Jerry SuperDork
Dec. 1, 2015 7:58 a.m.

I changed the wipers on Subarust for the winter, and a new battery a few weeks ago (that one not by choice). But I'm a little tired of the wipers slapping the sides. It isn't even consistent, sometimes the A pillar, sometimes the bottom.

Is there a cheap fix that doesn't involve parts from the dealer made of Unobtainium?

trucke Dork
Dec. 1, 2015 8:16 a.m.

gearheadmb Reader
Dec. 1, 2015 8:21 a.m.

I had the same problem on our Honda. It was the linkage bushings. I bought a universal kit at the flaps, it had some that looked like a match but they didn't last long. I'm gonna try rockauto for originals.

GameboyRMH MegaDork
Dec. 1, 2015 8:22 a.m.

I'm not even sure what causes this, on the old cars I've seen the wipers' range of motion is mechanically limited, I'm guessing it's electronically controlled on newer cars?

EvanB UltimaDork
Dec. 1, 2015 8:23 a.m.

You could just buy my Subaru, it doesn't do that.

1988RedT2 PowerDork
Dec. 1, 2015 8:33 a.m.

Why would you fix that?

Busted flat in Baton Rouge, headin' for the trains
Feelin' nearly faded as my jeans
Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained
Took us all the way to New Orleans
I took my harpoon out of my dirty red bandana
And was blowin sad while Bobby sang the blues, yeah
With them windshield wipers slappin' time, And Bobby clappin' hands
We finally sang every song that driver knew, yeah

ME & BOBBY MCGEE (Fred Foster / Kris Kristofferson)

Jerry SuperDork
Dec. 1, 2015 3:21 p.m.

In reply to EvanB:

Or just buy the Opel and go back to MR.

Streetwiseguy PowerDork
Dec. 1, 2015 4:06 p.m.

That really shouldn't be possible, unless there is a whole bunch of slack in the linkage and the wind causes the change. I suppose if the nut at the base of the arm is slightly loose, the arm could shift occasionally so it would hit the base for a while, then the pillar.

EvanB UltimaDork
Dec. 1, 2015 4:55 p.m.
Jerry wrote: In reply to EvanB: Or just buy the Opel and go back to MR.

The Opel already sold, it is now being built for rally america.

I agree that it is probably the nuts that hold the arms on, check to make sure they are tight.

Dec. 1, 2015 5:37 p.m.

I had that problem once when I bought wipers that were too long, but I'm sure that's not your case.

Good luck

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