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

A typical Volvo wiper linkage replacement in the UK costs around £263 - £446. Depending on your Volvo 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 Volvo 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 Volvo XC60£284 - £446
Wiper linkage replacement for Volvo XC90£263 - £413
Wiper linkage replacement for Volvo V40£263 - £413
Wiper linkage replacement for Volvo XC40£270 - £424
Wiper linkage replacement for Volvo V60£263 - £413
Wiper linkage replacement for Volvo C30£263 - £413
Wiper linkage replacement for Volvo V50£277 - £435

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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 Volvo 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.

Volvo

Volvo Cars is a Swedish luxury vehicle manufacturer, established in April 1927, over 90 years ago.

With around 645k cars on the roads in the UK today, Volvo is a considerable contributor to the UK motor industry.

With a steady rise in status from the boxy estate models popular in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, Volvo now produces a strong, executive range of luxury, performance vehicles.

Luxurious executive saloons, estate cars and SUVs

Sticking to the market they understand best, Volvo produces a small range of estate cars and a selection of bang-on-trend SUVs, complimented by 2 luxury saloon models. In other words, Volvo makes cars for ‘grown-up’ drivers where it knows its customers inside out.

Volvo: Exceptional aims for in-car safety

One of Volvo’s key visions is to provide a level of unrivalled safety inside their vehicles and has proven to be a dedicated leader in the field. Their current vision is that nobody should be seriously injured or killed in a new Volvo car by 2020.

Pursuing perfection through Volvo technology

The ethos behind Volvo reaches further than just selling units and making a profit. By putting their customers first, they have committed to creating vehicles where ownership gives quality time back to their drivers, are environmentally efficient and exceptionally safe.

Using modern technology and striving to develop the systems to lead the field, is something they take very seriously. After all, this is the company that brought drivers:

  • The 3-point safety seatbelt

  • The Lambda Sond emissions detector responsible for reducing harmful fumes by 90%

  • Side impact, whiplash, and roll-over protection

  • Blind spot systems

  • City safety scanning

  • Pedestrian detection

  • Auto-braking

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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