Failed wiper link­age

Car Mechanics (UK) - - Tales From The Workshop -

Driv­ing through heavy rain is never pleas­ant, even less so when the wipers sud­denly stop work­ing. The owner of this Chevro­let Ma­tiz was only a short dis­tance from work at the time, and with the fore­cast for bet­ter weather later in the day, de­cided to wait a short while be­fore bring­ing the mo­tor along to us.

A lot of man­u­fac­tur­ers seem only to sell the wiper mo­tor and link­age as a com­plete unit, but Chevro­let still sup­ply the two com­po­nents sep­a­rately, with the link­age a very rea­son­able £65. Strangely enough, the new link­age did not in­clude the crank sec­tion at­tached to the mo­tor, mean­ing that the orig­i­nal balljoint had to be reused.

Af­ter re­mov­ing the wiper arms and front scut­tle panel, the mo­tor and link­age were re­moved and re­placed as one unit. Once all back to­gether, the wipers were up and run­ning again.

Once the wiper arms and front scut­tle panel are re­moved there’s plenty of ac­cess to the wiper assem­bly.

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