Dos and Don'ts When Buying a Wiper Linkage Bushing
There's an abundance of supply for wiper linkage bushings in the market today. You can easily buy them any time you want. However, there are certain things you must do to avoid wasting your time and money because they all look very similar, and that can be very misleading. Read this guide to know the difference.
- Check the make, year, and model of your car if they are the same with the wiper linkage bushing's specifications. Most aftermarket retailers specify these details for your convenience.
- You should know how many bushings you need to replace because wiper bushings aren't sold separately, they come in a pack. These bushings are also assorted. Make sure you can determine the specific bushing shape that you need. There can be a situation wherein you need three of the same type but only two are included. You will need to buy another pack just to get that same type of bushing again.
- Replace your wiper linkage bushings all at the same time. This will save you the trouble of another faulty bushing that would need another replacement schedule.
- Choose a trusted name in the market when you buy replacement bushings. A 10-piece set is sold around $12-$17. You can also avail of a limited lifetime warranty for the bushings.
- DO NOT get a bushing not specified for your car. You will only risk the condition of the wiper because the design is different, and you will waste your time removing the parts as well.
- DO NOT buy a bushing that has been tampered or cut to fit in or copy the shape of the original part. These will only make the bushings prone to more damage.
- DO NOT choose used bushings that have been refurbished. Old bushings should be discarded properly and are not meant for reuse.
Replace Your Old Wiper Linkage Bushing without the Hassle
The road can be hazardous if you drive on a rainy or snowy night. You can't exactly determine when they will fall, and all you can do is stay prepared. One example is to check your wipers if they are still working properly. If they already drag or stop in the middle of the windshield, then check the linkage bushing immediately because it may already be worn-out. Read on to know how you can change your bushings correctly.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Philips screwdriver
- Socket set
- Small pry bar
- New wiper linkage bushing
Step 1: Park your car on a level surface, and engage the parking brake.
Step 2: Locate the nut at the end of each wiper; it may be concealed by a small plastic cover depending on the model of your vehicle. Use the wrench to remove the nut, and remove the other washers that hold the wipers in place. Pull the wipers off, and put them aside along with the hardware.
Step 3: Check the fasteners of the cowl and remove them one by one. Pop them upward with a screwdriver if it's too hard to pull. If the cowl is held by screws instead of fasteners, then unscrew them, and make sure to keep the screws in a safe place.
Step 4: Remove the screen under the cowl. You can slowly peel it off, and slide it out.
Step 5: View the wiper assembly first before you work on it. You should remember the position of every part, so you won't have a hard time putting them all back later. It is advisable to diagram the parts or you can take a picture for reference.
Step 6: Locate the two pivots in the assembly and remove the screws that hold them. Afterwards, remove the nut that connects the actuator rod to the motor shaft.
Step 7: Clean the parts to see their conditions if they also need replacements. Since you already opened the assembly, remove all the dirt that can cause clogging.
Step 8: Take the rods and pivots from the assembly, and find the current bushings. Remove the bushings using a small pry bar, and discard them properly.
Step 9: Get the new bushings, and push them in place of the old bushings. You can use a pair of pliers if the bushings are hard to fit.
Step 10: Install all the pieces back together and refer to the picture you took or the diagram you created.
Now you've installed new wiper bushings and cleaned your wiper system, you can travel safer even if it's under the rain or snow. You've even managed to save your money for a costly repair.