Replacing Windshield Wiper Linkage Bushings
on a 1965 Plymouth Fury / Sport Fury
Mark writes: Changing worn wiper linkage bushings are not hard, What is somewhat complicated is how to access the linkage. If changing the door hinge bushings, now would be the good time to change the wiper linkage bushings since the hood and cowl cover need to be removed in either case.
- With an assistant or hood support pole, loosen the front bolt on the hood angle attachment bracket on both sides. Remove the rear bolt completely on both sides. (Note: When readjusting the hood at job completion, the front bolt controls hood adjustment up/down to get the hood/fender flat and even. The rear bolt is the for/aft adjustment.) With the rear bolts out lower the hood and let it rest on the radiator support.
- Remove wiper arms.
- Open the drivers door, at the lower windshield pilliar remove the phillips head screw attaching the rear of the lower windshield trim. Do the same for the other side.
- With a plastic trim tool, slip it under the lower chrome trim below the windshield and pop the trim clips to remove trim, there are four clips on each half. These are metal clips so dont worry about breaking them. (Note: once the lower windshield trim is removed the eight retaining screws underneath the trim can be removed along with the eight on the forward side of the cowl.)
- Disconnect the short arm at the wiper motor - 1/2 inch nut.
- Remove the two 7/16 inch bolts holding the left and right transmissions in the cowl.
- Looking at the cowl from the passenger side, slip the linkage assembly out the second cowl hole from the right, There are four accesses: you want the second from the right. You may have to jockey the transmissions around but it will all come out together.
- Transmissions are stamped L and R and also the linkage so dont get worried youll put it back together wrong. Take everthing apart and clean and paint.
- There are three replaceable bushings but its been my experiance you only need to deal with two of them: the linage that connects the left and right transmissions together.
- The factory flared these bushing in and youll have to use a Dremel and make a series of eight cuts around the flare side in order to remove the old bushing - not the base side. I believe this is why these bushing wore out since once flared there is very little contact area with the pivot stud.
- Note that the bushings are installed differently on each side and the replacements need to be installed the same way.
- The replacement bushings are: P/N 0435370 FFB-68-3 FlngBearing 3/8 inch ID x 1/2 inch OD x 3/8 inch Long. (Company name: Fastenal Web: Fastenal.com TP: 507-454-5374)
- Youll notice the base on the factory bushing is thicker and the replacement is not, No problem. The overall length is the same and what matters. We wont be flairing the new bushings in.
- Rough up the base side of the wiper arm with sandpaper. Mix up some fast setting J-B KwikWeld and smear it on the outside base lip of the new bushing, pushing it through the arm end of the linkage in the right position as mentioned earlier. Do the same for the opposite side.
- Once this has set up liberally apply Lubriplate (in a tube - not a spray can) to all pivot joints and reinstall metal clips. Ensure the nylon cage bearing gets lubed also.
- Reinstall everything in reverse order.
December 3, 2013
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