Here's a quick rundown on removing your Jeep Cherokee's front windshield wiper motor and wiper arm assembly once your unit is worn out or after the motor has gone bad. I have no direct knowledge as to whether or not these units are 100% interchangable from year to year... but AS FAR AS I KNOW... these units are the same from year to year on the XJ. (A quick look up at NAPA will help there.) Any doubts and you need to do a side by side comparison to double check. Quick check: Compare your cowl cover to the cover on the donor vehicle. Arms should exit same distance from hood, windshield etc.

Be aware that the motor can be replaced without replacing the wiper arms and motor/arm assembly can be bought separately. Personally, I'd hit a junkyard and pick up the entire assembly if I needed to replace one or the other and keep my old assembly for parts.

This is really a simple job. Just keep track of where the bolts go since ya have to remove bolts under the hood, several phillips head screws, some torx heads & a couple of small brackets. The hardest part is wiggling the assembly around to find the magic 'in & out' angle. Once ya do that... it's a breeze!

No real instructions are needed. The pictures speak for themselves and minor comments are in text boxes with the pictures.

Remove the cowl screws.
Remove the cowl screws.
Donor vehicle with cowl cover removed
Donor vehicle with cowl cover removed.
Torx bolts holding cover to arm pivots
Torx bolts holding cover to arm pivots.
Bottom mounting bolts
Bottom mounting bolts.
motor power connector
Wiper motor power connector.
4 bolts under hood. You may not need to remove the MAP bolts... I can't remember! *doh!*
4 bolts under hood. You may not need to remove the MAP bolts... I can't remember! *doh!*
Another view. Look inside cowl to see if ya really need to remove the MAP sensor bolts.
Another view. Look inside cowl to see if ya really need to remove the MAP sensor bolts.
Rear bracket to remove. Another at motor.
Rear bracket to remove. Another at motor.
Removing the bracket.. There is another bracket at the motor.
Removing the bracket. There is another bracket at the motor.
Start wiggling!
Just like a bad prom date, it's time to "Start wiggling!"


Once out - it's time to put things back together. It's really a matter of reversing the procedure but to quote the illuminatingly vague Hayne's manual... "Installation is in reverse order of disassembly."

If you have pics of your own repairs or can suggest other methods - please contribute your ideas (and pictures) to this article!

Revised on: October 18, 2006









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