RAM 1500 Truck 4WD V8-5.9L VIN Z (2002)
Wiper Control Module: Description and Operation
Fig. 21 Wiper Module
The wiper motor bracket is secured with two screws below the wiper motor through two rubber insulators to the bottom of the cowl plenum panel
beneath the cowl plenum cover/grille panel. Two screws secure the top of the wiper module bracket to the cowl plenum panel through rubber
insulators located on the outboard end of each pivot bracket. The ends of the wiper pivot shafts that protrude through dedicated openings in the
cowl plenum cover/grille panel to drive the wiper arms and blades are the only visible components of the wiper module.
The wiper module consists of the following major components:
Bracket - The wiper module bracket consists of a long tubular steel main member that has a die cast pivot bracket formation near each end
where the two wiper pivots are secured. A stamped steel clamp secures the center of the tubular member to the die cast bracket integral to the
wiper motor with two screws.
Crank Arm - The wiper motor crank arm is a stamped steel unit with a slotted hole on the driven end that is secured to the wiper motor output
shaft with a nut, and has a ball stud secured to the drive end.
Linkage - Two stamped steel drive links connect the wiper motor crank arm to the wiper pivot lever arms. The left side drive link has a plastic
socket-type bushing on each end. The right side drive link has a plastic socket-type bushing on one end, and a plastic sleeve-type bushing on
the other end. The socket-type bushing on one end of each drive link is snap-fit over the ball stud on the lever arm of its respective pivot. The
right side drive link sleeve- type bushing end is then fit over the motor crank arm ball stud, and the other socket-type bushing of the left side
drive link is snap-fit over the exposed end of the wiper motor crank arm ball stud.
Motor - The wiper motor features an integral die cast bracket to which the wiper module bracket is secured with a stamped steel clamp and
two screws near the top and which has two rubber insulated mounting ears at the bottom. This die casting also serves as the wiper motor
transmission housing from which the wiper motor output shaft exits. A nut secures the wiper motor crank arm to the motor output shaft. The
two-speed permanent magnet wiper motor features an integral transmission, an internal park switch, and an internal automatic resetting circuit
Pivots - The two front wiper pivots are secured within the die cast pivot brackets on the outboard ends of the wiper module main member. The
lever arms that extend from the center of the pivot shafts each have a ball stud on their end. The upper end of each pivot shaft where the wiper
arms will be fastened each has a serrated driver with a keyway. The lower ends of the pivot shafts are installed through lubricated bushings in
the pivot brackets and are secured with snap rings.