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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-31-2003, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Angry My wiper arms won't go back on right! Help!

I had to take the wiper arms off today so I could remove the plastic windshield cowl. So I marked where the underside of each blade was on the windshield with a couple pieces of duct tape, just to be sure I'd know where they should lay when I put them back on. When I took them off, I found out that on each arm, there's a plastic key that fits into a keyway in each shaft protruding form the cowl (see the pics below if you don't know what I mean). Assuming you've got the arms on the correct sides, there should be NO WAY to put them on in the wrong position -- RIGHT?!?!

I went to put them back on, and the driver's side blade sits about an inch too low on the windshield, and the passenger side blade sits about an inch too high. This means the driver's side blade ends up sitting on top of the passenger side arm!!

Anyone know what happened here? I would think that if the wiper motor rotated at all, then both blades would have move together -- not in opposite directions!

Any ideas how to fix this? I've got to drive 6 hours back to Connecticut this weekend, possibly through rain!

Thanks in advance for any help!

Edit: Yes, I'm sure the arms are installed on the correct sides. They're clearly marked "L" and "R", and the blades are slightly different, so I'd definitely know if I switched them.



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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-31-2003, 11:30 PM
 
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Just had to go to the garage and look at the LHS wipers. The tip of the drivers blade goes under the passenger side arm and rests against the plastic cowl. There is no way the blades should contact anything except the windshield. What happens when you run the wipers?

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Question, is the driver blade a 24 in and the passenger a 22 inch blade?? I agree with above, cycle the blades once and see if that returns things to normal.

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IGNORE MY ABOVE POST!! I didn't have my first cup of coffee yet so I wasn't thinking. OK, keep in mind that the blades themselves do pivot a little bit, so, lift the driver's side arm up into the "up in the air" position. Then slightly lift the passenger blade and rotate (twist it) the wiper so that the end of the blade that's in the center is as low as it can be. Then lower the driver's blade while rotating it so that the end in the center is above the passenger blade. After that, THEN cycle the wipers and see what happens.
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There is a mark on the glass that the wiper blade should be on (a circle with a line through it). I have 28" on the drivers side and 24" on the passangers side, so switching the blades would not have made a differance.
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try turnin them on and see if they settle back to their spots..


i know when i move my wipers around *cleaning the windsheild* they sit funny till i use em once
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Now I'm totally bewildered.

Seems like overnight, the driver's side blade magically returned to its proper position, so now I can at least turn the wipers on without them getting hung up on each other. The passenger side blade still doesn't return to where it was before, but at least I can turn them on now.

The thing that really gets me is, there wasn't really any play or backlash or whatever in either arm, so it wasn't just a matter of wiggling them around until they went back into place -- they were pretty solid!

Anyways, even though they're not back to normal, they work well enough, so I guess I'll just chalk it up to UFO's or somethin'. Meh!

Thanks for the replies, guys.
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Ummm, a little too much early New Year's celebration???

Nah, stick with the UFO story...
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