Pictures of how I adjusted the windshield wipers on my 89-97 Ford Thunderbird SC.
The left windshield wiper is in my field of view while driving. It seems too high up. It is only annoying when my eyes are open. I am moving it.
I want to make the wiper sit lower when the wipers are off. To do that I need to remove the wiper arm and re-attach it, turned a few degrees counter clockwise on the shaft.
I tried to work with the hood up, but the wipers seemed too high to reach.
To work with the hood down I had to turn the wipers on,
and take the key out while the wipers were high on the windshield.
I put some tape on the hood to avoid chipping the paint.
I moved the wipers back down to the bottom position, and
went back to working with the hood up.
That weird black plastic thing is my gloved hand.
There is a dot of paint on the wiper arm and the shaft
where the last mechanic to do this put an index mark.
If I lift up on the wiper arm and use a plier to pull this tab,
it locks the wiper arm just an inch off the windshield.
This releases pressure on the shaft and I can just pull the arm off.
I was expecting the arm to bend back 90 degrees, like on my
Nissan and Subaru. But it only bent back 10 degrees tops.
Hence the need for the little clip.
This is the underside of the wiper arm.
The little clip is on the left.
On the top right side of the circle there is a small plastic tab.
The tab locates the arm on the shaft so it will always go on the same spot.
There is the shaft, with the little notch on the left
to line up with the tab.
Here is that small plastic tab, on its way to the trash.
I pushed the arm on and
pushed the metal clip back down to lock it in place and that is it.
It took me an hour to figure out how the thing worked,
and about 5 minutes to actually adjust it.
If only someone would put a picture up on the internet to show how it worked.
There is the wiper back on the shaft.
The piece of tape shows where the wiper was before.
- Next I sold out to make 02¢
so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.
But no minivans!
- Then I finished my beer.
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