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How to Replace a Windshield Wiper Motor and Transmission Linkage Assembly

This set of repair instructions apply to-

2005-2009 Pontiac G6
2008-2012 Chevy Malibu
2007-2009 Saturn Aura

Often referred to a Wiper System Module, this is made up of  a wiper motor and the mechanical linkage that actuates the wiper blades.  After several years of use or from excessive
conditions like snow, this linkage can break and cause the wiper blades to move sporadically or not at all.

Windshield Wiper Motor (Part #: 22711011) & Transmission Linkage Assembly (Part #: 22711010)

1.) Ensure that the wipers are set to the ‘PARK’ position

2.) Open hood
3.) Remove wiper arm nut finish cap
4.) Remove the wiper arm nut
5.) To remove the wiper arm requires a special tool.
** Removing the wiper arm without a removal tool. Fold wiper arm to the service position (facing upward) gentle rock the arm on pivot shaft to remove

6.) Remove the air inlet grille panel and hood seal. Fasteners are most often push-pin style.  But, some models do use small trim bolts.
7.) Remove the bolts attaching the wiper module to the plenum

8.) Carefully lift the wiper module out of the plenum
9.) Disconnect the electrical connector from the wiper motor and the clip retaining the electrical harness to the wiper motor
10.) Remove the wiper module assembly from the vehicle

Reverse removal procedure for installation.
*When installing the wiper arms, align the wiper arm onto the wiper module pivot shaft with wiper blade to the wiper dots/stops on the windshield.
When job is complete inspect for proper operation.

Torque Specs
Wiper Arm Nuts 25 lb ft
Wiper Module Bolts 89 lb in

Does your ECOTEC engine have an oil leak?

Vehicles with the Ecotec 2.0L, 2.2L or 2.4L engine, may have a undersized oil drain plug thread insert that was installed incorrectly or has moved during the re-installation of drain plug well doing an oil change.  Once the insert has moved, the threads have a much higher chance of stripping. Stripped drain plug threads can cause the drain plug to loosen or not tighten, resulting in an oil leak.

Another common occurrence of an oil leak comes from the vehicle bottoming out,  hitting the oil pan and causing a crack.  This condition is most common in the Chevy HHR.

Click here for APDTY Ecotec Oil Pan Page

Oil Pan Replacement

1.) Remove the oil level indicator and tube.
2.) Raise and support the vehicle.
3.) Place a drain pan under the oil pan drain plug.
4.) Remove the oil pan drain plug.
5.) Drain oil.
6.) Re-install the oil pan drain plug.
7.) Remove the engine drive belt.
8.) Remove the lower air conditioning (A/C) compressor bolt.
9.) If the vehicle is equipped with a manual transaxle, remove the 2 lower transaxle bolts.
10.) If the vehicle is equipped with a automatic transaxle, remove the 4 lower transaxle bolts.
11.)  Remove the oil pan bolts.
12.) Remove the oil pan.
13.)  Clean all gasket sealing surfaces and ensure that the oil pan and the sealing surface on the lower crankcase are free of all oil and debris.
14.) Apply a 2 mm bead of sealant (1) around the perimeter of the oil pan and the oil suction port opening. DO NOT over apply the sealant. More than a 2 mm bead is not required.
15.) Install the oil pan, tighten oil pan bolts in sequence shown
16.) Reverse removal procedure to install

Tighten the oil pan bolts in the sequence shown,  Tighten the bolts to 25 N.m (18 lb ft).
*If the vehicle is equipped with a automatic transaxle,  the 4 lower transaxle bolts. Tighten the bolts to 75 N.m (55 lb ft).
*If the vehicle is equipped with a manual transaxle, remove the 2 lower transaxle bolts. Tighten the bolts to 75 N.m (55 lb ft)
*Install the lower A/C compressor bolt. Tighten the bolt to 20 N.m (15 lb ft).

How To Remove/Replace GM Passlock Ignition Key Lock Cylinder Replacement and Relearn/Recode Procedure

GM Passlock Ignition Lock Cylinder Replacement Instructions


NOTE: These instructions and pictures show how to replace the Ignition Lock Cylinder for the following vehicles:

2004-2005 Chevy Classic

2000-2005 Chevy Impala (Includes 04-05 Impala SS)

1997-2003 Chevy Malibu

2000-2005 Chevy Monte Carlo (Includes 04-05 Monte Carlo SS)

1999-2004 Olds Alero

1997-1999 Olds Cutlass

1998-2002 Olds Intrigue

1999-2005 Pontiac Grand Am



 The ignition lock cylinder contains the pass-lock security chip that is extremely common to fail on the above vehicles. A typical symptom of failure is the security light illuminating on the dash. Also keep in mind the electronic ignition switch is located just behind the lock cylinder. It is the plastic part that the ignition lock cylinder fits into. It contains the actual electrical connections and wiring and it sends current to numerous different components. This part is not as common as the lock cylinder, however many times it also needs replacement. You can purchase both the lock cylinder & electrical ignition switch below. A proper diagnosis is needed to verify these parts are failed or possibly failing intermittently.

Purchase Together:

OE: ACDelco D1493F Ignition Lock Cylinder & ACDelco D1432D Electronic Ignition Switch


Aftermarket: Standard Motor Products Electronic Ignition Switch & ACDelco Ignition Lock Cylinder

  1. Removal and installation:
  2.  Remove Trim panel around radio, on most vehicles this is just held in with snap-in clips, some vehicles may have a screw or two to remove
  3. Unbolt and remove the radio to gain access to the back of the lock cylinder
  4. Press the small release tab (see picture) While turning key to the ON Position
  5. Slide out old lock cylinder
  6. Installation is the reverse of the above procedures, see below for the relearn procedure


Relearn Procedure

  1. Turn ON the ignition, with the engine OFF.
  2. Attempt to start the engine, then release the key to ON (vehicle will not start).
  3. Observe the SECURITY telltale, after approximately 10 minutes the telltale will turn OFF.
  4. Turn OFF the ignition, and wait 5 seconds.
  5. Repeat steps 1 through 4 two more times for a total of 3 cycles/30 minutes (the vehicle is now ready to relearn the Passlock™ Sensor Data Code and/or passwords on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK).

    The vehicle learns the Passlock™ Sensor Data Code and/or password on the next ignition switch transition from OFF to CRANK. You must turn the ignition OFF before attempting to start the vehicle.

  7. Start the engine (the vehicle has now learned the Passlock™ Sensor Data Code and/or password).
  8. With a scan tool, clear any DTCs if needed (history DTCs will self clear after 100 ignition cycles).

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