Originally Posted by bobbyjimmy
Wiper linkage - fairly common on the Gen III's.
The bushes wear out and can't be replaced seperatley from Subaru.
They can be replaced, but you need abit of ingenuity and some "Dorman" bushes, #49446 or #49447 (go to Rock Auto and search for those part numbers), there's a thread on NASIOC about how to fit them (search "wiper linkage bush"), its for an Impreza, but i'd assume they'd all use the same bushes.
Hi, I'm new to this forum. I find it to be very helpful!
I didn't realise that the wiper bushings problem is common. My wipers have been pretty noisy and slammed down hard after each rotation.
I have a 2002 Outback. On a recent trip up the NSW Mid North Coast, the driver wiper played up: it rotated past the post and got stuck there on the F3. Very dangerous in the rains!
Luckily an NRMA guy (at Walcha) tightened the nuts and suggested that when I got back to Sydney to put some locktite glue between the wiper arms and the motor bolts as the tapered holes appeared to have worn out.
I found a cut silicon cap (to selleys silicon no more gaps etc) can "replace" the damaged one.
I wonder if Subaru is aware of this common problem?