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post #31 of 59 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 05:06 AM
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Bumping the thread!

Well I finally tried this and it didn't really work, i think i trimmed the new bushing too much. I'll try another attempt and if that doesn't work im buying a new one!

I found a new one on ebay for 75 shipped ( not to bad since im in Canada) but i was just wondering if a new assembly would come with the rubber gasket and a new bushing ?

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Any chance people who have used Dorman part 49447 as a replacement bushing could chime in with the status of the repair? I've seen a number of posts on NASIOC on various Subaru models using this and a couple other Dorman bushing kits and have found a good number of people reporting failure again weeks to months later. With winter weather soon to be a factor here, I'm debating between $5 bushings or just new linkage. If there is a decent chance I'll be redoing the fix again a few months later I would probably just fork out the cash for new linkage.

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I did the fix in the springtime with the Dorman part and its held up great. I used some heat to soften up the clip and trimmed a TINY bit off to get it to fit okay. Before it cooled and hardened, I used pliers to pinch it back together nice and tight. Haven't paid it any mind since!

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I read this thread last night and it started me neurotically obsessing about it. I have to check and see if my 2003 has a thunk or not...........I really haven't noticed anything amiss but maybe it's something that I mentally adjusted to???

Oh joy: another DIYS project that I could potentially F up.........I love it.

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You'd definitely know if you had the thunk happening. Your wipers would not return all the way back to the bottom and the thunk comes from it whamming into the edge of the windshield. Highly annoying!

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Gotta check the wipers tomorrow on the Thanksgiving drive and see exactly what they do or don't do...........I know that they park properly at the bottom of the windshield........

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You'd definitely know if you had the thunk happening. Your wipers would not return all the way back to the bottom and the thunk comes from it whamming into the edge of the windshield. Highly annoying!
The wipers on my 03 XS Forester work fine i.e. return all the way back to the bottom, it's the bloody thunk that drives me insane when it rains.

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i haven't noticed any thunk but did notice my passenger wiper skipping some, so i replaced it at around 5 mo age. the new one is slightly worse. usually i notice the longer drivers' side one starting to skip first.

did anyone with the bushing problem have trouble with skipping passenger wiper blade at some point?

i did actually check it once by grabbing the base of the wiper arm looking for any "slop" but didn't think about the overall linkage.

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If there's any play or any thunking, the bushing will fail eventually and leave you with no wipers... Mine failed outright eventually. Fixed it with the Dorman 49447 part.

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Windshield wiper clunk

I have a 2000 foz and had the same problem. Used the same parts as in this thread but also added the addition of epoxy putty[jb weld] and attached the wiper arm, not the motor arm, to the white cap. Seems to be working fine so far. Lubed it with spray grase. Also found new wiper arm linkage set for less than 50 bucks on the net. They're is also a you tube video that will give you an idea what you're up against. There is an acess panel on the passengers side below the windshield. Pop one piece of trim and the panel and Viola. Access to the problem area.

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Did any one by chance find another solution to this problem, the Dorman kit isn't available here in the UK.
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Gonna take a stab at this myself ... I have about 3 inches of play and my windshield wipers slam into the bottom of the windshield ... and it is drivin me nuts ...

Not sure but I may just order parts for both solutions ...

Gonna be fun bc I am mechanically challenged to say the least ...
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Gonna take a stab at this myself ... I have about 3 inches of play and my windshield wipers slam into the bottom of the windshield ... and it is drivin me nuts ...

Not sure but I may just order parts for both solutions ...

Gonna be fun bc I am mechanically challenged to say the least ...
Are you sure it's not just a loose nut on the spline at the bottom of the wiper arm? If it's both wipers it's most likely the linkage bushings but worth a look before you dive in. Still in all it's not all that hard to do if you take your time.

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Are you sure it's not just a loose nut on the spline at the bottom of the wiper arm? If it's both wipers it's most likely the linkage bushings but worth a look before you dive in. Still in all it's not all that hard to do if you take your time.
Haven't seen you here for ages Peaty, how is it all going over there mate?
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