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HOW TO REPLACE THE SCREEN WIPER ASSEMBLY

HOW TO REPLACE THE SCREEN WIPER ASSEMBLY

by Ed Evans, 2nd July 2016

How to

Noisy or inefficient wipers are easily cured by replacing the mechanism and/or the motor, as Ed Evans shows.

When Mrs E’s Freelander 1 develops the slightest rattle or squeak, urgent attention is demanded, regardless of whether I declare the offending noise as being immaterial to the running of the vehicle, or that something far more serious has dropped off one of my own trucks. In this case, the very slight squeak was coming from the screen wipers and, after confirming it wasn’t simply a dodgy wiper blade, I decided it needed to be eliminated on safety grounds. Any noise or loose or jerky movement from the screen wipers on any Land Rover means that trouble is developing, so the sooner it’s fixed, the better, because if the wipers fail in foul weather, the car becomes instantly undriveable.

TIME: 3 HOURS COST: FROM £110

PARTS USED:

I bought the new wiper motor and the link assembly mechanism from John Craddock Ltd
• Wiper motor (DLB101532): £26.88
• Link assembly (DLS100100): £71.94
 
As an alternative to the link assembly, a pushrod set comprising the two links with joints, is available from Wipex Ltd for £29.85
 


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STEP 1
STEP 1

REMOVING THE ASSEMBLY: After removing the trim cap and the nut beneath from each wiper spindle, the wiper arms are gently eased up and off using two screwdrivers.

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STEP 2
STEP 2

Six plastic fasteners hold the rear of the scuttle. Use a thin screwdriver to raise the central pin, lifting it equally all around…

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STEP 3
STEP 3

… then pull the central pin and the complete fastener should lift out. They break easily so it’s worth having a few spares for refit.

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STEP 4
STEP 4

Five small plain plug fasteners along the front of the scuttle can be levered out, working between the body and the rubber seal.

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STEP 5
STEP 5

The scuttle can now be lifted over the wiper spindles then, bending it slightly to clear the bonnet hinges, it’s lifted out forward.

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