out of the car so I can still drive it without it driving me bonkers!


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    ziggie is offline Cadillac Owners Fanatic
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    Re: Wiper motor has own mind 2004 CTS

    Quote Originally Posted by ziggie View Post
    My 03 had a habit of continuing to run--- once turned on to any speed, then "Later" the only way it would run is in the washer mode.

    I had to have column sw and motor replaced to get it fixed.
    I've had to do this 3 times!! you need the wiper-motor circuit board cover!


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    Jackf999 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    Re: Wiper motor has own mind 2004 CTS

    I would like to contribute this because this forum has helped me
    several times and its a fantastic resource.

    I'm definitely not a mechanic, but I have managed to pop off the windshield
    wipers arms. ( PB Blaster penetrating oil and tapping the arms back and forth
    on their bending joint)
    Removed the four small screws on the passenger side holding down the plastic
    cowling allowed me to wiggle off both halves of the cowling giving access to
    the screws holding down the wiper assembly. (There are Youtube videos )

    I pulled off the plug holding the wires into the motor and lifted the motor assembly
    up and off the car.

    On my first attempt I tried to just take off the four torx screws to get that black
    motor cover off and see if there were any cracks in the soldering, corroded contact
    blades, but quickly decided to just reattach everything, hope for the best because
    this electronic motor cover is made in such a way that looked impossible to fix.

    I ordered the cover off Ebay for $76 and it arrived in 4 days, Great !!!!

    Just in the last hour I replaced the old with the new and this second time was a breeze.
    ( Even if here in North Texas it is a chilly 40 degrees I grew up in Michigan so not too bad.

    Before attaching the blades back, I turned the keys to accessory and Blissful Silence !!!!
    No wipers mindlessly doing their back and forth Boogie and no slappin time as I didn't hold Bobby's
    hand in mine.

    I would encourage this fix to anyone who has wiper blade control issues.


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