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    Windshield wiper linkage

    This winter the plastic bushings holding my wiper linkages finally disinagrated after 36 years! I have tried and tried to get this sucker back on to no avail! When I finally think I have them on they end up falling back off. Any suggestions?

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    Did you replace the plastic bushings?
    When they pop into place the stay unless you try to twist the linkages when installing them. It should all fit easily into place without any twist.
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    Yes. It's the plastic bushings I'm having a hard time getting to stay in place, I have them attached to the linkage and then trying to get that into place where its sup posed to hook on. I can usually get the passengers side on but as soon as I try to hook up the drivers side it will fall off. It's just so hard to get a good grip on it to push it on tightly with the angle, that and I have scrawny girl arms lol.

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    Ive found its easier to assemble it all out of the car, then install as a unit.
    A very thin film of white lithium grease on the metal ball doesnt hurt either. Not too much or it makes it even harder!
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    I've heard doing it that way is easier, although I've never disassembled wipers before so I am a bit hesitant to rip it all apart. I haven't found much info on disassembling it for the volare/aspen and the repair manual doesn't cover it.

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    You have to press those bushings in with pliers or a socket and a hammer.
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    If you disconnect the linkage from the motor and then remove the pivot nuts (under the wiper arms) the whole works drops into the cowl and then it can be maneuvered out. I second or third the motion, trying to pop them on inside the cowl is all but impossible unless you have the steel grip of Superman, which I don't anymore. Over 32 years being an auto tech has taken it's toll.

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    I sure am glad you have this information posted because my linkage to the passenger side fell off the other day and I was not sure how to go about fixing it. I figured it had the plastic bushing but it's so far under the cowl I couldn't see it. I'm going to do like you said and drop the whole mess out, put in the new bushing, and then reinstall everything. Thanks,

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