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Old 31-08-2012   #31
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

Yes, in the end. My order had been lost. I rang, he apologised and got them in the post the next day. We're all allowed a little human error now and then.

I did do what I said with the clips, and it worked brilliantly. I just part-sawed through the metal, near the ends of the bars. The tabs on the clips just spring into the slots, so they'll never come off.

I did notice that the springs had got a covering of surface rust since I fitted them though. Nothing serious, but not good. I'll email the ebay seller suggesting they should be zinc plated or something similar.
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

did he chuck in some free wipers?
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Nope.
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i asked him too for good will
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

I've had a nice reply from the ebay seller that makes/sells the clips after I emailed about the rust on them. They say that they were intended for emergency short term use, so rust shouldn't be a problem. However, they are leaving some outside so they can see what happens for themselves.

I did reply to say that for the Croma (and possibly the Punto) these are a longer term fix. Due to the crap design of the mechanism, one of the sockets faces upwards so gravity is constantly wearing the lip of the socket and trying to pull it apart.

I'll update if I hear more from them. It would be perfect if they could make a zinc-plated or even stainless version.
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

Fitted Wipex linkage today. Minus 3 knuckles and 2 sq. ins. of skin.
Filled cups with white grease which made it a right squeeze to get the ball joint seated but I know its done. Got a pack of the disappearing plastic studs for a fiver from the factors. Whole thing is tidier (and quieter).
Owning a Croma must be worth at least an Honours Degree!!

Didn't use the clips as per Doofer as I expect the wipex items to last longer than my stewardship of Cromatology.
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

Quote Originally Posted by cjlar View Post
Didn't use the clips as per Doofer as I expect the wipex items to last longer than my stewardship of Cromatology.
Im glad my measurements worked then!

I just reviewed the dates of my previous posts, and the replacement rods lasted about 7 months. I then replaced them with new ones, plus the clips and so far they've been fine for 18 months (and still working and judder-free).

The problem is the combination of the socket facing upwards, plus the fact that the Wipex rods are heavier than the originals. Really Wipex should be bundling clips with them where the sockets face upwards. Gravity will beat friction in the end, and all your lovely grease will probably help it to fall off.

I have remembered about the rust issue on the clips though, from reading it. I will now hunt for some rustproof ones.

Edit: I've ordered four (2 pairs) of these for a tenner. Different design, diferent seller, zinc plated (yay!)...

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221282460295

I'll update this thread after I try fitting them.
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

Well just been driving back from a weekend away at Centre parcs coming down the M11 at 70mph in the pouring rain when, 'TWANG' no more windscreen wipers. pulled on to the hard shoulder, and after taking my life in my hands discovered the linkage had broken. Ended up on the back of a AA recovery truck... So have ordered the new rods and the clips, due here on Wednesday... Was one of the most terrifying experiences i have had while driving..
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

Quick question.. How do you remove the Black plastic trim to get access to the wiper Arms? Thanks
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

The Black plastic cross cut "screws" are a 1/4 turn and then they should pop out . A flat bladed screwdriver should provide the best lever if needed. But go easy!
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Thanks tarquin, I presume this is between the windscreen and the trim. Should the trim then push back in?

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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

Yes there are two sections you may have to remove both to get at the linkages as one overlaps the other.
While you are under there I would recommend changing the pollen filter and cleaning the drain tube from the top of the trim and cleaning out the flap valve in the bottom of the scuttle that allows the water to escape under the car .
A thread about this I started is on the forum, use "thread tools" at the top of the page to access it, there are photos` and lots of advice. Hope yours is not as mucky as mine!! ( Had to park under a sycamore tree, now thankfully gone:-)
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

Its how to remove the plastic trim from along the length of the Window screen that i need to clarify.
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

It just sits against the windscreen and if my memory serves me it has a few location points which marry up to the steelwork at the back of the engine compartment .
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Re: Croma Wiper Linkage Rods

OK thanks, i will have a better look over the weekend. And give it a pull and a push :-)
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