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Hello all - first post.

Can someone shed some light on how to replace the rear wiper arm on a 2006 Sorento LX? Mine got chewed up by a car wash. I've removed the hex bolt but the arm doesn't seem to come off, at least not very easily. I do not want to break the motor if I pry it off.

What am I doing wrong? Thanks in advance.
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I should have added: what's left of the rear arm is basically not much. I have very little leverage from which to work the arm off. I feel like I am going to break somehting else when I try to remove it. I'm sure this is much easier than I'm making it out to be but I thought I would check first in case someone has run across this before.
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The best way is to use a puller as they are pressed on over a tapered shaft. When the nut is tightened it presses the arm tight to the shaft.
You can use a couple screw drivers one on each side and try to pop it off, but a puller is safer.
If you have not bought a replacement arm yet try eBay they are 1/3 the price for the exact same part as the dealer.
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Wow, no I have not purchased one yet. Will most certainly check out eBay.

Thanks also for the strategy on the removal. Will try today. Not 100% sure what a puller is but if I understand it right, I don't have that tool. I will ask the neighbor but if not I will try the double screw driver method. THANKS

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The best way is to use a puller as they are pressed on over a tapered shaft. When the nut is tightened it presses the arm tight to the shaft.
You can use a couple screw drivers one on each side and try to pop it off, but a puller is safer.
If you have not bought a replacement arm yet try eBay they are 1/3 the price for the exact same part as the dealer.
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You should be able to find a puller at any automotive store.

Be sure to check out my on line store as well, see if I cant save you some money as well.

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I'm such a dufenshmirtz.... OK here a final recap

I'll admit that since I've gotten nowhere with this project that I've worked on it only a little at a time. When I attempted to remove it, the stuck wiper arm seemed to only move slightly when I tried pump pliers, metal scrapers, etc. Nothing seemed to work, and I was intimidated

Finally the other day I was in the auto parts store for another errand and saw liquid wrench. I glossed right past in and left to store, but later in the day I recalled seeing it. I thought, what the heck, I can try some WD 40 on the broken, stuck wiper arm and see what that does.

BAM! It took 3 seconds to pry the arm off with the pump pliers. It was amazing. Popped in the new arm and wiper blade and I was good to go. Only took me 6 weeks to figure this out. haha
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