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Windshield wiper arm scraping metal under the hood

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by RobertKJ, May 4, 2018.

  1. RobertKJ

    RobertKJ New Member

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    Hi,

    just wanted to hear opinions on this wear.
    Seems the wiper arm is bending to far upwards and scraping the hood as it passes.

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    Any known remedies?
    Only other mention of this i can find is two years back in this section of the forum.

    Regards
    - Robert
     
  2. Graffi

    Graffi Member

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    make sure the wipers are adjusted correctly. There is a mark on the windshield as to where the wiper should be set. We discovered one of ours was too low when on our first trip and our first rain. The service center sent out a roving mechanic to adjust it.
     
  3. kev1n

    kev1n Active Member

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    check to make sure the bolt holding the wiper is tight. its a spline + nut. i believe it was a 14
     
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  4. Tomilett

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    I have this too. It's the bushing in the wiper linkage is worn out, and has developed play. The spring pushing the wiper down causes the knuckle to push up, making it hit the underside of the frunk hood. I suspect that Tesla would offer a new wiper linkage but I'm going to get the bushing out and see if it's a size I can get my hands on and replace.
     
  5. Rayminster

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    Any update in this
     
  6. AustinP

    AustinP Member

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    Same issue.
    Ranger was here yesterday for the CCS upgrade, and I showed him the problem.

    He told me it's a known issue (described above by @Tomilett ) and Tesla proposes a new wiper assembly. Quoted about 600€ all in.
    I'm above 200.000km, so I guess this is normal wear.

    As this is only going to get worst, and eventually eat the aluminium and be visible, I'll have the repair done.

    If someone has a cheaper solution with that bushing, I'm of course interested.
     
  7. Tomilett

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    Hi all,

    sorry for the delay, haven't been on here in a while.

    yes - it needed a new wiper assembly and new wiper arm (the latter only because the black coating was scraped off, no mechanical need to replace it). Unfortunately they didn't seem to think a replacement bushing was possible.

    the new wiper assembly was £124 ($160) - I don't remember what the arm was but less than £50 I think. I just fitted it myself as it's pretty easy. I imagine (and based on @AustinP post above) the labour is a lot more than the parts.

    Tom
     
  8. AustinP

    AustinP Member

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    Thanks for the update.
    I had it replaced by the Tesla mobile service, but they only replaced the wiper motor/assembly, not the arm. It is indeed partially silver where it used to rub, but so be it. 600€ was enough money spent already.
     

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