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  1. DomingoDeSantaClara

    DomingoDeSantaClara

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    Hi all,I got my mh just before last winter and its been stored until now. The day I picked it up we had torrential rain all day and I had a good 2 hour drive ahead of me. Less than an hour in and the windscreen wipers packed up,no biggy thought I, as I pulled in under an overpass on the m4,thinking it would be a quick fuse change and back on the road. No such luck,one of the control arms from the wiper motor had snapped!! What are the chances of that happening,I've certainly never heard of it,a call to the AA got me towed off the motorway and dropped at a service station but as there was obviously no quick fix I was forced to buy some rainex and continue on with no wipers...easily the worst drive of my life. I've since spent the time looking for a replacement to no avail,and I'm now at a complete loss as to where to find a replacement,any suggestions would be gratefully received. Its a 1985 Mercedes 207D but I'm sure other models would be the same.
    Thanks in advance, Dave
     
  2. markh

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    Have you tried a Mercedes commercial dealers parts dept?
     
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    or get someone to reinforce & weld it up.
     
  4. DomingoDeSantaClara

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    Yes I rang them first but they generally don't hold parts for vehicles this age and even if they did I'm sure they wouldn't stock this part just because its so random and highly unlikely to ever fail. Vehicle dismantles don't really want to know either as its such a low value part and very very very difficult to access and remove.
     
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    That had been my intention but unfortunately it has broken where the spline goes onto the wiper motor shaft so I don't really think that's an option either
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Nip over to Morocco, 10Dh and about an hour to fix.
     
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    DomingoDeSantaClara

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    You don't "nip" anywhere in a 207D lol
     
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    They hardly stock any parts at Mercedes, but they can get them from Stuttgart pretty quick, did they say no chance or can they give you a part number, I deal with Merc a lot and I reckon they'd get one
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    OK, a bit of a long way to amble with no wipers. But the point is the attitude over there, little of going to a parts department, more take it to the workshop which could be a tiny shop between the butcher and the bread shop. Most of the Taxis are pre-electronics Merc diesels, they can keep them going for ever it seems.
     
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    They just said they don't stock parts that old and never really suggested an alternative.
     
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    Goggle T B moters oxen uk
    they were the only one in uk that helped us with a part for a 1996 hymer not wipers mind. if you
    goggle them ph nos will show my nos are
    at home im in work good luck
     
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    Try another more helpful merc dealer- Also tray a breakers where you can try some different merc wiper arms to see whether spline fits-Find one & then you'll be able to get someone to do a repair. Also try Ebay.de should get some on there & as MarkH said in Germany everything is available & isn't dear according to all the lads on a UK form who run/repair old mercs-

    Here's 2

    http://www.ebay.de/itm/Mercedes-Ben...cherarme-Scheibenwischer-L-R-/201327237284?pt

    from here:

    http://www.ebay.de/sch/i.html?_odkw...=Scheibenwischer+Wischarm+Vorne+mercedes+207D
     
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  13. DomingoDeSantaClara

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    Thanks Beacon and Gus I'll certainly look into your suggestions and let you know how I get on,I really was losing the will to live over this one so fingers crossed it will be solvable.
     
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    It happened to me once, one winter morning when the car was covered in snow, as soon as i started the engine the wiper arm control stalk had been left activated from the day before, so you can imagine the wipers attempted to activate and the control arm under the bonnet that operates the wiper mechanism just snapped, i went to the dealer for a price and they were over £200, so i got a mobile welder to come and weld the arm back on = £20 never had any problems after - cheapest option and no faffing about removing everything (y)
     
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    WHY?

    I would have made the most of losing my "no claims discount" and used their fuel to get me home OR to my local garage :rolleyes:.

    IF they haven't taken you to a place where the fault can be fixed, I think they should be responsible for a second tow to somewhere which can (although Stuttgart or Morocco might be stretching it a bit :D).

    I've used superglue to fasten wiper arms to splines when they have wanted to fall off. If the break is a bit further up the arm, it might be possible to put a U shaped bridge over the parts and fasten them by drilling small holes and fitting self-tapping screws. There are always "bodges" which can keep you on the move: permanent solutions may take a little more time and research. I would certainly consider sitting at a breakers yard and taking off one wiper arm at a time (on a "refund if no good" basis).

    Good luck - Gordon
     
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    This company are very big Mercedes van breakers. Dronsfield Commercials, Oldham.
    Phone number 01457 871717
    They stock just about all secondhand parts and do mail order.
     
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    I could be looking at the wrong thing but if it's the linkage you require give these a call.
    http://www.wipex.co.uk/ Tel. 01684569733
    I had my linkage go on Kia Sorento and Kia wanted an absolute fortune. Spoke to Wipex and gave him my damaged linkage and he made new ones for very little money.
    Worth a try.
     
  18. DomingoDeSantaClara

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    Cheers guys for all the suggestions I'll be back on the case next week as the mh is in on Monday for solar panels and a couple of other small jobs I don't have the tools to do.
    Appreciate all the replies.
    Happy travels, Dave
     
  19. John Laidler

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    Sorted then. Go where the sun shines for the solar panels and you won't need the wipers!

    But more seriously, it sounds an horrific experience, glad you have come out in one piece.
     
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    If the broken part is steel an engineering workshop should be able to weld then machine the part back to as new.
    May even do it if its aluminium.

    Last resort but should be do-able by a small independant workshop, if somewhat expensive.

    You could also PM wildman and ask his opinion.
    a few years ago he offered to make or repair parts for funsters...welding/milling/lathe work...for a modest fee.
     
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