Bad weather can cause myriad of issues for vehicles, as any technician will know, and with the Irish weather being very unpredictable, there is one issue that is guaranteed and therefore garages, and workshops need to be prepared for the consequences of a heavy rainfall on the Renault Clio.
The technical issue that First Line Ltd. is advising garages and workshops to be prepared for is the failure of the wiper motor, as following heavy rainfall, if the drain hole is blocked the motor can become submerged in water, which will consequently lead to failure.
There is nothing like the reality of life on the road that will reveal the long-term issues that affect the day-to-day running of a vehicle and the Renault Clio MkII and MkIII from 2001>2014 is a particular case in point.
Over the course of time, debris, such as leaf matter and road grime, can clog the drain hole where the motor and linkage are housed. This can then cause the area to fill with rainwater until the motor’s bearing and seal are permanently submerged.
This constant immersion gradually leads to the water penetrating the bearing and causing it to seize, often burning out the motor in the process.
Wiping away the issue
To resolve the situation, technicians need to replace the wiper motor, but more importantly, during the procedure, it’s essential that they clear the blockage that has created the problem in the first instance.
In addition, proactive workshops would do well to advise the customer to keep an eye on the situation to ensure it is kept free of debris and able to drain properly.
Finding the right fit
First Line’s Wiper Motor FWM1004 and Borg & Beck’s BWM1004 are direct replacements, supplied with all the necessary nuts and bolts as standard for easy installation.
To ensure they are ready to supply, First Line recommends that factors keep a stock of these references, especially as the demand is naturally higher during these wetter months.
The First Line range of wiper motors is proving increasingly popular as evermore motor factors and their customers realise that they provide them with a first-rate replacement solution, which is why the programme continues to grow.
The First Line wiper motor programme now consists of eight part numbers and in addition to the aforementioned Clio MkII and MkIII, other vehicles catered for by the range include the Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Combo and Tigra TwinTop models and all Astra IV/G models from 1998>05, as well as the Fiat Punto 188 between 1998>05, Nissan Qashqai 1.6 and 2.0 dCi between 2005>14 and the Note E11 between 2006>14 respectively.
As would be expected from First Line, its wiper motors are supplied as a direct replacement, supplied complete with all the necessary nuts and bolts required for the correct installation.
Naturally, in common with all products in the First Line portfolio, the wiper motor range is fully tested and approved for quality and reliability, plus they are covered by the company’s comprehensive 24-month / 24,000 mile warranty against manufacturing defects (Not Submersion!).
The wiper motor offering complements the company’s comprehensive Borg & Beck wiper blade programme, which covers all blade types including conventional, spoiler, hybrid, flat and rear blades, to provide the optimum solution.