Failed wiper linkage
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.