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How to Replace Wiper Linkage Bushings 88-99 GMC Sierra K1500

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  1. step : Removing the Wiper Arms (0:52)
    • Mark your wiper blade position with painter's tape
    • Pry out the wiper arm tab with a flat blade screwdriver
    • Lift the wiper arm off the pivot
    • Repeat these steps for the other arm
  2. step : Removing the Wiper Cowl (1:35)
    • Peel the weatherstrip off the top of the firewall
    • Remove the three Phillips screws from each side of the cowl
    • Remove the two corner panels
    • Remove the fourth Phillips screw from each side of the cowl
    • Remove the four Phillips screws from the front of the cowl
    • Lift up the cowl
    • Disconnect the windshield washer hose
    • Remove the cowl from the vehicle
  3. step : Removing the Wiper Transmission (2:40)
    • Loosen the 10mm nuts on the wiper linkage
    • Pull the wiper linkage arms off the wiper motor stud
    • Remove the three 11mm bolts from the wiper transmission
    • Slide the transmission out of the truck
  4. step : Removing the Wiper Linkage Bushing (3:30)
    • Pop the ball socket out of the wiper linkage bushing
    • Hold the linkage in a vise
    • Drill the bushing out of the linkage
    • Pull the bushing out of the linkage
  5. step : Installing the Wiper Linkage Bushing (4:19)
    • Brace the linkage with a 19mm socket in a vise
    • Line up the bushing with the linkage
    • Press the bushing into the linkage with the vise
    • Apply grease to the inside of the bushing
    • Press the bushing onto the ball socket by hand
  6. step : Installing the Wiper Transmission (4:57)
    • Slide the transmission into place
    • Line up the transmission
    • Install the three 11mm bolts for the wiper transmission
    • Slide the wiper linkage arms onto the wiper motor stud
    • Tighten the 10mm nuts on the wiper linkage
  7. step : Installing the Cowl (5:37)
    • Connect the washer hose
    • Put the cowl into place
    • Install the four Phillips screws in the front of the cowl
    • Insert the first two screws on each side of the cowl
    • Put the corner panels into place
    • Install the remaining two screws on each side of the cowl
    • Push the weatherstrip into place
  8. step : Installing the Wiper Arms (6:35)
    • Slide the wiper arms onto the pivots
    • Lay the wiper blades down gently
    • Remove the painter's tape

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In this video we're going to be working with our 1996 GMC Sierra K1500. We're going to show you how to replace the transmission linkage bushings for your wiper arms. If you like this video please click subscribe. We have a ton more information on this truck as well as many other makes and models. If you need this part for your car you can follow the link down in the description over to Here are the items you'll need for this repair.

Use some small pieces of painters tape to make a straight line with your wiper blade. This will help us position the arms back on without needing to do trial and error. Using the flat blade screwdriver, pry out on the tab on the top edge of the wiper arm at the pivot. Remove the wiper arm from the pivot. Do the same thing on the opposite side.

Remove the weather strip from the top of the firewall. Remove the three Phillips-head screws securing the cowl to the truck on both sides. There's one down on this opening. There are three, both in the same positions on either side of the vehicle. Once you get the first three screws removed, lift up and remove this corner panel that goes around the hinge. There's a fourth Phillips-head screw under there you'll also need to remove. Remove the three screws from each corner of your cowl.

Once that's done, you can remove all four of the Phillips-head screws along the front of the cowl. Pull back and lift up to remove the cowl. You'll need to disconnect the washer hose over here on the driver's side. Remove the cowl from the vehicle.

Loosen the 10 millimeter nuts on the wiper linkage. There's no need to remove these entirely. If you're doing the driver’s side arm, you can stop here and move on to removing the other portion on the other end of the arm. However, for the passenger side, you'll need to loosen this.

Remove the three 11 millimeter bolts securing the pivot end of the wiper transmission to the truck. Lower the pivot into the cowl. Slide it up and out of the next opening.

Now, you can replace this entire arm and linkage as an assembly. However, the majority of the time this goes bad because of this bushing right here. If yours is already broken out you can just finish popping it out of there. Otherwise, get a little leverage on it and pop the ball socket out.

Drill out the old bushing. It's only plastic so it's not going to hurt the drill to walk it around like that. Once it's all drilled out you can remove it.

To reinstall it set the back up against the 19 millimeter socket, place the bushing into the arm, just slowly crank the vice in until the bushing pops into place. Make sure it's fully seated in the wiper arm, apply some grease inside of there to help keep it fresh longer, and it's ready to go back in the vehicle. Lay the bushing back onto the ball socket.

Send the arm back into the truck. Line up the pivot and the three holes and reinstall your three 11 millimeter screws.

Snap the arms back on to the wiper, tighten them back down with your 10 millimeter socket and ratchet. Make sure they're in the same place they were removed from.

Reconnect your windshield washer hose, and lay the cowl back into place. Reinstall the four screws in the center section of the cowl. Reinstall the two short screws on the end. Once the rear one's in, you can reinstall the plastic cover. It simply slides in and drops down. Reinstall the longer screw on the outer edge here. Repeat these steps on the opposite side. Reinstall the weather strip onto the top edge of the cowl.

Now, I know we had mentioned using the painters tape to align these earlier, but it turns out these wipers are keyed, which means they'll only go on one way. Simply pull out the tab and slide them back on. Lock the tab back into place. Lay the wiper down. Remove the tape.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Drills, Drill Bits & Related

  • Drill
  • Drill Bit Set

  • General Tools

  • Vise

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Bearing Grease
  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet
  • Socket Extensions

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver
  • Phillips Bit in a Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 11mm Socket
  • 19mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

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