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    The smart way?

    Have the windshield frame off the cj3, it had no glass. I want to remove the wiper motor but the aluminum cap for the wiper arm on the end stops me. Is there a smart way to remove it? I don't see replacements in the catalog so I'm looking for smarter people than me for the answer.
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    Can you take a picture of the Aluminum cap?

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    I am sure I didn't write it by the correct name. It's the splined end the wiper arm slides on to. I don't want to ruin it if there are none available. Thanks
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    That just looks strange. There is a splined shaft on the motor the wiper arm slides on and then there is a Brass Acorn Nut that secures the arm. It almost looks like the original nut is completely rounded off, or there is part of the old wiper arm stuck on the shaft.
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    This calls for more investigation. Thanks B
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    The aluminum piece is an adapter for a "universal" type wiper. There was usually a set screw that bound them to the shaft, but I see no evidence of it being there. The adapter was for when the original shaft wouldn't grip the original style wiper. This was a Western Auto special help section type fix. Looks to have been on there for years. You can purchase new aluminum pieces with the set screw from Speedway motors on line. Split the old one with a die grinder to see if the shaft is usable underneath, or at least good enough for a core, if you are going to send it off for repair. If you are going to do the rebuild, then you may be able to salvage the shaft.

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    gmwillys nice catch!

    So you remember adapters from Western Auto? I was riding my 5 speed Schwinn crate racer to the ice cream store right next door to the Western Auto when, it closed down! I think it was 1965. Ha ha, ribbing ya... fun fact... Western Auto eventually became Advance Auto parts.

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    The legacy of Western Auto lived on, (albeit a more mainstream-pre Auto Zone craptacular junk) well into the '90s. Much like the Pep Boys is today. Somewhere in the bottom of one of my tool boxes is a gear dope stained Darrel Waltrip #17 Western Auto tee shirt.
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    Got it. Thanks lads, I'll get to cuttin' with the Dremel. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't messing with something I shouldn't. But the reality is that motor wouldn't come off without removing the end piece.
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    You can get an adapter for a worn spline piece from Western auto? Who knew? Hay Siri... Okay Google... Alexa... Oh wait, don't have any of those!

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