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Regarding the effect of raising the wiper arms on the wiper arm springs: raising the wiper arms will not make the springs weaker for future use. The only way that the springs could produce reduced force when the wiper arms are returned to their normal position is if the springs took a permanent "set" from being stretched. This can only happen one of two ...


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This happens due to the wiper blade wearing out - it is generally considered a consumable item. I replace mine at least once a year (just before winter) and often late spring as well if I find any areas of the windscreen not getting cleared correctly. In the UK you can be committing an offence if your wipers do not clean the windscreen enough. Rain-X ...


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When one lives in places where it snows, even occasionally, they quickly learn to lift the wipers. If you go to a ski resort when the inclement weather is expected, you would see half of the vehicles with wipers pulled up. The other half are either do not have wipers that can be fixed up (in that case one is still advised to separate them from the glass ...


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I live in Canada where we got often snow storm or freezing rain during winter, I never lift my wipers blades. It's clearly unnecessary for a snow storm, as you remove the snow from your car prior of activate your wipers. But I can see my neighbors lifting theirs when freezing rain is forecasted, some even put cardboard on the windshield to avoid scraping ...


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As Bob mentioned in the comments the problem was the fuse was blown. I replaced the fuse and everything is working again. On a side note, another fuse was blown and after replacing that the sunroof is working again. BTW For future reference the fuses are special fuses (not sure if they are special or not) in that I had to get them at an auto store. You can ...


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It sounds to me like you're being conned. While I don't know MA law, over here the wiper blades will only fail if they are perished or otherwise damaged so as to not effectively clear the screen - either of which should be obvious to you from a visual inspection or simply running your finger along the blade.


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Thoroughly clean the glass, both inside and out. There are many different glass-cleaning products out there - have a look in the cleaning aisle of your local store. Try and find something that doesn't leave a residue. Once you have cleaned it, immediately replace your wiper blades. These should be replaced every 6 months or so as a matter of course. If ...


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I'm against lifting them. I've never had any trouble (nor caused any damage) breaking one loose with a scraper. I have, however, had a wiper arm break when it snapped back against the windshield (such as can happen with the wind that normally accompanies Winter storms).


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This appears to be the relevant section of your motor vehicles inspection requirements. Scroll down to point 8 and you'll see "Glazing and Windshield Wiper(s)." The following appear to be the critical requirements: 540 CMR 4.00 4.04 Procedures for Inspection of Non-Commercial Motor Vehicles (continued) [...snip...] (a) Windshield Critical ...


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The piece I believe you are talking about the linkage. Many times the bushings will wear out and the linkage will pop off of the arm or motor. Here's a drawing which depicts a typical linkage connection: EDIT: I just noticed in this picture, it looks as though the Right Hand Link attaches at the wiper arm ... it really doesn't. It fits on the ball which ...


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When you replaced the wiper, you may have inadvertently damaged or released the spring which pulls the wiper blade towards the windscreen. Depending on what type of car you have, this could be of various different types but you usually find it at the wiper pivot. When you try to pull the wiper away from the glass does it resist? An alternative is that you ...


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Most likely cause - the stalk switch is faulty, and rather than moving through the three different positions it just closes the high speed circuit. You should be able to replace the stalk switch easily and cheaply - find one at a breaker's yard.


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As already mentioned - no permanent damage is expected. Leave your car in a warm parking lot (underground or heated) for a couple of hours. Summer fluid will melt and you could safely use sprays to drain it from connecting pipes.


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It sounds to me that the gear(s) in the motor are partially stripped. When the wipers go up, it hits the place where the teeth are gone. When you pushed it back down manually, it caught a place where the teeth are still present and brought them back down. The only way you can check this is by extracting the motor and pulling the gears apart to check. Any way ...


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I've had 1999 RAV4 and I left it with summer washer fluid couple years ago. Then I refilled it with winter fluid like you did. The damage I got is a rear spray didn't work, because I got a hole in the hose that connects spray thing to the main reservoir(most likely because of expansion of fluid in the hose). So, when I tried to wash my back window, all of ...


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Doesn't seem to cause any damage, at least on my cars. My washer fluid freezes inside the system every Winter and I've yet to have any problem (one car is 21 years old and the other is 17) with the washer system (even accidently trying to use it a few times each Winter when I forget that it's frozen).


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@MD6380's answer is for the blade, not for the insert (rubber in the Toyota parts catalog), but they seem to state that there are no inserts available for theses. Based on the ToyoDIY.com website, it's should be these RH: 85214‑53040 (03/2005 - 04/2006) or 85214‑53041 (06/2006 - ) LH: 85214‑48010 REAR: 85214‑31010


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If you replace the blades and it makes no difference, it could be a worn spring in the wiper arm(s). Especially on an older vehicle or arm.


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If there is any kind of divot or crack on the windshield, even brand new wipers will leave streaks since the windshield could be off balance or the crack could be cutting into the surface of the wiper creating an uneven surface.


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I ran into the same problem recently. It does appear that all the autoparts places have stopped carrying inserts. They'd rather sell you a $10-20 blade than a $1-2 insert it seems. :-) The good news is that my car dealer DOES still carry inserts, and they're only $1.20 a piece... Try your dealer, could end up saving you a good deal of money down the ...


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They will almost certainly be a mirror image of each other. Looking at your diagram, it appears the left hand arm (i.e. that going to parts 5 and 6) is longer than the other, and has a slight curve to it. You might find you can use some of the parts from the LHD one to repair the motor of the RHD one, but probably not as they are usually sealed units these ...


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There are federal safety standards for defrosting, With that being said if you use your cars defroster, your better off that way. I am against lifting also. It also could cause snow and ice to become lodged under your wiper arm causing you troubles down the road. With that being said a fair amount of newer vehicles have heated wiper park areas these days, ...


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Where exactly are you measuring the voltage and getting 200mV? If you're seeing this at the connection for the wiper motor, then I strongly suspect your problem is upstream of the wiper motor. You need to get enough power (volts * amps) to the motor to run the wipers. Even if there were a DC-DC step-up converter in the motor (exceedingly unlikely), you ...


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Windshield wipers for the 2006 civic sedan don't seem to be available as an aftermarket part. On 8thcivic.com jeff618 says: ... 08-10 Civic SEDAN = 26" DS & 22" PS (more common wiper arm, yet different from the coupe arm) 06-07 Civic SEDAN = Have to go to dealer - aftermarket replacements are NOT AVAILABLE 02-05 Civics EXCEPT si = ...


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The thing which typically causes this is the tension spring (which pulls the wiper towards the glass) becoming clogged with dirt. A good spray with a jet washer followed by application of a light lubricant should do the job. With the wiper pulled away from the glass you should be able to see the tension spring - if not, you may need to disassemble the wiper ...


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I would not recommend to pull them away from your windshield during a storm if there is a risk that it will melt and then freeze later (for example if you just drove your car or if the temperature is just below the freezing point but you are expecting sun later). Doing so may make the snow melt, go in the arm mechanism/spring and freeze there, making it ...


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It seems ridiculous to me, if your car is parked outside you still have to clean the wipers, put the heater and defroster on and clear your car of snow before you drive it. In some states you must clear the top of the car before driving it so that the snow doesn't blind the driver behind you as it slides off. Having the wipers up makes them more vulnerable ...


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Ended up looking at it yesterday. I pulled the wire harness out of the motor to start inspecting things and when I plugged it back in it worked for a moment. Scraped some of the dirt and corrosion off of the connecting blades and it seems to work fine now. Must have had just enough connection to work, but was susceptible to losing connectivity by ...


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It sounds like the relay for the wiper timing is on the fritz. It's a possibility that it could be in the switch itself, but you also wouldn't be able to turn it on continuous mode if it were the switch. It's either a blown fuse leading to the relay, or the relay itself.


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If your blade inserts are the same style as my MR2 uses, you may just be trying too hard. My dealer doesn't carry the blade inserts for my car, but they have longer versions and I just cut off the non-locking side to fit... I think the longer ones cost about 10 cents more, but I don't feel too bad about the lost 20 cents since I waste more than that in the ...



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