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Old 17-02-2011   #1
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Scuttle cracking

I've just noticed that there are cracks radiating from the mounting of the off-side windscreen wiper pivot on our son's W-reg Seicento. It's obviously metal fatigue, which I suspect is the result of the wiper mechanism being extended for the "conversion" to right-hand drive. The car's done 144,00 miles in rainy Devon but my Cinquecento Sporting had done more miles than that when I parted with it (for panda 100HP) and I don't recall this issue. Any other sufferers? Suggested simple remedies?
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I've just noticed that there are cracks radiating from the mounting of the off-side windscreen wiper pivot on our son's W-reg Seicento. It's obviously metal fatigue, which I suspect is the result of the wiper mechanism being extended for the "conversion" to right-hand drive. The car's done 144,00 miles in rainy Devon but my Cinquecento Sporting had done more miles than that when I parted with it (for panda 100HP) and I don't recall this issue. Any other sufferers? Suggested simple remedies?
Go single wiper? one of my cinquecento is like that.

What you could, is put a bigger washer under there to spread the load more

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Re: Scuttle cracking

is your car import then.. ?? would of been much easier to buy the RHD wiper motor
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is your car import then.. ?? would of been much easier to buy the RHD wiper motor
No - but every Fiat I've had - and I've had well over a couple of dozen - has shown some signs of being "converted" from LHD - bar from brake pedal to master cylinder, clutch cable, wiper mechanism, etc. I'm sure the wiper motor stays in the same place and cranks and levers are added to to operate the right-hand wiper.
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Go single wiper? one of my cinquecento is like that.

What you could, is put a bigger washer under there to spread the load more

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I think the big washer is a good first aid, and make sure the bearing's not stiff.
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Re: Scuttle cracking

You have the same problem as me except mine has completely gone and now need a new scuttle pannel .

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You have the same problem as me except mine has completely gone and now need a new scuttle pannel .

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Is really easy to convert to single wiper. All you need is another set of cinq/sei linkage for a longer throw by using the pivot that is for the passenger wiper.

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Re: Scuttle cracking

I did a single wiper conversion on my old sei. But I want to keep both on mine as 2 wipers is better than 1 slow moving 1.

Technically because I polish my glass I dont need a wiper at all at 30mph

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I did a single wiper conversion on my old sei. But I want to keep both on mine as 2 wipers is better than 1 slow moving 1.

Technically because I polish my glass I dont need a wiper at all at 30mph

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Hmmm mine one just as quick and as slow as 2 wipers :P.

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No - but every Fiat I've had - and I've had well over a couple of dozen - has shown some signs of being "converted" from LHD - bar from brake pedal to master cylinder, clutch cable, wiper mechanism, etc. I'm sure the wiper motor stays in the same place and cranks and levers are added to to operate the right-hand wiper.
the only cars that are not converted are jap cars (iirc) as they drive on the same side of the road as us... all Europe cars (other then British made) will been originally designed left hand drive
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single wiper will be the same speed as its still one rotation on the motor....
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But 2 keeps both sides of the screen clear whereas one will have to do both sides, hence why I say slower .

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the only cars that are not converted are jap cars (iirc) as they drive on the same side of the road as us... all Europe cars (other then British made) will been originally designed left hand drive
Exactly - and possibly Australian and Indian I think.
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Re: Scuttle cracking

Nope, Australia is RHD.

Todger, what stuff are you using on your glass?
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Re: Scuttle cracking

we had the same problem, got a large disc welded to the underside at both wiper pivots, happened at 40k miles after 6 years, FIAT said "no", so we had it repaired at our local bodyshop. But make sure that the wiper linkage is striped and re-built, cause the first time this was not done and 2 weeks later the crack returned, 2years on and its fine, touch wood
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