Chrysler's Crappy Plastic Everything!

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Steve Reinis, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. Steve Reinis

    Steve Reinis Guest

    The car is a 1987 Fifth Avenue. The wiper linkage makes a horrible clanking
    as the wipers run and there is a lot of play in the arms. So, I decide
    fixing the wipers will be today's project. I figured I would tighten up the
    nuts on the linkage, add a few dabs of grease here and there and I'd be all
    set.

    Hah! Right...

    From what I can gather, the reason my wiper linkage clanks and clatters is
    that there are no actually nuts and bolts holding the linkgae together, just
    a pin and some plastic bushings/grommets. And of course, being 16 years
    old, the bushings are all deteriorated and three pins are missing the
    bushings.

    Is that really how Chrysler did it? Just plastic clips and not actual nuts
    secured to bolts? I sure couldn't feel any threads on the "pins" that
    protrude and allow the various parts of the linkage to fit together.

    -Steve
     
    Steve Reinis, Feb 20, 2004
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    Neil Nelson Guest

    As opposed to what?

    On my 70 'cuda, I spent an entire day brazing the (worn out)
    bronze wiper linkage bushings shut and then re-drilling and
    reaming them to correct size to get them quiet and to park
    properly.
     
    Neil Nelson, Feb 20, 2004
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  3. ....as is the case with just about every car made in the last several
    decades...
    No, it's a carefully-crafted illusion designed explicitly to make you look
    like an idiot on this group when you rant and rave instead of simply
    purchasing replacement nylon bushings for very little money, installing
    them and enjoying another 16 years' worth of quiet windshield wiping.
     
    Daniel J. Stern, Feb 20, 2004
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    Steve Guest

    Dude, that's how EVERYBODY did it (and still do it) ever since plastics
    became rugged enough. Older cars (like my '66) use bronze bushings with
    C-clips, and you should HEAR the clanking that they make even when
    tight. They're also not replaceable. Plastic is actually better in that
    application, if you ask my opinion. You can get a blister pack of brand
    new nylon wiper linkage bushings for a buck in the "Help!" section at
    any parts store. Pre-greased and ready to snap in place.
     
    Steve, Feb 20, 2004
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    Steve Reinis Guest

    Oh, okay, I didn't realize this...

    And I really wasn't ranting and raving... I love my little ole Chrysler.

    What threw me was there that wasn't even a metal clip. Hell, my 1992 Geo
    Metro at least has metal clips holding the linkage together. There are
    plastic bushings, too, but a clip keeps everything snug.

    I live in BFE and the parts store here is about useless. I have to travel
    about 45 miles to get to a decent parts store that stocks little things like
    these bushings or can actually order special items.

    I'm still hoping to find a factory service manual on eBay!

    -Steve
     
    Steve Reinis, Feb 20, 2004
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    Steve Reinis Guest

    I really wasn't ranting and raving. I just was a bit surprised to see that
    there wasn't even a metal clip holding things snug. One of my other
    vehicles has plastic bushings, but it's topped off with a metal clip that
    wraps around to keep things snug.

    And, the parts store I have here out in BFE is not the best. I questioned
    about new bushings and they said I was out of luck... Another Steve has
    posted and suggested that I can find generic bushings, so when i do my
    weekly trip into town and to a REAL parts store I will see what I can find.
     
    Steve Reinis, Feb 20, 2004
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    Steve Reinis Guest

    Had to visit three parts stores, but finally found one that had bushings.
    "Help!" brand. $3.00 for two bushings. I bought two packages and all is
    fine and dandy now...
     
    Steve Reinis, Feb 24, 2004
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    Ken Pisichko Guest

    Don't forget the illustrious discussion you had without even buying someone a
    beer ;-)

    Fortunately news groups like this one have all kinds of suggestions that
    usually put one on the correct track. For humor you should go and read some of
    the news groups where the main agenda/title of the NG has been subverted into
    attacks on racism, electric trains or whatever is blowing that particular day.
    Come to think of it, I have never seen and discussion about oil changes on steam
    engines on this NG. But then understand Chrysler never made any cars with those
    engines.
     
    Ken Pisichko, Feb 27, 2004
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  9. Steve Reinis

    Steve Reinis Guest

    I should have been drinking when I put the bastards in! The fit was very
    tight and there is extremely little room to work. Not to mention all of the
    very sharp flsh left on the raw edges of sheetmetal in that area...

    Took me quite some time to get them to snap in and I used muscles I never
    knew I had... contorting around the hood and getting my hands up in where
    the linkage is...
     
    Steve Reinis, Feb 27, 2004
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    Ken Pisichko Guest

    See what you got besides the illustrious conversation - a Jane Fonda workout
    without Hanoi Jane. Better that wayI You have the car. Ted has Jane. :)
     
    Ken Pisichko, Feb 27, 2004
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    RPhillips47 Guest

    No he doesn't!!!
     
    RPhillips47, Feb 28, 2004
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