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bbottomley 03-10-2006 12:25 PM

Windshield wiper clunk
 
Has anybody been able to do something to muffle the annoying clunk sound when the windshield wiper reverses its stroke? The sound at the top position is by far the louder of the two.

Peaty 03-10-2006 12:38 PM

Have you tried another brand of wipers? The holder and rubber? I wonder if your holder is getting worn? My Icons don't have holders in the traditional sense so they seem pretty quiet.

SenorSubie 03-10-2006 12:39 PM

So my friend isn't the only person in the world who notices it..

I don't know of a fix, doesn't bother me

I have a feeling peaty will

are you talking about the mini-blinker sound?

SuperRu 03-10-2006 01:58 PM

Recently when washing the 98S, I noticed that there is a lot of play in the windshield wipers. I can easily move them up and down 3". I don’t think that play was there years ago. My 04 doesn’t have any play in the windshield wipers when parked. I suspect something is either loose or worn. I need to look into it this weekend.

SenorSubie, does your 99 have 3" of play in the windshield wipers when parked?

SenorSubie 03-10-2006 06:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SuperRü
SenorSubie, does your 99 have 3" of play in the windshield wipers when parked?

I just got a funny look from my neighbor who happend to be out for a walk, and seeing me in my pajama's checking my windshield wipers.. :|

and yes, I can move them about 3"

SuperRu 03-12-2006 11:51 AM

Today, I took apart the wipers on our 98S in search of the excess play in them. I could easily move the wipers up and down 3" when parked. They worked OK, but this play didn’t seem right.

I discovered the wiper motor arm and wiper link joint had a lot of play in it. The wiper link arm had slid off the white plastic bushing and was free floating off the bushing. I think that the bottom black rubber bushing has weakened with age and no longer holds it in place. Or possibly the bushing has just plain worn out. This week I will try and order new parts to see how they are any different and update this post.

My solution for now is to add a washer/spacer . By adding this the wiper link arm now stays on the bushing as it is supposed to do. The wipers now have no play in them just like new. There is nothing hard in this procedure, definitely a DIY item.

http://www.diditmyway.net/SuperRuPic...ers/Wiper1.jpg
http://www.diditmyway.net/SuperRuPic...ers/Wiper2.jpg
http://www.diditmyway.net/SuperRuPic...ers/Wiper3.jpg

Wiper Assembly PDF

SenorSubie 03-12-2006 11:55 AM

I wonder if....

I'll be right back after my examination

bbottomley 03-12-2006 12:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SuperRü
My solution for now is to add a washer/spacer . By adding this the wiper link arm now stays on the bushing as it is supposed to do. The wipers now have no play in them just like new.

A good piece of detective work. Does this do anything to the clunk?

SuperRu 03-12-2006 01:01 PM

Our 98 didn't clunk, it was just sloppy. Any clunkers want to give this a try. :wink:

SuperRu 03-27-2006 02:35 PM

Just a quick update. Those parts are not available separately. You have to buy the whole arm assembly. We will see how this solution holds up in the long run.

PDSF 01-24-2008 03:14 PM

Hey, I'm a new member who joined after finding this thread. I also cross posted to another thread so please forgive me. I am having the clunky, loose wipers problem also, and in fact the last two passenger side wiper blades have busted off from hitting the base of the windshield. I'd like to do the repair described above, but I'm a little auto body challenged. How do you get the plastic shroud off to expose the wiper assembly? I see some triangular cover plates in the corner, which seem to be held on with rubber plugs but I'm afraid I'll tear the plugs when I try to pry them out. I get that the wiper arms have to come off before the shroud can be removed :icon_idea: Any help would be awesome as it is raining like crazy around here. TIA.

papaxris 11-16-2009 11:38 AM

Thank You!
 
I encountered this VERY problem with my 03 WRX. The bushing on the left-side ball link was worn out, meanwhile the right-side link was in perfect condition no slack/slop whatsoever.

I took the free/cheap approach to fix this problem as well, as I did not want to fork out any cash for the whole assembly just to fix a bushing problem.

I ended up using a brass washer and two stainless steel shims to fill the gap ( I also applied grease for lubrication). I then re-installed the plastic cap on the ball joint and there is no play whatsoever. I just did this over the weekend, but I don't have any doubts about longevity. I feel that the brass washer and SS Shims will hold up much better than the cheap plastic bit.

My question to everyone that has dealt with this is: Was it the left or right ball joint plastic washer that had the problem? I'd like to see if its a common problem with the same side.

I also feel like Subaru sold-out on the wiper mechanism by using these cheap plastic parts. Perhaps using a bronze spacer and/or a sealed bearing would have worked better. From my research this is a VERY common problem among the Impreza groups, but I found the washer solution here first and that's why I became a member of this forum to give my gratitude and support. Comments and questions are welcomed.

Quote:

Originally Posted by SuperRu (Post 30583)
Today, I took apart the wipers on our 98S in search of the excess play in them. I could easily move the wipers up and down 3" when parked. They worked OK, but this play didn’t seem right.

I discovered the wiper motor arm and wiper link joint had a lot of play in it. The wiper link arm had slid off the white plastic bushing and was free floating off the bushing. I think that the bottom black rubber bushing has weakened with age and no longer holds it in place. Or possibly the bushing has just plain worn out. This week I will try and order new parts to see how they are any different and update this post.

My solution for now is to add a washer/spacer . By adding this the wiper link arm now stays on the bushing as it is supposed to do. The wipers now have no play in them just like new. There is nothing hard in this procedure, definitely a DIY item.

http://www.diditmyway.net/SuperRuPic...ers/Wiper1.jpg
http://www.diditmyway.net/SuperRuPic...ers/Wiper2.jpg
http://www.diditmyway.net/SuperRuPic...ers/Wiper3.jpg

Wiper Assembly PDF


rowdyraven 11-30-2009 05:35 PM

Hey, I have a 2000 Forester with the clunking wipers. Did the washer replacement remedy the clunking problem?

Thanks,
Rowdy

BraveLittleToaster 07-07-2010 10:09 PM

Grommet Fixes 'Wiper Clunk'
 
This is a DIY fix for a dollar. The white plastic caps that join the wiper arms together in the wiper assembly commonly wear and break under normal use. 1984 - 1986 Honda CRX and Civics also used these plastic caps for a short time - much to my dismay. In my 2000 Subaru Legacy and Subaru Forester (should work on 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 models as well), there is an easy DIY solution that will take care of the excessive play in the wiper travel, as well as the common 'wiper clunk'.
Head over to your local auto parts store an purchase a PCV Valve grommet for a Toyota. Part number 42058. These are only a dollar, and are normally stocked on the shelf. If you put the phrase 'pcv valve 42058' into to Google Image Search you will see what I mean. I’m attaching a picture as well.
For installation, gain access to the wiper assembly, I recommend removing the entire assembly (arms and motor) from below the black trim piece under the windshield. Inspect all the joints. If you have a loose joint, remove the white plastic cap and the arm from the ball joint. Slide the PCV Valve Grommet over the ball joint and press the arm into the grommet. This is now a perfect, snug fit. Wiper blades slamming into the car is a thing of the past.

bbottomley 07-08-2010 05:31 AM

Wow, this is one of the best intro posts I've seen here! Welcome, and thanks for the good info.

As an anti-spam measure, new members are restricted from posting links (such as to a picture site) till they've accrued 15 posts, but you can attach pictures directly by means of the Additional Options box at the bottom of the compose or advanced edit pages.

Now head over to the New Member Introductions Forum and tell us more about yourself and your ride. Glad to have you here.


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