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Old 09-08-2010, 02:51 PM   #1
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help! wiper linkage bushing disconnected

2000 ford focus: the rod that is connected to the wiper motor disconnected from the rest of the wiper linkage (at the end of the rod away from the motor). I got in there and tried to snap it back together, but when I turned the wipers on it disconnected again after about 5 seconds.

I really dont want to have to replace the whole wiper linkage system (whatever its called) because I know the problem is just that one bushing. Anyone have any advice? Can I buy just the bushing? How easy is it to replace myself? Would I be better off taking it in to the dealer? How much would that set me back? Edit: is there any way to rig this together not using the conventional parts/methods?

An unrelated question: my hood latch and cable are messed up and it takes a while for me to get it to latch. (the safety release doesnt work at all). In order to get the hood to latch shut I have to feed the cable back in where the release is inside the car. How easy is this to replace myself? Or how much am I looking at to take it to a mechanic?

Thanks in advance for your help!


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Ford lists the "wiper link assembly" as a single part: 5S4Z 17508 AA. And it's expensive. (My out of date parts list says $225. Phone your local dealer for an up to date quote.) The bushings aren't listed separately. If funds are tight, you might get a used one from the junk yard. I think anything you rig up probably wouldn't hold for long but it may be worth a try. Sorry, no suggestions there. Removal and replacement of the linkage is a definite DIY type job.

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Old 10-20-2010, 11:44 AM   #3
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Ford lists the "wiper link assembly" as a single part: 5S4Z 17508 AA. And it's expensive. (My out of date parts list says $225. Phone your local dealer for an up to date quote.) The bushings aren't listed separately. If funds are tight, you might get a used one from the junk yard. I think anything you rig up probably wouldn't hold for long but it may be worth a try. Sorry, no suggestions there. Removal and replacement of the linkage is a definite DIY type job.

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Thanks for the input. I finally got around to attempting the fix on my own. I got the piece I needed from the junkyard. I was able to attach the end of the new piece where I was having the problem, but now I cant attach the other end! Its just way too hard (my hands cant squeeze tight enough). I cant figure out how to wiggle the whole unit out (yes I unscrewed the screws - i can move it around a few inches each way, just not completely out of the little nook it is in). There are a couple metal parts of the frame making it seem impossible to get free. So I'm doing this all with the whole unit in place.

My question is: Any advice on how to get the whole unit out so I can maybe tap the end on with a hammer or something? Or is there some technique or tool I can use to squeeze the pieces together so they snap into place?

Thanks in advance for any help!
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