How to Repair Windshield Wiper Linkage

How to Repair Windshield Wiper Linkage

Windshield wipers serve an important purpose – to provide drivers with a clear view of the road during a downpour. Effective wipers provide pivotal safety but the moment they are damaged, they quickly become a safety hazard – and they make a very annoying squeaking and/or vibrating noise.

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Sometimes the problem is obvious, like damaged blades. However, there are times when the problem is not quite so obvious. For example, if one wiper is moving slower than the other or not working at all, then it’s probably the linkage.

With that said, here are a couple of things that you should keep in mind:

  • Some types of windshield wipers are easier to repair than others. For example, some wipers only use one bracket to connect while others use a lot of components.
  • In most cases, linkage that has more components might break easier.

Common Symptoms of Damaged Linkage

  • Wipers are out of sync. In other words, one wiper moves slower than the other.
  • Wipers struggle to move across the windshield instead of sweeping at a steady pace.
  • One wiper doesn’t even move.
  • Wipers vibrate as they are moving. • Wipers vibrate as they are moving.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how to repair windshield wiper linkage.

Note: This section is designed to serve as a general guideline. Some vehicles might vary slightly. When in doubt, always consult your vehicle owner manual.

What you Need

  • Socket Set
  • Wrench Set
  • Pliers

Wiper Linkage Repair

Step 1

Pull the wiper arm up so that it’s away from the windshield. The wiper arm should lock into an upright position. Be careful not to pull too hard. The wiper arm should easily move into position.

Step 2

There should be a nut holding the wiper arm to the linkage. Unbolt it using a wrench or socket.

Step 3

Remove the arm from the linkage. The wiper arm should easily pull away from the linkage. If not, then make sure that it’s not being connected by another clamp or bolt.

Step 4

Find the wiper motor. It’s usually located under the hood, near the windshield washer reservoir.

Step 5

Unbolt the wiper motor from the vehicle. Again, it should be easy to remove. If not, then make sure you have removed all of the bolts. Don’t force it.

Step 6

The wiper linkage should be connected to a bracket with a bolt. Remove that bolt so that the linkage separates from the bracket.

Step 7

Remove the wiper linkage. If it doesn’t remove easily, then make sure that you didn’t miss a bolt.

Step 8

Connect the new linkage to the bracket.

Step 9

Reattach the wiper motor to the vehicle.

Step 10

Run the new linkage just like the old one.

Step 11

Bolt the new linkage to the wiper arm.

Step 12

Gently lower the wiper arm back down onto the windshield.

Step 13

Turn on the wipers to make sure that it works as it should.

Congratulations! You have successfully replaced the linkage on your windshield wipers. If you are having problems then please give us a call or fill out the form on this page for a free quote.

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