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Old 02-13-2006, 03:13 PM   #1
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Wiper Linkage Removal

I know I'm going to regret asking about this

How painful is it to get this out???? Considering I had my complete dash and heaer box out just a few weeks ago ........... and no doubt it would have been easier to do it then............ I am now kicking myself profusely.
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Old 02-13-2006, 04:17 PM   #2
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wiper linkage

Hope you have small hands!! I had to do this last year - replaced the wiper linkage. It's quite cramped in there but completely do-able. Good luck.
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Old 02-13-2006, 04:28 PM   #3
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U dont need to remove ur dash to pull out the linkage.the linkages comes out of the ventilation hole that goes into the cabin.
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:10 PM   #4
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I''ve removed the wipers and the squirrel cage fan and cover............ the wiper linkages seem to be jammed in there good as I could see how you "jimmy" them out of that space. The heater box looks to keep the passenger side from coming out. So I stood there like a donkey............ what's the trick of the puzzle guys to get the linkages out!??!!??!?!?!?!?
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Old 02-13-2006, 07:34 PM   #5
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wiggle

I wiggled the linkage out of there w/the motor still attached if I'm right. Can't exactly remember. This being done from the outside of the car. Like I said, it is a pain in the ass of a job.
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Old 02-13-2006, 11:51 PM   #6
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I had to remove my blower when i replaced my wiper linkage. And according to the haines manual that wasnt supposed to be enough. But since I dont care about my car, I wasnt worried if i broke a link or 2. But if you do care, I would suggest taking out the blower and everything it sits in. Give yourself a few hours to play with this. It took me 2 hours to do a half ass job. Hope the weather is decent where you are, or a nice warm garage to work in. I had to do mine in subzero temperatures.
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Old 02-14-2006, 08:03 AM   #7
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To remove the heater box, you need to take out the dash as that box comes out from the inside !!! There's no way that BMW designed this THAT BADLY is there !?!??!?!?!? I have a second heater box........... I think I'll have a closer look at it again................ but damn

Only reason I'm doing this is cause I picked up a mono full sweep wiper linkage for my E30 M3. If this becomes too painful, I guess I'll just sell it.
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Old 02-14-2006, 07:40 PM   #8
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sell the car cause you cant replace the linkage? just take it in to get it fixed. cost you tops, $200. But if i'm not mistaken, you have to go from inside the dash to unhook it, than under the hood to take it out completely
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Old 02-14-2006, 11:34 PM   #9
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sell the car cause you cant replace the linkage? just take it in to get it fixed. cost you tops, $200. But if i'm not mistaken, you have to go from inside the dash to unhook it, than under the hood to take it out completely

umm, not point out the obvious, but i think he means sell the mono linkage, not the car..... i cant ell if there is sarcasm but i hope there is lol
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Old 02-15-2006, 08:05 AM   #10
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I think I may have figured it out. Next time I'm at the shop, gonna give it a try. Have to disconnect the heat vents and snap off the top of the heater box housing................... all do-able from the front. IF not, I'll just torch the car.
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Old 02-15-2006, 04:03 PM   #11
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ball joint/control arm

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I''ve removed the wipers and the squirrel cage fan and cover............ the wiper linkages seem to be jammed in there good as I could see how you "jimmy" them out of that space. The heater box looks to keep the passenger side from coming out. So I stood there like a donkey............ what's the trick of the puzzle guys to get the linkages out!??!!??!?!?!?!?
I dont know the reason you are taking it out, but if its cuz ur wipers stopped working then:


Ive had this happen, the ball joint seperates from the control arm, the control arm flops down and gets jammed in a little nook in there if u use the wipers. trick is to get ur hand in there while reaching into window and flipping the wiper switch, when the arms moves a bit in mid stroke u can pull the control arm out of its jammed spot then use an elastic to hold it on the ball joint until you can get a new "ball joint rubber grommet thing". dont buy new wiper setup, im pretty sure you can just get a new rubber grommet to grip the ball on the control arm, they wear out. mind you my elastic has kept my wipers working for a year lol.


EDIT* you do this all from outside the car. just pop off one wiper and take the vent off, then get ur SMALL HAND or a wrench in there....find some 8 year old to do it lol.
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Old 02-16-2006, 06:47 PM   #12
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Ok............. *bows to the crowd*

I did it......... and now that I've got it figured out, is not that bad. Only thing is the two clips on the shroud of the heater box closer to the inside of the car........... firgit 'bout em. The plastic straps should be more then enuf anyways.
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Old 02-16-2006, 07:12 PM   #13
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umm, not point out the obvious, but i think he means sell the mono linkage, not the car..... i cant ell if there is sarcasm but i hope there is lol
reading it again, i see what you mean... sarcasm noted
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