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Any reason LR can't make a wiper arm that you can bend back more than 10 degrees to make it easier to put on new blades? Or am I missing the secret way to do this?

I ask 'cause it was pouring here today and I treated myself to new wipers. Pull into the garage to do this and kinda forgot that intermittent was on. Get one blade off and lay the bladeless arm on the window while I fumble w the new blade, drop of water musta rolled by the sensor and it decides to take a swipe... fortunately I pulled the metal arm off the glass before it carved an arc in the windshield.

I know most here would not do this, but just a word of warning to y'all.
 

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I found out the hard way while washing my 2010 that they don't come up very far! Who the heck designed these? Almost as retarded as Mercedes single whiper system...
 

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The trick is that you just need to release the clip and slide the blade forward, i.e. parallel to the existing arm, that frees it up from the hook and voila, then the new one just slides on and snaps in place.

True it's different from other cars, but once you do it one time, you'll see it's not necessary to raise the arm up at all more than an inch or two.
 

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But when I'm at a gas station cleaning the windshield, I can't even lift those suckers enough to slide the squeegee under the blades and it looks all messy and amateurish... I concur with goosey and TriGem, some drunken Scot was in charge of designing those wiper blade arms. :lol:
 

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I admit I was "that guy" this winter when I got new blades at the auto parts store - the guy offered to put them on for me and I had the little one and told him "yeah, I never thought I'd be saying yes, but go ahead." :crybaby2:
 

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PJPR01 said:
umbertob said:
...some drunken Scot was in charge of designing those wiper blade arms. :lol:
It wasn't me, I swear! :) :) :)
No doubt the same Scotsman who engineered the front brake wear sensor plug. I always questioned the engineering skills of the Scots ever since watching Star Trek. Scottie was always sandbagging Captain Kirk when he needed more power. But somehow he manages to find it and that warp drive never blew up to the point where it wasn't repairable. ******* knew it was there all along--just didn't want to repair stuff.

Also, not that you guys in Houston and The OC would use this feature much, but when you get an ice or snowstorm, its nice to be able to raise the wiper off the window more than 2mm. :D
 

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umbertob said:
If you think the front wipers are fun, try replacing the one in the back... That one is a riot. :x


I've been trying to replace the rear wiper and i'm baffled. Any tips from you guys, I see a slot on the wiper arm loop so I stuck a small flat screwdriver in to it hoping it would release the blade assembly but no luck. I also see a small tab next to the loop, I've push it and still no go
What am I missing here. Help please.
 

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gooseyloosey said:
PJPR01 said:
umbertob said:
...some drunken Scot was in charge of designing those wiper blade arms. :lol:
It wasn't me, I swear! :) :) :)
No doubt the same Scotsman who engineered the front brake wear sensor plug. I always questioned the engineering skills of the Scots ever since watching Star Trek. Scottie was always sandbagging Captain Kirk when he needed more power. But somehow he manages to find it and that warp drive never blew up to the point where it wasn't repairable. ******* knew it was there all along--just didn't want to repair stuff.

Also, not that you guys in Houston and The OC would use this feature much, but when you get an ice or snowstorm, its nice to be able to raise the wiper off the window more than 2mm. :D
Well...it actually did snow here yesterday in Houston...of course, nothing stuck.
 

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You could jam a can of Guinness between wiper arm and windshield overnight... Does beer freeze?

Re. the rear wiper arm, I didn't have much of an issue removing the old blade (the owner manual has instructions, I followed those and had no problems), but to find a replacement assembly that would slide between J hook and metal cover was a challenge.
 

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I just replaced them last week with not issues - must be a genius :)

Once you lift the little plastic tabb - the wiper should slide out, may need to wiggle it a but - just have to put the new wiper sliding the opposite direction from how you took the old one out.

Gooseyloosey - may be write up by you with pics is warranted :)
 

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Game on!!!!

Slushy beer - hhmm, not so tasty!
 

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PJPR01 said:
Texas 2
New Jersey 0
California 0

Game on!!!!

Slushy beer - hhmm, not so tasty!
:lol:

Idaho - forfeit
 

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gooseyloosey said:
Also, not that you guys in Houston and The OC would use this feature much, but when you get an ice or snowstorm, its nice to be able to raise the wiper off the window more than 2mm. :D
This is a real PITA when I head up to the mountains during snowboarding season. I have to remember to disengage the automatic wiper so I don't rip the rubber off of the windshield wipers when I start the car in the morning.

I think the heated windshield does the trick though...
 
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