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Old 04-14-2012, 05:33 PM   #126
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:16 AM   #127
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Thanks. Figured it out. Buying a used linkage is the way to go. All in all a 30min job. Hopefully it holds up for a bit.



I went new. I think it was $80 or something.
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Old 04-16-2012, 02:01 PM   #128
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I went new. I think it was $80 or something.
I couldn't find the part new under $100 shipped so I gambled on this one from a part out...seems sturdy enough, hopefully last the remainder of this cars life.
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:29 PM   #129
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Im having a problem.with my wipers if anyone can please help me !

It was about a werk ago it was raining and i was using my wipers just fine. Parked the car went in to a store came back out and now they dont work. None of the speeds work at all and the only thing working is the window washer fluid it still squirts out but dosent wipe the window.

So i bought a wiper switch/module and replaced it yesterday and it did the same exact thing. I checked the wiper fuse and it is still good. My question is should i check the wiper motor to see if its getting power at all or has anyone had this issue that can lead me to the next thing i can do

Any info or help is well appreciated ! Would love to have these done before the next rainy day comes lol
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:57 PM   #130
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Just used this to fix my wipers. Thanks guys!
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Old 05-26-2012, 12:38 AM   #131
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does anyone know if 02-03 wrx wiper linkage vs 04-07 wrx have the same linkage?? they both have a different part number... But I remember while back I actually bought a used motor off of a 04 sti and worked without a issue can anyone confirm?

02-03 part # 86521FE010

04-07 part # 86521FE090
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Old 05-26-2012, 07:35 PM   #132
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The 04+ have a different mount, but if your motor is ok, just swap the linkage. That's what I had to do.

The linkage is the same length. If your motor is bad, you could swap the motor as well, but the complete 04 assembly will not fit on a bugeye.

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Old 05-29-2012, 04:04 PM   #133
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I used the kit from Advance: Motormite 49447, as suggested by Roy (http://www.partsamerica.com/ProductD...rtnumber=49447). Here's a pic of the bushing I used. All 3 will work, but I broke 2 out of 3 trying to make it fit. I finally got it to fit with the help of a friend holding the linkage arm while I took two channel locks and squeezed it in. Its a tight and safe fit. My wipers work like new again.


Roy, I got this to fit without clipping the ears


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Thanks Charles you method worked perfectly. 02 WRX

Much easier than the nissan links.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:10 PM   #134
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I have also been dealing with this problem since Dec. and decided to fix it today. The 49447 part kit worked like a charm, using the same one mentioned in this article. It is a bear to get in, but they're working like new now! 2.99 @ Advance Auto. Can't beat it(and I don't have to hang my arm out in the rain anymore! Bonus!)

I removed the whole linkage/motor system out of the car, and found the first joint bushing to be smashed. I used some vises on my toolbox to hold it, and used pliers to pinch while pushing down with a panel tool. Took a little bit of work and time(and a bloody knuckle), but it is VERY solid, especially compared to the rest of the joints in the kit.

Best of luck!
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:13 PM   #135
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About to embark on a wiper adventure myself. I've got an 03 TS with a lot of slop. I was wondering if i could get a follow up from some of the Dorman 49447 folks to see how it held up?
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Old 07-31-2012, 10:43 PM   #136
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My first repair lasted over four years before something needed replacing.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:16 AM   #137
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I have a 2002 Legacy Wagon. This fix works perfect. I used the Help 49447. It was hard to get it worked in to the arm, but once it is in, it is tight as a drum! I didn't bother putting a zip tie in.

The key is putting it in the right direction. I tried putting the cap through first, and it breaks off all the clips and wont work. If you put it through the other direction, it works great. Press the base of bushing through. Had to use a screw driver and needle nose pliers, and you might think it is impossible, but it will go. Just takes a lot of finagling.

Thanks so much to Roy and ImprezaVA. You guys are life savers!
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Old 01-16-2013, 03:03 PM   #138
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2003 WRX, my driver-side arm had lots of play.

I used the tabbed bushing from 49447 as it's the only one from that kit that would fit tightly. I used pliers, a flat-head screw driver, and a small pointy tool. I used the small pointy tool to get under the tabs and slightly bend them up and I used the pliers to squeeze and flex the four plastic sections at the bottom.

Using just my hands (wear gloves!) I forced one of the four sides into the linkage arm and used the pointy tool to get under the tabs and lift them so I could get the bushing lip down under the linkage. I'd turn the bushing and work the rest of the plastic under with the flat-head and the tabs over with the small pointy tool. Be patient and careful not to stab yourself. After I got 2-3 sections of the bushing in, I applied downward force on the bushing with my thumb and used the flat-head to shove the remaining section down under the linkage arm.

I didn't use a zip tie and I left the tabs since they're what keeps the arm from jumping off of the bushing.

Feels tight as ever now. Now to go buy a new wiper blade since the rubber tore while hitting the A-pillar, heh.
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:14 PM   #139
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just did this... heat and a pair of vicegrips made it wasy used the 49477 kit... now just gotta wait till it rains to really test it out. My old bushings were shot!!!!
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Old 02-17-2013, 08:06 PM   #140
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Just did this, kept two clips on with a zip tie, it's better but probably not quite perfect.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:38 AM   #141
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What would you guys consider to be the best wiper?
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:39 AM   #142
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PIAA silicon! I've had them on for 6 years now! Rubber is still soft and swipes just fine. Gonna get new ones cause the black has faded but other than that, they're awesome. O I also live in So Cal and the "wet" weather isn't that significant, but the heat is and they have held up. All my cars have them and I highly recommend them.
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Old 03-06-2013, 02:19 PM   #143
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I couldn't find the part new under $100 shipped so I gambled on this one from a part out...seems sturdy enough, hopefully last the remainder of this cars life.
nope. back to slapping. i'm going to buy a new assembly and call it a day...not worth my time or effort anymore to try and fix it on the cheap.

EDIT: $85 and 20min later my wipers are back to normal as good as new. Perfect timing since it is pouring like crazy today.

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Old 03-11-2013, 11:31 PM   #144
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If anyone is keeping track the 49447 worked on my 06 WRX. Will see how long it lasts but it seemed like it was in there pretty good. I trimmed one of the ears in my effort to figure out how to get it in, but could have gotten it without trimming if i was more persistent.
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Old 04-12-2013, 04:39 PM   #145
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Here's my take on the whole thing... such a PITA this was! If I never have to do it again, it'll be too soon. I forgot to add grease so I'll probably have to pull the wiper motor again and apply liberally.

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Old 04-17-2013, 06:52 PM   #146
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I just started googling wiper linkage issues and i found this thread. Seems like a common issue! I have an 05 Saab 92x. I don't have the 4-5" of slop you guys mention, but my linkage has popped off twice where it connects to the motor in the last few weeks. The second time happened half a wipe after I repaired it!

I'll probably just buy all 3 of the kits mentioned in this thread and keep the ones I don't use as backup.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:29 AM   #147
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I just started googling wiper linkage issues and i found this thread. Seems like a common issue! I have an 05 Saab 92x. I don't have the 4-5" of slop you guys mention, but my linkage has popped off twice where it connects to the motor in the last few weeks. The second time happened half a wipe after I repaired it!

I'll probably just buy all 3 of the kits mentioned in this thread and keep the ones I don't use as backup.
I'm having this issue on my '06 WRX wagon, hoping to fix it this weekend. Which method did you end up using?

PS I also have a 9-2x but since I bought the WRX the Saabaru will be up for sale sooon... Great car though, plus making the transition from a '05 9-2x to the '06 WRX is well... not too bad, haha.

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Old 05-18-2013, 08:28 AM   #148
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I'm having this issue on my '06 WRX wagon, hoping to fix it this weekend. Which method did you end up using?

PS I also have a 9-2x but since I bought the WRX the Saabaru will be up for sale sooon... Great car though, plus making the transition from a '05 9-2x to the '06 WRX is well... not too bad, haha.

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I haven't gotten around to fixing it yet, but I bought the 49447 kit. The car isn't being used right now, so I'm in no hurry to fix it, but I'll just follow the directions the others have posted in this thread.
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Old 05-30-2013, 09:10 PM   #149
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I did mine the other day, I just had the one that was on the back of the motor that was popping off. I did it quick and dirty, but I did notice that one of the other cups had been swapped out sometime in the past by a previous owner. With a little futzing, you can get the new cup through the rod with all the small tabs intact, but I broke one off. there's still some play now with the cup on the ball, but I'll try it like that until it fails again. Then I'll put more effort into repairing it next time.

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I did mine the other day, I just had the one that was on the back of the motor that was popping off. I did it quick and dirty, but I did notice that one of the other cups had been swapped out sometime in the past by a previous owner. With a little futzing, you can get the new cup through the rod with all the small tabs intact, but I broke one off. there's still some play now with the cup on the ball, but I'll try it like that until it fails again. Then I'll put more effort into repairing it next time.

As such things always go for me, my first attempt at repairing this didn't work. Worked fine when I tested it, but it lasted a wipe and a half once I got in to drive it (in the rain, naturally).

I just repaired it again by putting a tie wrap around the new cup on the backside of the tab. It's tighter than it was, but I still don't have high hopes.
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