What is the Windshield Wiper Linkage all about?
Windshield wipers give the driver a clear view of the road ahead. In order to clear rain from the windshield effectively, the wipers are synced up to move water off to the sides. In order to get power to the wiper arms and to keep the wipers synchronized, the windshield wiper linkage is needed. The linkage allows power from the wiper motors to get the wiper arms.
Keep in mind:
- Some windshield wiper linkages use many components, while others use as little as one bracket.
- Having more pieces may or may not make the wiper assembly more prone to breaking.
How it's done:
- The vehicle hood is raised and secured in the open position
- The wiper linkage bolts are loosened and removed.
- The wiper linkage is removed
- The new wiper linkage is installed and properly lubricated
- The wipers are tested for proper operation
When issues come up with your windshield wipers, it's commonly an indication that the windshield wiper linkage is broken or otherwise in poor operating condition. This should be addressed right away. When the mechanic is diagnosing the issue, he/she can inspect the wiper motor and the points at which the linkage attaches to the motor and wiper arms. If these spots have a lot of corrosion or are not in good working condition, they can be replaced at the same time to save time and money in the future.
What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Windshield Wiper Linkage?
- Motion of the wipers is out of sync
- Wipers pause or stutter when moving across the windshield
- Only one wiper moves
- Clicking or vibrating when wipers are on
How important is this service?
Windshield wipers perform a simple function, but they are integral to driving on the road safely. Whether you're in light rain or a downpour, driving with malfunctioning wipers is dangerous. It is important to have wiper issues addressed immediately.