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@#$$% wiper arms!!
Posted 17 November 2003 - 06:50 PM
Posted 17 November 2003 - 07:17 PM
Side benifit, they make the blade better at removing snow and ice even when you're not going fast.
Posted 17 November 2003 - 07:38 PM
Posted 17 November 2003 - 07:46 PM
i bought them at Canadian Tire store in Montreal but I've seen them about everywhere. I'm pretty sure places like Walmart, Pepboys, etc. should have them in the US.
Hope you find them.
Posted 17 November 2003 - 08:09 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 05:10 AM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 07:51 PM
Originally posted by Tiny Clark
Bosch makes a wiper that has a small wind deflector on it to press the wiper against the window. Works well on my Beemer and Sube.
You don't want to use a "winged" wiper in winter though, as they tend to freeze up. You want to use the winter blades with the rubber covered hinge assemblies.
The problem with winter blades is that they are taller than the normal blades and this reduces the spring pressure of the wiper arm. This reduction in spring pressure coupled with worn and weak springs prevents the blades from holding to the glass.
On my 1993 Legacy I changed the springs on my wiper arms, I was able to find a replacement spring and I drilled out the hinge rivot to replace it. Rather than riveting the wiper arm back together I used a stainless bolt and used the extra strength treadlock on the nut. Cost about $10, instead of $100 for new wiper arms.
The "Sure Wipes" do work, but they can put too much force and flatten the blade. If this happens you can adjust them, see the included instructions.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 08:22 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 08:42 PM
As for the tension, I think they are somewhat adjustable. That is, even thought it is a spring, one can twist it enough to cause some permanent deformation of the metal, thereby increasing (or decreasing) the pressure that it will exert once on the wiper arm.
And usually, a higher wiper will increase pressure slightly as it typically stretches the spring out a little more. People bend the arms for the very same effect when springs start weakening.
I'm in Southern Ontario and while we do not get as much snow as Buffalo, I've never had much trouble with just running regular blades year round. Yeah, you gotta smack the snow and ice out of them occasionally, but I just don't like the visual distraction of the winter covered blades. I guess you probably adjust to it. Whatever works for you.
Posted 18 November 2003 - 08:53 PM
Posted 18 November 2003 - 09:21 PM
Originally posted by johnd911
I'll have to remove the US flag off my car, previous visits "annoyed" many anti-US people and I barely avoided alot of car damage.
Thanks for the laugh.... ....I can just imagine an angry mob chasing a speeding "American" Subaru! It really is funny!....the way you worded it!
Posted 18 November 2003 - 09:27 PM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 02:02 PM
But to display conspicuously anykind of national or religious emblem on one's car is often sufficient to get the attention of the minority of fanatics you have in any society.
Posted 19 November 2003 - 02:36 PM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 03:08 PM
Posted 19 November 2003 - 03:26 PM
Originally posted by frag
I've heard of Canadians having trouble in the US when Canada refused to accompany Bush in it's attack on Irak. But I think (1) that this is not the place to discuss this, and (2) that we lack the objective instrument that could measure the relative level of fanatism in both our countries.
I agree 100%!!
John, just wait to go to Canada until your mullet grows out....make sure to work on your accent! :wave:
Posted 19 November 2003 - 08:27 PM
I put the flag decal on after 9-11.
Posted 19 November 2003 - 08:53 PM
I go to Canada many times each year and I have always been treated nicely by Canadians. They do seem to view Americans with skepticism, and I can't blame them. If we do something stupid on a large scale because of our leadership they might just be along for the ride.
I travel to Mazinaw Lake a couple of times a year to the cottage that has been in my stepdad's family since the '30s. I went to Algonquin PP for the first time last summer, and I hope to return next year. What an amazing place. The guy at the outfitters did say that American cars were the only ones getting broken into. We didn't have any trouble. My wife and I love Toronto for a long weekend. I am very surprised at the reports of vandalism, but I guess hateful people are everywhere.
As for the wipers, I would think the spring would be the best long term solution that would leave you to use whatever wipers worked best.
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