Windscreen wiper spring clip fix.

8 years 4 months ago #60303 by Leigh Ping
Following on from the emergency zip tie fix that will get you home safely, I fitted a spring clip.



If you have to fit one of these in the rain, at night, miles from home then these pics and video will probably be a help as it can be a bit tricky. Unless you know how. ;)

Here's the 'get you home' fix that I had to fit when we went on the lakes run. Cheap and nasty. But it works... for a while at least.



The spring clip.



Start up the wipers with the ignition lights on. Then stop them by turning the ignition off. So that they end up pointing upwards like this.



In this position, more access is gained to fit the clip.



Slide the clip on. It will be 'tight' at first.



Push it on securely. However, it will probably spring out slightly when in use.



I found this position to be the most secure after testing.



Here's a video of the clip in use. I tested it out for strength and stability.



'The job's a good un.' :broon: [/color]
The following user(s) said Thank You: David Aiketgate, Yellow Peril

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8 years 4 months ago #60310 by Yellow Peril
That wiper arm is rubbing your 'heater' hose at each sweep, perhaps a slight adjustment may save trouble.
I know you can't see from above,
got a clip, hope I never need it,

I haven’t lost my marbles they are in a bag somewhere

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8 years 4 months ago - 8 years 4 months ago #60311 by Leigh Ping
That's true Ken. But as you can see it now takes quite a bit of pressure for it to pop off. That hose blows heat onto my washer water and keeps it from freezing or unfreezes it. If I still get trouble then I'll change the bore of the hose. Alternatively, I could use the trickier fix of drilling the wiper arm and inserting a nut and bolt. :o

Fingers crossed. :)

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8 years 4 months ago #60313 by Yellow Peril
Hi Leigh,
should you want to go 'proper job' I have dealt with these people and found them good.
stores.ebay.co.uk/McGill-Motorsports ,
I cannot do those small boxes thing

I haven’t lost my marbles they are in a bag somewhere

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8 years 4 months ago - 8 years 3 months ago #60314 by Leigh Ping

Yellow Peril wrote: I cannot do those small boxes thing

'Sorry, this shop does not exist.'

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You can't do links either Ken. :lol:

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8 years 4 months ago #60315 by Yellow Peril
Hangs head in shame, going to stand in corner.......

I haven’t lost my marbles they are in a bag somewhere

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8 years 3 months ago #60372 by Leigh Ping

Yellow Peril wrote: Hangs head in shame, going to stand in corner.......

Did you mean 'these people' Ken?

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8 years 3 months ago #60396 by Yellow Peril
Yes Leigh, [that's wot I sed, or thinks I did]

I haven’t lost my marbles they are in a bag somewhere

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8 years 2 months ago #66451 by David Aiketgate
Thanks for the update!:broon:

David
:shrug:

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8 years 2 months ago #66489 by midlife martyr
I normally take the view if it aint broke dont fix it but I wonder if fitting these clips before the problem occurs it would make the linkage bulletproof ?

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8 years 2 months ago #66496 by PQD44
The linkage ball joint is prone to disintegrating and then falling apart when you most need the wipers. It would probably enjoy giving way during a torrential downpour at 70 mph on full speed one dark night, so for the sake of a few quid is it worth fitting?

I'd say yes ...

mine did this



The driver side wiper parked itself in the vertical position.

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8 years 2 months ago #66498 by Leigh Ping

midlife martyr wrote: I normally take the view if it aint broke dont fix it but I wonder if fitting these clips before the problem occurs it would make the linkage bulletproof ?

Unfortunately, I already had the problem which I discovered months ago by accidentally brushing against the wiper arm causing it to drop off. :dry: Seeing how this is a 'general problem' with many of our cars, it might be worth a little test. If your wiper arm pops off with only a small amount of pressure applied to it, then it's not particularly safe, so it would be worth applying this fix for a few quid. Or, at least keeping one handy in the car.

The only guarantee is that it will always happen at the worst possible time. We were heading to our first meet in the Lake district and were literally two minutes from home when this occurred.

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Fortunately, I carry some zip ties so I was able to apply the video fix below.



There are some long term fixes - clickety click and some very expensive fixes can be bought, if you wish to go that way. Whichever way you choose. It's best to be prepared. :broon:

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