Spottedlaurel Posted March 26, 2017 Author Share Posted March 26, 2017 Unfortunately I haven't had the money spare this month to buy all the parts I needs for the Camry, but in the great weather we had yesterday - and before I get bogged-down with this year's work on the house - I managed to spend a few hours on it. The plan was to get the front wipers working (rears not yet essential, I'll sort them as-and-when). Oh dear, it wasn't meant to end up like this. Turned out that rather than the motor having failed, it was the spindle on the driver's side that had completely seized. Removing the bonnet made it much easier to get to everything. Getting the crank off the back of the motor spindle was a pain...... Having had the practice of removing the complete linkage mechanism from the estate made it much easier when I went to remove one from the saloon (which realistically is now just a spares car). Fortunately the linkage on that one was fine, with everything spinning easily despite it having not been used on the road for 4-5 years. Reassembly was the reverse of removal, and at times like this I appreciate those subtle touches that the manufacturers do to make this straightforward (maybe just the Japanese makers?!). Despite the estate being made in America and the saloon coming from Japan, the mechanism swapped straight across. Speed blur! It works. Well, I haven't tried it with wipers actually refitted (all the blades I have are useless after years of dormancy) but everything seems OK. I ended up using the motor off the spares car as well, as that one is lower mileage and I wasn't sure if the estate's one would be 100% after trying to turn the seized linkage. In other news, the Laurel's battery seems to be dead, which is a shame as I'd like to use that car this week (might rob the spare one I have off the Camry/Carina E), the Sunny's MoT is due at the end of this week and it's booked-in at the garage, and the little 1200 still refuses to run properly. JohnK, Skizzer, paulscavalier and 3 others 6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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