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For the life of me I cannot find where the Clamshell mounts in the hatch area,
I have the shop manual but the picture is tilted and doesn't show excatly where.

I have a US car and the wiper motor was just replaced. I've seen that it supposed to attach to that bracket?

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Front clam service hatch? IIRC, the latch that holds the service hatch down mounts to the bracket via 2x bolts. I and believe that holds the center of the clam down too.
 

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Front clam service hatch? IIRC, the latch that holds the service hatch down mounts to the bracket via 2x bolts. I and believe that holds the center of the clam down too.
I think you're right, but do you know which two? As the manual shows one hole towards the access hole for the pollen filter.

As I don't have another pic of the hatch insides to compare to. A pic would be great. US model, I think the windshield wiper motor is reversed for European.

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I think you're right, but do you know which two? As the manual shows one hole towards the access hole for the pollen filter.

As I don't have another pic of the hatch insides to compare to. A pic would be great. US model, I think the windshield wiper motor is reversed for European.
I don't recall exactly, as it's been a while since I had the clam off, but based on Chrome Orange's picture in your other thread, I think it's the 2 circled in red.

But I could be wrong too. Either way, if you plan on removing the clam, you'll want to remove all of those bolts. The wiper motor mount likely won't come out unless you remove the bolts holding it to the "firewall".
 

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I don't recall exactly, as it's been a while since I had the clam off, but based on Chrome Orange's picture in your other thread, I think it's the 2 circled in red.

But I could be wrong too. Either way, if you plan on removing the clam, you'll want to remove all of those bolts. The wiper motor mount likely won't come out unless you remove the bolts holding it to the "firewall".
I have everything off, clamshell, bumper, and A-Panels. The previous tech didn't bolt down the calmshell in that area, and I think they might have assembled it back together incorrectly. (I.e. brake reservoir under clamshell mounting holes.

I'm re-assembling soon :)
 

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Here is a pic of my hatch area. The hatch latch bolts on where the arrows are. But my bracket is further left.
The holes don't line up, and before I start moving the calmshell thought I'd check on which hole.

And is the brake fluid reserve tankbracket supposed to be below or above the clamshell.

Those bolts and nuts are a real bitch.
 

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thank you for the pictures! I'll keep looking at it. As the shop manual shows the hatch area has one bolt to something(?) to secure it.

if not, the clamshell vibrates badly.
 

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thank you for the pictures! I'll keep looking at it. As the shop manual shows the hatch area has one bolt to something(?) to secure it.

if not, the clamshell vibrates badly.
There may have been a separate bolt, but if so, I don't remember it. And, my clam has no vibration at speed. :shrug:


Are you referring to the one bolt shown in the diagram for step 2? If so, step 2 refers to the 2 bolts for the MC reservoir bracket.

"2. Release the M6 X 20 flange headed screws & washers (2) securing the hydraulic fluid reservoir bracket to the clamshell."
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think you are looking at the service notes, section BV.3 "A- Panels". At least my version of those notes show the diagram as you just posted.

My post above is from the July '15 notes, section BV.4 "FRONT CLAMSHELL". Although my diagram depicts 1 bolt in step # 2, it references removing 2 bolts at that location for the MC reservoir bracket:

"2. Release the M6 X 20 flange headed screws & washers (2) securing the hydraulic fluid reservoir bracket to the clamshell."

Either way, aside from the diagram you posted above, I see no mention of that single bolt in the clam removal steps in either section (or versions) of the notes I have. Additionally, I do not have a (single) bolt located in the position indicated in the diagram you just posted.

Sorry I can't help more...
 

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I appreciate your help, I'm going to see if maybe the new wiper motor install has a bracket too far or something. I'll see if I can mount it to the clamshell and bracket then.
 

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Spent sometime on it tonight, I've found the hole that secures the right side of the latch to the wiper motor bracket, the hole is about a quarter in diameter therefore when you attempt to screw the latch to the bracket through the clamshell it only holds it the clamshell and can't secure it the the wiper motor bracket.

I've constructed a piece of metal that spans across the wiper motor bracket to secure the clamshell to the wiper motor bracket. If you don't that clamshell will bounce and vibrate. It's the only place in the middle of the clamshell that is secured to an area to hold it down.

Weird design considering that is roughly a 3ft diameter in the middle of the clamshell that has no support.
 

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"2. Release the M6 X 20 flange headed screws & washers (2) securing the hydraulic fluid reservoir bracket to the clamshell."
I do see where what I think is the brake hydraulic fluid reservoir a bolt that can also secure to the wiper bracket and the calm shell. I'm going to secure it in both places.

Thanx!
 
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