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Old February 22nd, 2015, 06:18 PM
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Wiper Arm Stripped Out

OK everyone, I think this is a simple one but want to make sure.

A while back I remembered that my passenger side wiper arm popped off while driving, which was kind of a surprise. I pressed the "latch tong" back in so it would catch the spindle and pressed it back on.

I pulled it off today just as a check as I am going to be driving up to Portland (1,000 miles or so) and wanted to make sure it was going to work OK. I noticed that the drive splines on the wiper arm look pretty degraded, to the point of being stripped.

I am having a hard time finding a picture of what they should be looking like, and if I need to get new drive splines as well on the bulkhead side. In fact, some of the pictures I found show a nut holding the wiper on, which I certainly do NOT have.

Can someone tell me if these are normal defender wiper arms? With my truck's complex history I don't know what it might be.
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 06:52 PM
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yes, those are the normal pieces. the knurled piece on the drive side is replaceable (small allen set screw). try that first - as its the cheap solution. if the wiper arm socket is stripped you'll need both.
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 06:54 PM
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I think those are adaptors that come off with a set screw. If so they are super cheap and easily replaceable.



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Trevor has them for $4.72 each
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 07:23 PM
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Yeah the spindles on the truck look fine, it's the wiper arm that needs some love.

I'll wait until we get to Portland and then have the whole kit (2 spindles and 2 arms) shipped to the hotel. I don't know how much PNW rain the current setup will handle....
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 07:27 PM
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Make sure you can remove the little screw from those things. I had to cut mine off.
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Old February 22nd, 2015, 08:54 PM
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I recently replaced both the spindle and the arm on mine as well, the play was definitely in the spindle but figured I might as well replace the whole shot at once. I had to drill out the set screw on both sides as they wouldn't budge. If you do this just make sure you don't drill too far into the bolt coming out of the bulkhead on the vehicle.
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Looks land even the wiper arms are quite inexpensive from RN.
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