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Wiper arm removal

PostPost by: The Veg » Sun May 07, 2017 9:55 pm

Is there any special trick for removing these arms?
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PostPost by: mbell » Sun May 07, 2017 10:34 pm

Put the arms in the up position, then wiggle. Then curse a lot when they won't come of...
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PostPost by: mbell » Sun May 07, 2017 10:38 pm

P.s. They just spines, so once the arm us up you could lever them careful. Probably crusted up.
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PostPost by: elanner » Mon May 08, 2017 1:08 am

Mine have a little spring latch underneath the cap that covers the splined shaft. Kinda tough to see. Crank the arm up to 90 degrees and look under the cap. It needs a small screwdriver to pry the latch away from under the splines.

Without the latch the arm could fly off.

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PostPost by: Grizzly » Mon May 08, 2017 9:46 am

As above, it has a little latch that sits in a groove in the wiper mechanism spindle.

Sorry not the best picture but you can see the latch under the arm pivot, you need to carefully put a flat blade screw driver between the little latch and the wiper spindle then gently leaver up to release.
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Mon May 08, 2017 10:32 am

I suppose you could use one of these...
https://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/Item--i-RX ... 7Qod9NILrw
I tend to use a flat blade screwdriver a lever it off (carefully) :D
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Mon May 08, 2017 1:26 pm

KevJ+2 wrote:I suppose you could use one of these...
https://www.rimmerbros.co.uk/Item--i-RX ... 7Qod9NILrw

Aren't those pullers for the more modern type of wiper arm with a nut/stud fixing in the centre?
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Mon May 08, 2017 1:41 pm

Grizzly wrote:
KevJ+2 wrote:I suppose you could use one of these...
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Aren't those pullers for the more modern type of wiper arm with a nut/stud fixing in the centre?


I assumed because Rimmer Bros were selling them, they would be for older wipers, but yes, I think you're right...screwdriver it is then :lol:
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Mon May 08, 2017 1:59 pm

KevJ+2 wrote:
Grizzly wrote:
KevJ+2 wrote:I suppose you could use one of these...


Aren't those pullers for the more modern type of wiper arm with a nut/stud fixing in the centre?


I assumed because Rimmer Bros were selling them, they would be for older wipers, but yes, I think you're right...screwdriver it is then :lol:

I have a few of these http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BOJO-Plastic- ... xygPtS8i3Q they are good for removing trim etc without leaving witness marks but i'm not sure it would be strong enough to move the little latch (worth a go though as it doesn't tend to leave big scratches if you slip)
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PostPost by: wotsisname » Tue May 09, 2017 3:24 pm

A couple of layers of masking or insulation tape around the end of a flat blade screwdriver can be a useful tool... something to take the edge off.
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PostPost by: The Veg » Wed May 10, 2017 12:34 am

Thanks guys; I never spotted the latch. I'll give that a try soon. You've probably saved me damaging something! :mrgreen:
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PostPost by: The Veg » Thu May 11, 2017 5:50 pm

They came right off and I'm pleased to report that the splines are in excellent condition!

Follow-up question: is there supposed to be a gasket or seal of some type between the escutcheon and the body?
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Thu May 11, 2017 6:13 pm

Yes there is supposed to be a rubber seal/washer.

I bought mine from Rimmer Brothers (Same as the a few Triumph's) or the kits can be found at all the usual suspects or ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WINDSCREEN-WI ... SweW5VHR1~
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PostPost by: The Veg » Sat May 13, 2017 3:21 am

I suspected as much. There was nothing under one and some chalky black residue under the other that I figured had once been some kind of gasket.

Looks like I can get the gaskets from sources here in USA for about a dollar a piece but then another nine dollars for postage! Bloody hell, as small as the things are they could just put a couple of them in a letter-size envelope with a single stamp.
Lucky me though; today I was poking around the shelves in the workshop at the office and found some black sheet-rubber that had been left over from something long ago and never discarded. I'll make a pair of gaskets, FREE! :mrgreen:
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