Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Windshield Wiper Linkage

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Cost of Replacing a Bad or Failing Windshield Wiper Linkage

Common signs include wiper blades rotating out of sequence, sputtering while operating, not moving at all, and making a grinding noise. Our certified technicians can come to you and diagnose the problem. You will receive a $30 credit towards any follow-up repairs that result from the diagnostic. Following are example prices for Windshield Wiper Linkage Replacement. Click on the button below to get an upfront quote for your car.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2004 Volvo XC70 $209 $132.43 $77.00 16% $250.68
2006 Dodge Ram 2500 $321 $250.88 $70.00 10% $358.38
2005 Dodge Ram 2500 $321 $250.88 $70.00 10% $358.38
2013 Acura ZDX $169 $99.30 $70.00 18% $206.80
2010 BMW 535i GT $768 $677.10 $91.00 5% $816.85
2012 Chevrolet Corvette $159 $88.56 $70.00 19% $196.06
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How to Diagnose a Bad or Failing Windshield Wiper Linkage?

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Most car, truck, and SUV owners understand the importance of having good windshield wipers on their vehicles at all times. However, many of them may not know that the windshield wiper blades and arms are moved back and forth by the windshield wiper linkage. The linkage is attached to the wiper motor, which is typically hidden under the hood of the vehicle and protected from the elements. The wiper linkage may fail because it is not always protected from the sun, snow, wind, and rain and may be susceptible to wear and tear or breaking entirely without warning.

The windshield wiper linkage is designed to last the life the vehicle, but like any other mechanical part it can break when you least expect it to occur. One of the most common causes of premature wear and tear is overuse in wet weather climates or in cold areas where the windshield wipers are frozen and may stick to the windshield. This causes the linkage to strip from the wiper arm, requiring them to be replaced.

There are a few warning signs that will indicate that a problem with the windshield wiper linkage is beginning to wear out that if noticed early and fixed, can reduce additional parts breakage including the wiper motor.

1. Wiper blades rotate out of sequence

The great thing about windshield wiper blades is that they work together to clear water, dirt, snow, and debris from the windshield. In fact, they move together in a metronome-like pattern on most cars, trucks, and SUVs. When the blades move out of this sequence, it is typically due to the linkage being worn out or that the windshield wiper arm is loose. Sometimes it's a minor issue like a loose nut that attaches the wiper arm to the linkage and in other cases it means the linkage is stripped.

In either case, if you notice this problem, you should have a certified mechanic inspect and repair it as soon as possible. While a loose nut is not a big deal, if gone unrepaired, it can cause the linkage to strip, leading to replacement of both the linkage and the wiper blade arms.

2. Wiper blades sputter while they operate

Your windshield wiper blades should be smooth as they rotate back and forth. They should also move across the glass evenly and remove an even amount of water or debris from the top to the bottom of the blade. If the linkage is loose or is beginning to fail, you may notice that the wiper blades "sputter" or hesitate during their operation. This could also be a warning sign of worn out wiper blades or a wiper blade arm that is bent.

3. Wiper blades don't move when operated

Another common side effect of a broken wiper blade linkage or the wiper motor is if the wiper blades don't move. The way to tell if it's a motor or linkage issue is if you hear the motor working, but don't see the wiper blades moving – it's the wiper linkage that is broken. This may also be attributed to the wiper arm being stripped from the linkage. In either case, it's important to have this problem fixed as quickly as possible by a certified mechanic. Driving with non-working wiper blades can be a "fix-it-ticket" in many US states, but most importantly, is a huge safety issue.

4. Wiper makes a grinding noise

Finally, if you notice that your wiper blades make a grinding noise as they move across your windshield, it's likely that the linkage is causing this noise as opposed to the windshield wiper blades themselves. This can occur if the blade arm is attached too tight to the wiper blade linkage and is causing the gears in the wiper blade motor to grind. If gone unchecked, it can cause the wiper motor to burn out prematurely.

The successful operation of your vehicle's wiper blades is very important. For this reason, if you notice any of the above warning signs or symptoms, contact a local ASE certified mechanic so they can inspect your wiper blade linkage for damage and make the appropriate repairs if needed. Be proactive about your wiper blade maintenance and the potential of this type of damage will be reduced significantly.

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Jonathan

19 years of experience
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Jonathan
19 years of experience
Didn't over-fix, only did what was needed. Also offered good advice. Kept me well updated about his timing/schedule/arrival.
2000 CHEVROLET BLAZER - WINDSHIELD WIPER LINKAGE REPLACEMENT (FRONT) - DENVER, COLORADO

Chris

17 years of experience
251 reviews
Chris
17 years of experience
Chris is super nice! I really enjoyed our interaction. He also replaced some screws I lost, out of his own supplies. Would absolutely recommend to a friend.
2007 HONDA FIT - WINDSHIELD WIPER LINKAGE REPLACEMENT (FRONT) - PORTLAND, OREGON

Damian

8 years of experience
200 reviews
Damian
8 years of experience
Damian Johnson brought a long running saga to a successful conclusion by succeeding in fixing the windshield wiper mechanism on our 20 year old car after our regular maintenance people had failed and given up. He was resourcefull, pleasant and knew what he was doing. Damian went well out of his way to ensure success with a minimum effort on our part. We are extremely thankful for his job well done.
1997 FORD CONTOUR - WINDSHIELD WIPER LINKAGE REPLACEMENT (FRONT) - GARRETT PARK, MARYLAND

Brikk

15 years of experience
233 reviews
Brikk
15 years of experience
Brikk was prompt, efficient and competent. When one of the original estimated parts was not required he did not install it anyway. He was honest about was was needed to make the repair which built a layer of trust.
1993 PLYMOUTH GRAND VOYAGER - WINDSHIELD WIPER LINKAGE REPLACEMENT (FRONT) - CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA

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