How To Replace A Worn Windshield Wiper Linkage Jeep XJ

This probably sounds more complicated than it really is, 4 tools are needed, and just a few minutes of time:


  1. Start by removing all the Phillips head screws from the cowl with a number 2 Phillips.
  2. Remove the wiper arms.

, How To Replace A Worn Windshield Wiper Linkage Jeep XJ, The Truck GuideWith a flat head screwdriver, gently pry this little lever away from the arm. The idea is that the lever holds the arm underneath the spindles that are on the wiper arm.

Once you have released it, the arms pull off. I needed to use a screwdriver to get them started, as mine hadn’t been off in 10 years.

3. Remove the 4 Torx head bolts (size T30) pictured here:

, How To Replace A Worn Windshield Wiper Linkage Jeep XJ, The Truck Guide4. Remove the bolt that holds the wiper in. Just a 10mm socket.

5. Disconnect the harness.

6. Now the fun part, getting it out. This takes the longest, as it is a tight fit.

At this point, you will see that the linkage has all ball joints holding it together. What happens is the plastic cups that the balls ride in wear out. On mine, it was the joint that was linked to the motor. I went to the junkyard, and for 30 bucks I had one out of a 99.

I did end up taking the motor out of the donor vehicle and took the arm from the motor to the linkage along with me, as well as the mounting plate. The plate is held to the motor with three 10mm bolts, everything is 10mm.

The ball joints should pop out fairly easily, though the newer one will be more difficult (good). Bolt the old motor up to the new plate, pop the new joint back on, and you’re almost done. Now just reverse the removal steps and you’re done.

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