A system is only as strong as its weakest component. When it comes to your wipers, that vulnerability is the point at which your wiper's pivots-particularly, your wiper pivot assembly. This part comes under a lot of stress and strain from the constant motion of the wipers-especially at faster speeds. One would think that shopping for this particular part would be a simple and straightforward affair, but one would be wrong! There are a few things you need to look out for to get the part right.
The same difference
A wiper is wiper, so shouldn't it be the same across all the different vehicles ever made? The answer is: no. If you look at the different wiper pivot assemblies out there in the market, you will find that they vary from one another in many different ways. These differences are what you have to look into very carefully.
Location, location, location
Sometimes, when you browse through a catalog, they do not clearly state where the assembly being advertised is supposed to go. This is very crucial. The price and form between different wiper assemblies is nothing to laugh at. So figure out from the offset whether it is for the driver side-normally more expensive-or for the passenger side-which is cheaper because this side is slaved to the driver side wiper.
Another thing that you need to look into is the complexity of the arrangement of your wiper pivot assembly-again, you cannot deviate from that. Some assemblies are as simple as metal rods joined together (these are cheaper) and others incorporate huge plastic protrusions embedded onto specially cut steel frames (these are more costly). This is simply the type of part where you cannot determine quality from price.
The right match
All the points mentioned above are clues to help you make a match that is perfect for you ride. There are easier ways to find the right matching part, though. The first way is to look for the part number. Usually, if not printed on the body of the pivot assembly itself, this information will be in the vehicle's manual. These handy numbers help to find parts that are a perfectly fitting replacement-just line up the numbers!
The second way is convenient, but still requires you to do some homework. You could shop online, and use the handy specialized search engines they have embedded on-site. These allow you to specify make and model, as well as the specific year. While this does narrow it down, it is an imperfect system. Before you "buy" with that mouse, double check the features-call in if you have to!