Windshield wiper clunk - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
Contributing Member
 
bbottomley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New London, NH
Posts: 17,209
Car Year: 2018
Car Model: 2.5i Premium
Transmission: CVT
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
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.


2.5i Premium CVT - Me 2018, She 2016 ● Robin-Subaru Powered Generator
bbottomley is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 12:38 PM
The Modfather
 
Peaty's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Lawrence, KS - Rock Chalk
Posts: 8,097
Car Year: 2016
Car Model: BRZ Limited - Manual
Transmission: 6 Speed Manual
Feedback Score: 10 reviews
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.


Peaty

2016 BRZ, 2010 Leg 3.6 R, 2013 OB, 2001 Forester S and 1999 Miata
Peaty is offline  
post #3 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 12:39 PM
#8 Post ho
 
SenorSubie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Eau Claire Wisconsin
Posts: 2,460
Car Year: 1999
Car Model: Subaru Forester
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
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?

99 AT-
wrx goodies
Subiegal Gauge Pod
SenorSubie is offline  
 
post #4 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 01:58 PM
admin
 
SuperRu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Little 5 Points (Atlanta, GA)
Posts: 6,288
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: XT
Transmission: 4EAT
Garage
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
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?

His...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 3 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Hers...19 Outback Limited 3.6R
Our daughter...07 OB
SuperRu is offline  
post #5 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-10-2006, 06:40 PM
#8 Post ho
 
SenorSubie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Eau Claire Wisconsin
Posts: 2,460
Car Year: 1999
Car Model: Subaru Forester
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
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"

99 AT-
wrx goodies
Subiegal Gauge Pod
SenorSubie is offline  
post #6 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-12-2006, 11:51 AM
admin
 
SuperRu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Little 5 Points (Atlanta, GA)
Posts: 6,288
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: XT
Transmission: 4EAT
Garage
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
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.





Wiper Assembly PDF

His...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 3 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Hers...19 Outback Limited 3.6R
Our daughter...07 OB
SuperRu is offline  
post #7 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-12-2006, 11:55 AM
#8 Post ho
 
SenorSubie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Eau Claire Wisconsin
Posts: 2,460
Car Year: 1999
Car Model: Subaru Forester
Feedback Score: 3 reviews
I wonder if....

I'll be right back after my examination

99 AT-
wrx goodies
Subiegal Gauge Pod
SenorSubie is offline  
post #8 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-12-2006, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
Contributing Member
 
bbottomley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New London, NH
Posts: 17,209
Car Year: 2018
Car Model: 2.5i Premium
Transmission: CVT
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
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?

2.5i Premium CVT - Me 2018, She 2016 ● Robin-Subaru Powered Generator
bbottomley is offline  
post #9 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-12-2006, 01:01 PM
admin
 
SuperRu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Little 5 Points (Atlanta, GA)
Posts: 6,288
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: XT
Transmission: 4EAT
Garage
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
Our 98 didn't clunk, it was just sloppy. Any clunkers want to give this a try.

His...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 3 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Hers...19 Outback Limited 3.6R
Our daughter...07 OB
SuperRu is offline  
post #10 of 59 (permalink) Old 03-27-2006, 02:35 PM
admin
 
SuperRu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Little 5 Points (Atlanta, GA)
Posts: 6,288
Car Year: 2004
Car Model: XT
Transmission: 4EAT
Garage
Feedback Score: 7 reviews
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.


His...
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 3 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Hers...19 Outback Limited 3.6R
Our daughter...07 OB
SuperRu is offline  
post #11 of 59 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 03:14 PM
Forum Member
 
PDSF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: SF, CA
Posts: 51
Car Year: 02
Car Model: Forester
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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 Any help would be awesome as it is raining like crazy around here. TIA.

PD
SF, CA
98 Forester L (then)
02 Forester S (now)
PDSF is offline  
post #12 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-16-2009, 11:38 AM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Miami
Posts: 1
Car Year: 2003
Car Model: Impreza WRX
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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 View Post
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.





Wiper Assembly PDF
papaxris is offline  
post #13 of 59 (permalink) Old 11-30-2009, 05:35 PM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: north carolina
Posts: 5
Car Year: 2000
Car Model: Forester
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Hey, I have a 2000 Forester with the clunking wipers. Did the washer replacement remedy the clunking problem?

Thanks,
Rowdy
rowdyraven is offline  
post #14 of 59 (permalink) Old 07-07-2010, 10:09 PM
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Oregon
Posts: 2
Car Year: 2000
Car Model: Legacy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
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.
BraveLittleToaster is offline  
post #15 of 59 (permalink) Old 07-08-2010, 05:31 AM Thread Starter
Super Moderator
Contributing Member
 
bbottomley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: New London, NH
Posts: 17,209
Car Year: 2018
Car Model: 2.5i Premium
Transmission: CVT
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
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.

2.5i Premium CVT - Me 2018, She 2016 ● Robin-Subaru Powered Generator
bbottomley is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Subaru Forester Owners Forum > Technical Forums and Vehicle Assistance > Exterior and Body

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

 

Title goes here

close
video goes here
description goes here. Read Full Story
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome