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Cortina MK11 windshield wipers.

 
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1970 cortina GT



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Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2015 8:19 pm    Post subject: Cortina MK11 windshield wipers. Reply with quote

Has anyone figured out an effective way of getting their wipers to remain on the splined shaft coming out of the bulkhead attached to the wiper mechanism? I'm not sure if other fords have the same bad design, I'm at the stage where I dare not turn the wipers on because I've had to stop and run back and pick them up so many times. The female splined piece sticks in the wiper arm and separates from the male splined piece. I thought of drilling the two pieces and putting a roll pin through them to keep them together but can't seem to drill through the male spline. Any ideas gents?
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peteleo



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Common problem on a MK2. The aluminum retainer wears on the steel wiper shaft. I've epoxyed the retainer on the shaft before but will eventually come loose again and the shaft drops down and off the wiper assembly. So the retainer is worn and can't be used.
I have a spare retainer but you would need to remove the assembly to press fit it on. It would be difficult to brace the shaft while installing the retainer. While removed you can check the condition of the whole assembly.
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1970 cortina GT



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Pete, I am attempting another option, I have drilled and tapped the wiper arm with the aluminum retainer inside it. I plan on pushing this onto the shaft, whilst supporting the inside assembly and then screwing a grub screw into the tapped hole. I have the screw underneath the arm so as to limit visibility, might work, if not I guess I will be contacting you to buy your spare retainer. Thanks for your input, keep your fingers crossed that it doesn't rain for a while. Confused
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea. That should work.
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