Date registered: Aug 2009
Vehicle: 1998 C43
Location: Stafford, VA
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your gears are stripped. i had the same issue. it's not difficult, just takes a long time - if it's your first attempt. here's what i suggest you do:
first buy a 6 pack. open your hood (make it upright). remove the cowling (the black shroud that keeps the leaves). remove the trim around the wiper assembly.
now, here's the hardest part of the job. there's more cowling behind the engine. you have to remove both of them (one on each side) to fully gain access to the bolts to free the motor. they are held in by rivets and are extremely difficult to gain access to if you dont have the right tools. it can be done with a screwdriver and some creativity. this is where the beers come in.
once you have removed the cowling, you have gained access to the 10mm bolts that hold the wiper assembly. remove these. your new motor will come with its own lead that has to be plugged in underneath the fuse box. so guess what, you have to remove the top of the fuse box. there you can find screws holding it in place. remove them and lift up the top of the fuse carefully.
the motor has to be freed from the assembly itself. after you do that, mate your new motor to it in the same manner. installation is self explanatory at this point, but before you fully torque all the nuts and bolts, make sure that the wiper parks correctly.
it seems daunting at first, but all it takes is time. if you have time to kill, its pretty safe for anyone to do. if you dont mind paying an indy 5 hrs of labor to do it, then feel free.