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Windscreen wipers
« on: 14 October 2018, 12:33:09 »

My wipers have a habit when on of occasionally touching in the middle and as a result the passenger side flicks over. I think either a clip is missing or worn on the passenger side unit, but I am worried about damaging the screen.

Is the whole wiper arm arrangement available as a spare part, off the shelf? Where to source? OEM? Can anyone on here supply?

Anyone else had a similar problem?

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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #1 on: 14 October 2018, 12:49:36 »

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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #2 on: 14 October 2018, 12:55:16 »

inspect the clip ,if it's broke replace it
if you don't have a clip, buy new blades that have new clips
(winter is upon us ,so good to have decent blades to clear the screen)
arms don't wear
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #3 on: 14 October 2018, 14:16:16 »

arms don't wear
They do, they are a service item.  But rarely the at the blade attachement end ;D
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #4 on: 14 October 2018, 18:54:06 »

I've had a closer look now the deluge has ended. It appears the locking tab (clip?) is either missing or broken on the passenger side and maybe loose on the driver's. Do these tabs come with the blades?
Thanks for answers so far.
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #5 on: 14 October 2018, 19:03:23 »

Most blades come with a selection of clips to fit many applications  :y
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #6 on: 14 October 2018, 19:23:29 »

I've had a closer look now the deluge has ended. It appears the locking tab (clip?) is either missing or broken on the passenger side and maybe loose on the driver's. Do these tabs come with the blades?
Thanks for answers so far.
They do indeed. The plastic the clips are made from eventually goes brittle with sunlight, so re using them is ill-advised, not to mention pointless.

21" passenger and 24" driver. They're practically an annual service item :y
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #7 on: 14 October 2018, 20:21:17 »

I've had a closer look now the deluge has ended. It appears the locking tab (clip?) is either missing or broken on the passenger side and maybe loose on the driver's. Do these tabs come with the blades?
Thanks for answers so far.
They do indeed. The plastic the clips are made from eventually goes brittle with sunlight, so re using them is ill-advised, not to mention pointless.

21" passenger and 24" driver. They're practically an annual service item :y


Yes, bin them as soon as they start smearing the screen. Even expensive blades like Bosch don't cost enough to waste time on.
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #8 on: 14 October 2018, 20:59:09 »

I use to get GM ones for a few quid, but since tc went, I now use Halfords ones, cost bout the same, new set every year... Or you could go Lord Opti and pay 2.99 Inc delivery from ecp.
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #9 on: 15 October 2018, 06:28:47 »

Thanks all for your comments.
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #10 on: 15 October 2018, 11:27:24 »

Yup, replace the blades.  And replace again when they start smearing or making a noise when changing direction.  I find about 3-6 months from traditional types (which are better on Omegas) and about 9-15months from aero style (not great on Omegas).


If you have the stupidily daft auto wiper option on yours, with its ability to detect a single drop of rain within a 5 mile radius, half those estimates above.
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #11 on: 15 October 2018, 13:13:59 »

Whilst you suspect the clip may be at fault, it may also just be worth checking -
a) that the arms have been positioned correctly (especially the passengers) if they've been off previously (which is almost certain). If the passenger arm is too high, it can foul the drivers arm in worst case scenarios, especially...
b) if there is wear in the linkage, which is easily checked by just lifting the drivers arm slightly and seeing there is any noticeable free play in the direction of the sweep.
c) also whether the blades are the correct length.
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #12 on: 15 October 2018, 14:04:09 »

For the cost involved it's not worth faffing around.
If you have, or can get access to, a Halfords trade card the discount on wiper blades is excellent, and all the varieties I've used on several vehicles have been perfectly good enough.
I got mine simply by talking nicely (no other commitment involved, other than a promise to buy half the store's stock on a regular basis- ;D) to a bloke behind the service counter.
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #13 on: 15 October 2018, 15:49:16 »

All good advice thanks.
Propose to go to my local Halfords in the morning to fix.  :y
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #14 on: 15 October 2018, 16:27:46 »

All good advice thanks.
Propose to go to my local Halfords in the morning to fix.  :y
If you pay them to fit them , hope they get them the right way up  ;D
(sister in laws 206cc screen did not like them the wrong way up)
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #15 on: 16 October 2018, 01:43:09 »

Surely no one on here pays Halfords to fit a pair of wiper blades....?
Really?
Genuine GM ones would be my choice as I can still get them quite cheaply at my friendly VX dealer. The next alternative for me is Champion, as they were identical to the GM ones, apart from the GM / Champion stamp near the mounting clip. I do believe Champion made the GM blades at one time.
I have either Champion or genuine VX on my Omegas, and both makes perform well and last. The rubber in cheap and nasty blades grate and chatter on the screen and it annoys the t?ts off me.
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #16 on: 16 October 2018, 08:29:03 »

 I buy the GM ones by the boxful for the ABS club shop
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #17 on: 16 October 2018, 18:28:30 »

I buy the GM ones by the boxful for the ABS club shop
As did I when I had my MV6. Sadly, TBE has those stupid sensors, so gets the hopeless aeros.
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #18 on: 17 October 2018, 11:19:00 »

Well, I had a new set 'fitted' by a fit young fitter @ local Halfords and all seems OK now. She made my day.  :y
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #19 on: 19 October 2018, 23:02:21 »

I buy the GM ones by the boxful for the ABS club shop
As did I when I had my MV6. Sadly, TBE has those stupid sensors, so gets the hopeless aeros.

Why do rain sensors mean different wipers are needed ?  ???
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« Reply #20 on: 20 October 2018, 07:04:07 »

It's the water ;)
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #21 on: 21 October 2018, 10:01:16 »

I buy the GM ones by the boxful for the ABS club shop
As did I when I had my MV6. Sadly, TBE has those stupid sensors, so gets the hopeless aeros.

Why do rain sensors mean different wipers are needed ?  ???
The Omega ones spot a spec of rain in the air from 500 miles away, so the bloody things are always going on a semi-dry screen.  So the things are shagged in no time :(
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Re: Windscreen wipers
« Reply #22 on: 21 October 2018, 10:02:53 »

in addition, because they are always on and running on semi dry screens, the noise from traditional blades is enough to drive you insane, even before they are worn.
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