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How much does it cost to replace a windshield wiper linkage?

The repair cost to replace a windshield wiper linkage is generally around $300 to $400, with parts totaling anywhere from $200 to $300 and labor costs of $100 or more.
How long does it take to replace a windshield wiper linkage? For a windshield wiper linkage replacement, you can expect wait time of one to two hours.  As this is a more in-depth automotive repair, times may vary. 
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my windshield wiper linkage replacement?

For a windshield wiper linkage replacement, not all of these parts will need to be repaired. However, it’s important to note their cost and function in the event they do need servicing.
  • Windshield wiper blade: The wiper blade makes continuous contact with your windshield via the wiper arm in order to keep it clean and increase your driving vision. As windshield wiper blades come in various brands and sizes, they can cost anywhere from $15-$40.
  • Windshield wiper arm: Made of either steel or aluminum, windshield wiper arms are able to perform optimally in extreme weather conditions and last for an extended period of time. To replace your windshield wiper arm, you can expect to pay between $30-$80.
  • Windshield wiper linkage: Windshield wiper linkages move your windshield wiper arms in a synchronized manner using the control module. As a vital part of your wiper system, the windshield wiper linkage may cost around $50-$200. 
Some popular windshield wiper linkage brands include Dorman, Mopar and Crown Automotive. You can buy windshield wiper linkage parts from local auto parts stores such as AutoZone and Advance Auto Parts, or from online retailers like Amazon or eBay.
When it comes to windshield wiper linkages, it’s recommended that you purchase OEM products. While aftermarket parts save money, OEM products will last longer, have better durability, and you can be sure it will be the right part for your vehicle. 
Plus, OEM wiper linkages are covered under your manufacturer’s warranty, so if they break, they can typically be replaced for free, or your repair costs can be waived.
Some popular windshield wiper linkage brands include Dorman, Mopar and Crown Automotive. Windshield wiper linkage replacement parts can be purchased at most auto repair shops and auto parts stores, like Dorman Products, Autozone and Advance Auto Parts. Other options include online sellers, like Amazon, and eBay. Refer to your owner’s manual before purchasing to make sure you have the right linkage for your wiper arm, wiper blades, and vehicle.

Where can I get my windshield wiper linkage replaced?

Most car repairs require the help of a licensed mechanic, and if you don’t already have one on call, then it can be a challenge to find a new one. Luckily, with Jerry's
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How will a mechanic replace my windshield wiper linkage?

To replace your windshield wiper linkage, your mechanic will most likely follow these steps after conducting a routine inspection of your wiper system:
  1. Move wipers to highest position: Before beginning the linkage assembly, your mechanic will turn both your wipers and the ignition on. They will stop the wipers at their highest point, and then turn off the motor. 
  2. Disconnect negative battery cable: As with any car repair requiring electrical maintenance, your mechanic will most likely disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent electrical shock or injury.
  3. Remove wiper arm nut cover and retaining nut: Next, the wiper arm nut cover is removed using a flathead screwdriver. Then, the retaining nut is taken out using a ratchet, extension, and socket.
  4. Remove wiper arm: The windshield wiper arm is then removed from the linkage stud to expose the linkage. 
  5. Remove cowl: Once the arm is removed, two overlapping cowl halves—which are secured with screws or clips—are exposed. These will also be taken out using a flathead screwdriver.
  6. Remove motor electrical connector: By pushing down on the motor electrical connector (or windshield wiper motor), your mechanic will be able to slide it out and unhook it from your vehicle.
  7. Remove linkage motor assembly bolts: Next, your linkage assembly mounting bolts will be unscrewed and the linkage will be disconnected from the motor. 
  8. Connect new linkage: Finally, your new linkage will be installed onto the motor and mounted back in the vehicle. The same steps will be repeated in reverse order to ensure all parts are correctly re-installed.
  9. Test and refill: Lastly, your mechanic will test your wipers for performance. In some cases, your mechanic may also refill your washer fluid before completing your service. 

What happens if I don’t replace my windshield wiper linkage?

Failure to replace your windshield wiper linkages when they are damaged or faulty can not only result in low visibility, but can also lead to the following complications:
  • Damaged windshield 
  • Damaged wiper blades and arms
  • Damaged windshield wiper motor

What is a windshield wiper linkage?

The windshield wiper linkage is a key component to your wiper system as it helps to move your wipers via the control module. Without a properly working wiper linkage, your wiper blades can’t move in a synchronized manner, and eventually, your blades will stop working. 

When should I replace the windshield wiper linkage on my car?

Windshield wiper linkages should be replaced if you experience any of the following symptoms: 
  • Out of sequence blades: Your linkages are the main reason your blades can operate in sync—and if they’re not, it might be time to inspect your linkages. With a faulty linkage, your blades won’t be able to effectively clear the water, dirt, and snow that hit your windshield, thus reducing your visibility.
  • Sputtering blades: Worn out linkages can cause your wiper blades to ‘sputter’ or jump, rather than glide across the windshield, resulting in low visibility or a scratched windshield.
  • Inoperable wiper blades: Sometimes the opposite happens—your blades don’t move at all. While this can be the result of a broken linkage, it could be the sign of a deeper motor issue. Either way, it’s best to inspect your windshield wipers as soon as possible.
  • Grinding noise: Grinding noise can mean that the blade arm is too tight on the wiper linkage, making the gears in the wiper motor grind. If unchecked, it can cause your car’s wiper motor to burn out. 

How often should a windshield wiper linkage be replaced? 

Wiper linkages are designed to last the lifetime of your vehicle. However, there are factors that can cause premature damage, including climate change, a build-up of snow, or overuse. If you suspect that your windshield wiper linkage is faulty or damaged, it’s recommended to have it inspected by a nearby mechanic.

Can I replace the windshield wiper linkage myself?

Yes—if you’re confident in your DIY skills and car repair knowledge. This is a rather large task that requires a mid- to intermediate level of car maintenance and repair. If you’re unsure of which steps to take, it’s best to call a mechanic for additional help. 

FAQs

Wiper systems consist of four main parts: the wiper switch, linkage, arm, and fluid reservoir. These components all connect to the wiper motor, which helps to clear your car’s windshield from debris, snow, and rain.
Most vehicles today use single motors on their front windshields, but others may come with a rear wiper motor as well.
No, you can’t drive with broken windshield wipers. A properly working windshield system is required to legally drive on the road, as they help increase driver visibility. Driving with a broken windshield wiper system can be classified as ‘careless driving’ and you can be fined.
While a rear wiper isn’t legally required, it does increase your overall visibility while driving and reversing, thus increasing your safety. Most motor vehicles sold in the US are mandated to have rear wipers by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS), but it’s not illegal to not have one.

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