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Windshield wiper arm scraping metal under the hood

RobertKJ

New Member
Sep 30, 2016
3
0
Denmark
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
 

Graffi

Member
Apr 30, 2017
713
710
San Diego, CA
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.
 

Tomilett

Member
Jun 21, 2018
38
57
UK
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.
 

AustinP

Active Member
Apr 6, 2015
1,244
983
Belgium
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.
 

Tomilett

Member
Jun 21, 2018
38
57
UK
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
 

AustinP

Active Member
Apr 6, 2015
1,244
983
Belgium
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
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.
 

Zuikkis

Member
Aug 19, 2020
248
288
Finland
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

Hi! Where did you get the new wiper assembly for that price? Tesla list price is 490€, but that is the whole thing including new motor etc. It's not that expensive if you only need to do it every 200000km, but sounds a bit waste to replace bunch of working parts.
 

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