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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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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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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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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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How does an Rain sensing wiper work? Most modern cars have a device called a Optical Rain Sensor fitted onto the windscreen to detect rain and other obtrusive material. It simply works by firing an infra-red wave at an angle (45 degrees) from one side towards a receptor. When there is nothing on the wind shield the receptor picks up the infra red wave and ...


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Here's a parts explosion The hose #9 you could drain through. I like the coolant idea. pour coolant in the reservoir, it might take a bit but it will turn the slush into liquid. There a glycerin in it and it's alcohol based so it's miscible with any alcohol in your wiper fluid. Nothing bad will happen. Others chime in if this is ridiculous to you ...


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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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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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It could be a blown fuse as you suggest. It could also be that the motor isn't receiving current due to a break in the wiring. The multimeter should come in handy to verify this - check to confirm that a voltage drop registers across the pump motor terminals when the wiper stalk is engaged. It may also be that the motor in the pump has gone bad - check for ...


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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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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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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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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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What you are showing is usually caused from the wiper arm not having enough down force to keep the blade on the entire swipe. This could be caused from the spring (which does this) losing its tension. The part of the windshield which you've shown is especially susceptible to this because of how the glass angles over. If this scenario is right, there are ...


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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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Your theory sounds good to me. Do run the windshield washers before parking the car. Now, about fixing the current scratches: There are products that allow you to polish the windshield to remove scratches. In the same way that you would polish the paint. I do it to my car every month, except that I use the regular paint polish rather than the more expensive ...


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You probably need a new wiper module. Direct from OE: Wiper Module - The wiper pivot shafts are the only visible components of the wiper module. The remainder of the module is concealed within the cowl plenum area beneath the cowl plenum cover/grille panel. The wiper module includes the wiper module bracket, four rubber-isolated wiper module mounts, the ...


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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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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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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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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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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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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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