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Old 29-10-2011   #16
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

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Came across these on ebay which would work as a temp fix

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WINDSCREEN...ht_2043wt_1185


Whilst on subject of wipers - having devils own job trying to find a refill for the rear wiper until I discovered it is the same one used on the Stilo, Multipla, Alfa 156, 159 and 147.

Now everyone has one.
That would have been useful as an emergency measure a few days ago, but it wouldn't eradicate the judder. There's no need for them now we have a proper fix. My Wipex rods arrived the day after ordering, so you may as well just fix it properly. 90% of the time is in removing the wiper arms and plastic gubbins to get to it.

For my rear wiper I got a blade of the right length from Wilkinsons for a couple of quid and transferred the rubber only to the old blade frame.
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

they look great,
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All fitted, working and super!

I cleaned the balls with cotton buds soaked in white spirit, squirted balls and sockets with white grease and ....
Yes but what about the wiper linkage???

Sorry but I'm such a sucker for a double entendre.

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Yes but what about the wiper linkage???

Sorry but I'm such a sucker for a double entendre.

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Wiper balls? Don't fancy yours much
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Just off the phone to Wipex and 5 minutes later my replacements rods are on their way, thanks for the link...
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Glad to hear they've got some business from helping me out!

Ooh - they've used my video of them working...

http://www.puntowipers.com/video%20croma.AVI

And my photos. Direct link to buy them...

http://www.puntowipers.com/page49.html
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

Bad news - the Wipex rods have failed. As with the originals, the one socket that faces upwards has worn and fallen off. As the Wipex rods are heavier than the originals, this has happened a lot quicker than the original ones.

This isn't Wipex's fault - it's a badly designed mechanism. Usually the sockets face downwards, so gravity helps to hold them on. The Croma (and the Punto at least) have one that faces upwards.

I'd say it's bad that something that works so hard depends on a bit of plastic that's held on by friction.

A new mechanism is 219.77 from Fiat. But that will still fail at some point, as it's a crap design.

So I've ordered a new set of rods from Wipex, as they now don't clip at all, just pop straight off. I've also ordered these...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/2610428233...ht_2099wt_1344

The ones linked earlier in the thread were for a Punto, and showed the original type of rods. This listing shows the same type of rods as the Wipex ones, so hopefully they'll all work together. The two clips may in fact be identical, as they're the same seller.

I've ordered four clips, and I'll fit as many as possible. Arguably only one is needed, but I've had enough of messing with it! Total damage about 50, including the Wipex rods and delivery.

If these clips fit then I'd suggest they're an essential for every Croma - original or Wipex rods. Otherwise you're just waiting for them to fail.

I'll update this thread with news when I fit them, after the parts arrive.
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did you email wipex and tell them? they probably would have sent new set for free
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did you email wipex and tell them? they probably would have sent new set for free
I emailed at first, no reply weeks later.

Phoned last week, told me to email details. No reply.

Not answering the phone today (tried 4 or 5 times).

I can't complain too bitterly, as my first set were free as I provided the measurements. I'd guess it's a part-time business run as a sideline.
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they are normally very good in the early days of punto ones id email and a new set would arrive next day foc, often with an upgrade of some sort so they do work to improve them all the time, and like to hear feedback to do this.
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

I got the clips today, but not the new Wipex rods, so decided to re-fit the Wipex rods I already have, together with the clips - just to get it running until the new rods arrive.

I'm pleased to say the clips are very very good. It's impossible to pull the rods off now, even though one of the rods has lost all its clipping-power - it just plops on and off without the clip. With the clip it's rock-solid.

There's a bit of play with the worn out rods fitted, but this will go when I get the new ones.

I found it was best to fit them at 90 degrees to the rods, not as shown on ebay, as I found that the wipex rods and clips won't go fully together if you try and assemble as shown. They are each different ways round to avoid clashes with anything else, but nothing is catching or rubbing.

I did have to remove the rubber seals to make space for them - otherwise the clip squeezes the rubber against the metal and rubs while it operates. Without the rubber there's very little added friction, even with all four fitted. The seals only seemed to trap water inside anyway, especially on the one ball that faces upwards.

I also found that it's easiest to part-fit the clips to the rods before fitting the rod - if you get the lip just past the penny-shaped lump on the top of the socket then you just have to ease the prongs on the other side of the clip back slightly before it pops on. They are reassuringly difficult to get on - they won't fall off.

So all is good - I'm confident that this is a solution. Photos attached.
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

I'm not having any luck with Wipex. Order placed 8 days ago, nothing received, no email replies, nobody answering the phone, their voicemail says "memory full", so can't even leave a message.

I'll leave it a bit longer before I apply for a refund via Paypal. It looks like Wipex have gone out of business. Either that or he's on holiday but didn't bother to tell anyone on their website. I think it's a one-man business.

Interesting - the wipex shop on ebay is still running, and people have left feedback very recently. I don't know what's going on then. I've sent a message via ebay messaging asking whether Wipex has gone out of business.
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i didnt get a reply to my email either, very unusual, i think there is more than 1 person as ive had emails signed ken and odell before
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Panic over - he's emailed to say he's on holiday, back Friday. He did say his site stated this - I haven't seen anything.

Presumably the ebay shop is either just someone else selling from stock, or it's delayed feedback from people who were waiting to leave feedback after fitting.

The wipers are still working fine with worn out rods and those clips. I'm going to try sawing a notch into the rods for the clips to lock into. Then it will be physically impossible for them to ever come off. I'll stick another photo up after I get the new rods and fit them. Then I'm certain the problem is permanently fixed.
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did this get sorted?
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