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97 nissan sentra windshield wiper linkage arm disconnected

The arm that goes to the driver side wiper has fallen from the center linkage. I have placed it back into position but after a short period of use it will fall out of the linkage. Does the entire arm to be replaced?

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  • moscovaa Jul 14, 2008

    I have a nissan sentra 96, basically the wipers work the same. I have exactly the same problem and I do not have a solution yet, but I feel that maybe the plastic bushing that goes to the wipers gear and the hole of the linkage has to be replaced. I did not try this yet.

    My e-mail is moscovaa@hotmail.com

  • icunvnme4myb Sep 27, 2008

    drivers side stop working but passenger side is still good. Do i replace plastic linkage?


  • Bkfinest Mar 04, 2009

    Driver side wipers dont wipe but passenger does... Im sure its the same problem.

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2014

    adjust wiper arms

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Most likely you will have to replace the wiper linkage from the center pivot to the left or drivers-side wiper pivot. The plastic piece in the linkage gets brittle over time and breaks down. To save a hassle in the future, replace both linkages. It should be under $20.00 for parts.

Posted on Sep 14, 2008

  • spam_sukz Sep 14, 2008

    I want to add to my previous post about the wiper linkage. You may be able to find and replace just the Windshield Wiper Linkage Bushings, the plastic pieces in the metal linkage. A set of four goes for around $5.00 online (minus shipping costs). This would save you money. Be sure to replace all four at the same time. If one wore out the others are close too. Your car is over ten years old and the plastic ages. I originally recommeded replacing the entire linkage arm, so that you wouldn't have to worry about pressing in a new plastic bushing and risk damaging the bushing in the process. Good luck.

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I have a nissan sentra where drivers side wind shield wiper don't turn but passagers side does. what is my problem?

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I had the same problem with my 1997 nissan sentra. I had the bushing replaced and my wipers are working fine. The bushings only cost about $5 at any parts store.

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I need a diagram showing how to access linkage for 96 nissan sentra
gxe both wiper blades stopped moving and I can hear it moving in the dash.

Posted on Jan 26, 2010

  • bak3rskat3r Jan 21, 2011

    go under the hood and remove the wipers. after you will have to remove the plastic that goes across the base of the windshield. to do that you need to pull out all of the little plastic pin like objects holding it in place. once those are out you should be able to pull the plastic right out and under that you will see an opening, in the opening are the metal arms that move the windshield wipers. you will immediatley see the problem once you look in there.

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The dealer told me the plastic sockets get old and brittle with age and just like the other answered, it is easiest to replace the entire arm(s), do both while you have it apart, total cost is just around $20. I also noticed when researching this that there was a recall for water getting on the "ball joints" that the arms snap onto:
Recall ID # 98V093000 - VISIBILITY:WINDSHIELD WIPER/WASHER:LINKAGES ...

I have no idea if Nissan will do anything for a 12 year old car as far as installing the "fix", but it might be worth asking.

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I have a 96Nissan sentra gxe. The drivers side windshield wiper stopped working all I would hear is a clunk and it would stop mid stream. So I replaced the plastic bushing on just the bar that goes into the passengers side. It has started popping off again. Guessing I should replace the other one as well? Right now I have it held together with wire and that works until the wire snaps..

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I spoke with a "friend" of mine who is a car mechanic and was told it would cost $125 to fix my driver's side windshield wiper. I went to Advance Auto Parts and described my problem to a parts salesman. He pointed out that you could feel the vibration of the linkage and wiper-motor trying to engage the bushing by putting your fingers on the base of the wiper blade. He sold a "wiper transmission" (linkage arm) for $6.47, tax included. I installed it myself. The hardest part was figuring out how to remove the cowling: remove the wipers, pop off the half-sphere caps with a knife and spray the exposed nuts with with WD-40 then remove them, and then pull the base straight off with vise-grips just tight enough to get a grip. Once inside, pull off old linkage and replace with new. It's easier to put everything back together than it is to get it apart. You will find it helpful to raise or lower the hood and also to re-position the wipers by running them and turning the ignition key off in order to complete the previously described procedures. Takes about an hour.

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I am having trouble snaping the new transmission arms onto the ball joint
I have tried pliers just my hands I even too the ball joint off the motor and still can"t get it to snap in. Am I missing something?

Posted on Jan 14, 2013

Wiper keep stoping

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