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2003 Petrol -- BSI diagnosis: water ingression
#21
have just ordered fibreglass pen and Contralube and grounding wrist strap, so will probably not proceed until next weekend.
Will report on any progress as then.
2003 (M59) Petrol 1360cc Estate -- Wheelchair conversion
New Malden, Kingston-upon-Thames
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#22
Before trying the BSI I am:

charging  battery
cleaning out the scuttle under the windscreen wipers and let any damp dry out (warm weather next week) for a couple of days.  --- Assuming the wipers will come off without needing an extraction tool.


Question:
I just noticed the engine compartment fuse box cover has inside a layer of foam rubber.  This is complete gunk - if you touch it it sticks to your finger as tar and detaches from the cover.  this does not appear normal.  I would guess the foam has been sprayed with something which is not friendly to the foam.  
Any ideas what this could be and some cause?
(Edit) Answering my own question I guess a solvent has been sprayed liberally, probably by the garage which made the original diagnosis of water ingression.

The purpose of the foam itself I would guess is to stop any fuses rattling around
2003 (M59) Petrol 1360cc Estate -- Wheelchair conversion
New Malden, Kingston-upon-Thames
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#23
Still on this issue, very slowly.

Cannot get the windscreen wipers off.  Tried one tool from Amazon, but it would not fit.  Have returned.  Now waiting for one with hooks...
Have sprayed with wd40.  As a last resort could pulling with some webbing and tapping with a mallet, but would probably need extra hands.

   
2003 (M59) Petrol 1360cc Estate -- Wheelchair conversion
New Malden, Kingston-upon-Thames
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#24
I use the tool on the left to remove the wiper arms you need to hold it in place so it doesnt slip and dont try to do it all at once. Put the arm under pressure and gradually turn the knob every five minutes or so with a little release spray it will release.
Are we there yet????? Huh
Ex 1.6hdi van now 3 seater 1.4 multispace
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#25
Swing the arm up, and pull back and forth gently against the elbow joint with the nut removed. The arm will come loose.

The arm is alloy and the post is steel. It's only oxide and the taper that sticks them together.
My Van: 2012 B9 1.6 HDi Enterprise
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#26
Thanks for responses. Tool on the left in picture, the arms were not wide enough. Tool on right should arrive on Tuesday 30th March 2021. If that tool is no use I will try Zion's rocking suggestion - my worry is that this kind of tugging could damage the wiper motor or linkage, especially as I am cack-handed.
2003 (M59) Petrol 1360cc Estate -- Wheelchair conversion
New Malden, Kingston-upon-Thames
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#27
No need for much force mate if you angle the rocking motion against the elbow joint of the wiper. Just wiggle back and forth a few times and it usually will come loose. It won't put force away from the joint, so you just use a motion where you wiggle and relax repeatedly against the direction the arms fold up to. If you switch off the ignition then pull the single wipe function once (down on the stalk) the wipers will swing up and stay there for blade access.

May be easier in that position. Don't touch the stalk again and just see if they will be easier to get at in the upper position. If not, press the stalk again and they will go back to the bottom so you can try with the bonnet up.

The spindles should be bolted to the panel with a lock nut, so you can't move the motor or linkage from that position.
My Van: 2012 B9 1.6 HDi Enterprise
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#28
Not too sure if you managed to get them undone, but when I was doing it on mine this video helped me quite a bit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62J7n09A8zk

It worked for me to get the stuck wiper arms.
smile, you are alive!
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#29
"Silverline Tools 499236 Wiper Arm & Battery Terminal Puller Capacity 28 mm" from Amazon arrived today -- £9.19.

This one fitted and enabled extraction easily:

   

Whether £9.19 was well spent for probably a single usage is another matter.

Thanks everyone for all the tips.  If I knew how I would post the above contributions as a separate thread "Windscreen Wiper Extraction" which would be useful for those mechanically less experienced like me.
2003 (M59) Petrol 1360cc Estate -- Wheelchair conversion
New Malden, Kingston-upon-Thames
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#30
Glad you got then sorted.
My Van: 2012 B9 1.6 HDi Enterprise
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