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How much does a wiper linkage replacement cost for Ford cars?

A typical Ford wiper linkage replacement in the UK costs around £213 - £479. Depending on your Ford model and engine, and whether you live in a big city or a small one, the price of a wiper linkage replacement on your vehicle can be higher or lower. We computed prices for some of the best-selling Ford cars in the UK in order to give you an idea of how much a wiper linkage replacement costs.
Car modelFixter price range
Wiper linkage replacement for Ford Fiesta£227 - £357
Wiper linkage replacement for Ford Focus£213 - £334
Wiper linkage replacement for Ford Ka£227 - £357
Wiper linkage replacement for Ford Kuga£263 - £413
Wiper linkage replacement for Ford Mondeo£305 - £479
Wiper linkage replacement for Ford Transit Custom£298 - £468
Wiper linkage replacement for Ford C-MAX£263 - £413

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What does a wiper linkage do?

The wiper linkage is the component that attaches the windscreen wiper motor to the wiper arms and blades. It plays a key role in ensuring the driver has good visibility at all times.

What are the symptoms of a broken wiper linkage?

Below are the top three symptoms that could indicate you need to replace your wiper linkage:

  • If the wiper arms get stuck at various points on the windscreen

  • If you can hear the motor running but the arms are not moving

  • If only one wiper arm moves

What happens when we do a wiper linkage replacement on your car?

Our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the windscreen wiper system and carry out checks to determine the exact fault.

  • If necessary, they will replace the windscreen wiper linkage.

  • They will then advise if any other parts need to be replaced.

  • The mechanic will test the windscreen wiper system to ensure it works correctly.

  • They will make any final adjustments, if necessary.

Daniel, from LondonDaniel, from London

Hey Fixter, how do you know if your wiper linkage is bad?

The most common signs of a bad wiper linkage are if the wiper arms get stuck at various points on the windscreen, if you can hear the motor running but the arms are not moving or if only one wiper arm moves.

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Want to learn more about Ford wiper linkage replacement?

What does a wiper linkage do?

The wiper linkage is the component that attaches the windscreen wiper motor to the wiper arms and blades. Its job is to transmit the motion of the wiper motor to the wiper arms and blades to clear rain, snow and ice from your windscreen. This component is an important safety feature as it plays a key role in ensuring the driver has good visibility at all times.

Ford

The Ford Motor Company is an American multinational automaker, founded by Henry Ford in 1903. One of the most long-standing giants of the motoring industry with an estimated asset wealth of around $256 billion, Ford became a popular household name throughout the UK in the 1960s with the introduction of the Ford Transit, the Ford Escort and the Ford Capri.

With the Ford Fiesta consistently winning accolades as the best selling car in the UK, it’s no surprise to hear that in 2018 there were approximately 5.5million Ford cars on the roads by the end of the year.

With a proven track record for good value and sensible, practical driving, along with a dealership just around every corner, Ford has developed a method of sustaining great sales by giving drivers just what they need.

There’s a Ford car for practically every sensible driver. Actually, there are a few Ford cars for the more daring driver too. Take a look at the history of RS and Cosworth models, both making an impact in the world of rally driving and touring car racing.

While they’re better known for providing family transport that includes the Ka, the Fiesta and the Focus, Ford also produces the lavishly equipped Edge SUV, and also the S-Max and Galaxy people carriers too.

And for something quite a lot less mainstream, Ford deliver some muscle

From a very traditional and mainstream marque, it’s refreshing to see that they still deliver a great big slice of larger than life America—and the latest model Ford Mustang is no exception. If a Mondeo or a Focus isn’t really your thing, and even the RS models aren’t sporty enough, then the new Mustang’s brawny delivery of sleek lines powered by its 5-litre V8 engine could be just the thing. Failing that, the Ford GT supercar with its twin-turbo V6 won’t fail to turn heads. All £420k of it.

How often should a wiper linkage need replacing?

The wiper linkage on your car should last its lifetime, however this will depend on the driving conditions, how often your wipers are used and the quality of the parts. Be sure to have your wiper system checked if you notice any of the above symptoms and make sure you turn your wipers on regularly, even in summer, to avoid the linkage seizing up.

The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT

A broken or faulty wiper linkage is both dangerous and illegal on UK roads. The unpredictable weather in this country means that drivers rely on their windscreen wipers to provide much needed visibility in rainy weather, without which they would be a danger on the roads. The wiper system is also thoroughly checked during the MOT and any fault or malfunction will result in an MOT failure.

What causes a wiper linkage to break?

The wiper linkage is attached to the wiper motor, which is usually located under the hood of the vehicle and is protected from the elements. However, because the linkage is often exposed to the sun, snow, wind, and rain it is more susceptible to wear and tear or breaking entirely without warning. One of the most common causes of premature wear is overuse in rainy climates or in cold temperatures where the windshield wipers are frozen and may stick to the windshield. This sticking causes the linkage to strip from the wiper arm, requiring a replacement to be fitted.

When should a wiper linkage be replaced?

The windshield wiper linkage is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle, but like any other mechanical part it can break or malfunction when you least expect it. As soon as you begin to notice your wipers struggling to move across the windscreen, making strange noises or moving out of sync, you should have your wiper system, including the linkage, looked at by a mechanic and replaced.

Fully functioning wipers are a key safety feature in your car so it’s vital that you get them fixed as soon as you notice a problem.

What are the signs of a bad wiper linkage?

Usually, there a few signs you can look for:

  • If the wiper arms get stuck at various points on the windscreen

  • If you can hear the motor running but the arms are not moving

  • If only one wiper arm moves

  • Wiper blades rotate out of sequence

  • If the wiper blades sputter or make a grinding noise when operating

What happens during a wiper linkage replacement?

During the repair our certified mechanics will:

  • Inspect the windscreen wiper system and carry out checks to determine the exact fault.

  • If necessary, they will replace the windscreen wiper linkage.

  • They will then advise if any other parts need to be replaced.

  • The mechanic will test the windscreen wiper system to ensure it works correctly.

  • They will make any final adjustments, if necessary.

What is the average life of a wiper linkage?

A wiper linkage is designed to last the lifetime of your vehicle, however the linkage is often exposed to the sun, snow, wind, and rain so is more susceptible to wear and tear or breaking without warning. One of the most common causes of premature wear is overuse in rainy climates or in cold temperatures where the windshield wipers are frozen and may stick to the windshield. This sticking causes the linkage to strip from the wiper arm, requiring a replacement to be fitted.

Can you drive with a broken or missing wiper linkage?

No you shouldn’t drive with a bad wiper linkage. Driving with faulty wipers isn't just potentially dangerous, it's also illegal and could result in a hefty fine if you’re pulled over.

Poor visibility out of your windscreen can greatly reduce your reaction time and cause you to miss important signs and dangerous hazards on the road. A wiper system that doesn't clear the screen properly and affects the drivers' visibility is dangerous and will also result in an instant MOT fail.

Does a wiper linkage deteriorate with age?

Over time, the wiper linkage can become bent and worn. This is especially true if the wipers are used in areas where heavy snow and ice are common during the winter months.

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