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Passenger side wiper arm broke completely off

Old 05-14-2019, 03:23 AM
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Just thought I’d chime in here since this also happened to me. Seems like Audi constructed a very poor designed passenger wiper arm. The metal is just too thin and with the size of the arm they just get torqued hard over time and eventually snap.

One important ant thing to mention that I haven’t seen here is that when replacing your wipers, or the wiper arm, you MUST put your wipers in “service position”. In my MMI interface under the CAR menu there is a selection for “Wiper Service Position”. You need to enter this menu when replacing your blades or replacing the arms. This isn’t just for access assistance to reach the wiper arm across the giant hood, but it’s to protect the wiper actuator assembly below the windshield cowl. If you pull on the wiper arms or work on them without being in the service position you run the risk of bending or breaking components inside the actuator assembly or screwing up the park position of your wipers.
Another interesting feature to note: Not all Q7’s have this but certain trim lines actually park the wipers in a higher position when the outside ambient temperature is at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Mine does this as well as all of the S-Line models. This is to assist with the wipers not freezing to the windshield in a low parked position. If the wiper is hard frozen to the windshield and the actuator attempts to move it can tweak or break components inside the actuator, thus the freeze protection system was added to some Q7 models.

Just thought I’d throw out those little tidbits as I also dealt with having to replace my passenger wiper arm.
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