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Old 05-23-2011, 05:35 PM   #1
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wiper linkage slop

I attached a few pictures of my disassembled front windshield wiper linkage and problem area. There is a lot of play in the passenger side wiper. it's evident the problem is in the spindle linkage and not a problem where the wiper arm attaches to the spindle. I think the spindle has worn away the cutout where the metal bracket is supposed to turn the spindle. is this assembly serviceable? I can't see anyway to take this section apart without breaking things.

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Old 05-27-2011, 07:38 AM   #2
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No responses but in case someone else has a similar issue or just to follow up, I used JBWeld and was able to work it into the spaces to fix the bracket piece to the cylinder highlighted in the picture above. I protected or shielded the moving portion with a thin piece of cardboard. This removes ALL the slop or play in the connection. I think there is supposed to be a bit of play to absorb some of the shock on the connection when the cylinder changes direction, but hey, it was broke when i fixed it and for now it's working. Worse thing can happen is it fails again.

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Old 05-27-2011, 07:57 AM   #3
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See stuff like this on snow vehicles. Wipers freeze to the glass, and you flip on the wipers. Somethings gotta give.

If your fix works GREAT! If not you'll need a wiper transmission, that's what the conglomeration is called. And no it's not serviceable.

As a last ditch effort if the JB doesn't hold, you could try a tack weld on it. Only problem would be making sure it's dead nuts aligned before. Other wise you may end up in bind situation or have the arm track wrong.

The arm is supposed to be rigid, the two arms that connect to it are the ones that give/move/flex.
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