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    Default some advice please re: wiper linkages

    i have been told after my service that the car (03 plate 2.2 sri) has a worn wiper linkage and been quoted around 85 quid from dealer excluding fitment.

    but i am unsure of whether i need a whole new linkage or whether i could buy the wipex or storm push rods and that would solve the problem?


    please help a newbie out

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    Quote Originally Posted by sc0tty05 View Post
    i have been told after my service that the car (03 plate 2.2 sri) has a worn wiper linkage and been quoted around 85 quid from dealer excluding fitment.

    but i am unsure of whether i need a whole new linkage or whether i could buy the wipex or storm push rods and that would solve the problem?


    please help a newbie out

    anyone??

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    Yes, you could buy the aftermarket rods and then fit them when the bushes finally fail

    The VX part is an entire assembly, less the motor

    Mine failed without warning
    Called out the AA and they fitted a clamp which lasted two weeks
    The VX dealer had to order the part for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by m8internet View Post
    Yes, you could buy the aftermarket rods and then fit them when the bushes finally fail

    The VX part is an entire assembly, less the motor

    thanks mate. my wipers are banging back down too far and when they reach the top they nearly touch and the drivers one hits the skuttle so would i need the whole new linkage?

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    On a side note, if they insist you need the motor as well, you DON'T! the old motor fits fine.
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    I only had one side fail so fitted a temp fix of 2 tie wraps and it worked. That was about 3 - 4 years ago and they are still going strong.

    Sounds like you have a different problem though and might need a linkage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sc0tty05 View Post
    i have been told after my service that the car (03 plate 2.2 sri) has a worn wiper linkage and been quoted around 85 quid from dealer excluding fitment.

    but i am unsure of whether i need a whole new linkage or whether i could buy the wipex or storm push rods and that would solve the problem?


    please help a newbie out
    Check out the site in Search - Wiper Issues.....lots of advice on various issues with wipers........which I have also contributed as our 55 reg facelift has problems which I hope to resolve today...

    The mechanism on ours is the modified one with the white plastic caps on the ball joint pivots....and is OK

    A Local Vauxhall Dealership wanted £76.00 + VAT for the motor & £96.00 + VAT for the mechanism - less motor...& £340.00 + VAT for a steering wheel electronic control module (CIM I think it's called)..

    I bought a motor from a 'local' scrap yard specialising in Vauxhalls... £45.00 + VAT used.. or £55.00 + VAT a Brand new genuine Vauxhall one....which I bought....hoping it isn't the steering wheel control module...

    Yesterday I checked the motor out by un-plugging the existing wiper motor cable feed harness & plugging it into the new motor.....
    Then....Ignition On & BINGO every function of the wiper stalk now worked........

    Changed over planned for this afternoon weather permitting....

    A month of frustration of the front wipers & washers only working in fast speed wipe position.....but Rear wipe/wash was OK)

    Cheers

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    renewed my push rods,as 1 wiper stopped working when the joint come apart. i used www.wipex.co.uk cost £31.90. sometimes cheaper on ebay from same place. better than £85.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cranny 27 View Post
    renewed my push rods,as 1 wiper stopped working when the joint come apart. i used www.wipex.co.uk cost £31.90. sometimes cheaper on ebay from same place. better than £85.....


    Changed mine to the wipex rods just before xmas. Transformed the wipe action, no more overstroking & feels a lot smoother, etc.

    Got my wipex rods from ebay for £26.50 including delivery. Didnt have to remove the plastic scuttle panel to renew them, a bit fiddly but do-able.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sc0tty05 View Post
    my wipers are banging back down too far and when they reach the top they nearly touch and the drivers one hits the skuttle so would i need the whole new linkage?
    The bushes have worn
    Eventually they will cease
    You need to examine each to see which has worn
    It's not that easy to access
    It might be just as easy to replace the entire mechanism, that way it will easily last another three years

    If you are lazy, like me, ask them to order just the linkage without the motor
    Labour should be about 1 hour

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