How to Replace the Windshield Wiper Motor on My Toyota Camry

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How to Replace the Windshield Wiper Motor on My Toyota Camry
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The wiper motor on the Toyota Camry is located on the driver's side firewall. Before replacing the entire wiper motor, check the bushings. If the bushings are worn, the motor will work, but it will not move the wipers. If the motor does not move at all, and the wiring and all fuses are good, then the motor must be replaced. When checking the wiring, be sure to check that the ground wire is connected properly and there is no rust on the ground wire.

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Things you need

  • Set of sockets
  • Wire cutters or needle-nose pliers

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  1. 1

    Disconnect the battery ground cable and lay it aside, ensuring that it does not touch metal. If your Camry is equipped with airbags, wait 90 seconds before proceeding so that the airbag sensor is deactivated.

  2. 2

    Remove the wiper motor clips and the weatherstripping with wire cutters or needle-nose pliers. Do not cut the clips, just pull them off. Unplug the wiper motor wiring harness by pressing in on the plastic tabs on the plug and pulling it out.

  3. 3

    Remove the cowl louvre with the appropriate socket to access the linkage. Pry the linkage off the wiper motor then remove the retaining bolts with the appropriate socket. Remove the wiper motor.

  4. 4

    Bolt the wiper motor to the firewall and plug in the harness connector. Hook up the battery ground wire. Cycle the wipers on and off one time to make sure the wiper motor is in the "Park" position. Connect the linkage and tighten the retaining bolts. Reinstall the clips and weatherstripping. Replace the cowl.

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