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Windshield wiper strangeness

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by spfrancis, Apr 9, 2003.

  1. spfrancis

    spfrancis

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    Hello everyone. This forum looks pretty cool. It has many nice features.

    I have a 91 80 series, and I am having a strange thing with the passenger side wiper. I notice that when it comes to rest at the bottom of it's arc, it is nolonger on the glass, but on the body instead. Even during operation, I notice that it is going too far down. I looked at the blade, and it looked okay. Maybe something with to motor or something. I checked the birfield archive, and I didn't find anything. Anyone here had the same experience?

    Sony,
     
  2. Beowulf

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    Hi Sony and welcome back to the relocated SOR group.

    Later: Reply below is wrong... see other posts.

    Your wipers can be adjusted if they are not travelling in the proper arc.  Each wiper arm is mounted on a knurled fitting. The wiper arm has a spring loaded clip that is on the part of the arm that is closest to the cowl.  Press this clip up and remove the entire arm from the fitting. It might be a little sticky but give it a good tug and it will come off. Pull straight out. Reposition the arm where you want it and reinstall. No tools needed.

    If the wiper arm is stripped, then buy a new set at your Toyota dealer or any autoparts store.  Toyota windshield blades are some of the best made. I'm using Bosch micros and I like them but we get very, very few chances to use them.

    -B-
     
  3. GhostCruiser

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    I have a 92 FJ80. To set your wipers at the correct pattern you need to pop the nut cover up and take the 12 mm nut off.

    Beowulf is correct about the knurled post the arm sits on. After aligning the blade in the correct position reset the base on the post and tighten the nut.

    -Darius
     
  4. cruiserdan

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    -B- ,look again, you are thinking of my Dodge truck.

    Sonny, don't pull too hard. The arms are bolted to the wiper link. Lift up the base cap, it hinges. This exposes a nut. undo the nut and the arm comes right off. The link post is splined, a new wiper arm is not. When the nut is tightened the splines on the link post make splines in the arm as it is a much softer material. You can relocate the arm up slightly. Look at the splines on your post, they may need to be cleaned up if there has been a lot of metal transfer from the arm. This somtimes can happen, especially if the post spins in the arm if the arm becomes loose........

    Regards......Dan
     
  5. Beowulf

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    By George Darius and C-Dan are right!

    I replaced 3 sets on different vehicles at the same time and forgot that the cruiser was different (much better design however.)


    -B-
    (2nd mistake in 50 years; wife one, aka the wicked witch, was the other.)  
     
  6. thorvald

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    make sure to take care of your wiper bolts and arms
    not sure if the PO overtightened a bolt or what, but the one arm was missing and the bolt was broken off when we bought ours, the dealer paid for the parts (190.00 list in spector for linkage with the bolt on it, $50.00 spector for oem arm).
     
  7. spfrancis

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    You guy's rock. I will check it out tonight.

    If you guy's are ever in the Wash, DC area, you have a place to crash at our house. :)

    Sony,
     
  8. cruiserdan

    cruiserdan SupportingVendor Emeritus Supporting Vendor Moderator

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    Thanks for the invite.......

    Got any Boddingtons? 8)
     
  9. spfrancis

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    I'm probably going to regret asking this, but what is a Boddingtons?

    -S
     
  10. Brentbba

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    SPfrancis,

    In answer to your latest question - :beer:
     
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    CruiserDAN

    I've never heard of that beer, before. Is that something that is found commonly? I'll have to try that one out. I'm not what you call a aficionado, when it comes to beer. It's funny though, when I'm working on my cruiser, I have to put it on to a country station, and drink an occasional beer. I find that when I drink too many the quality of work goes down. :D
     
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    The law of diminishing returns..........

    Boddingtons is a perfectly delightful English ale with a very clever pressurizig device inside, known as a WIDGET. I collect those. It can be aquired at many specialty liquor stores. I comes in a yellow cardboard sleeve, containing Four pints.

    80's content: 6 packages equals the cost of the CDL switch found in 91-94 models.

    so, to lock or to lap, which to choose?
     
  14. spfrancis

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    Just wanted to report two good things. I did remove the wiper, and it had just come loose. I tighten it up, and it seems to be okay.
    Second, I bought a 4/pk of Boddington's over the weekend. It was excellent. I'm glad you told me about the widget, since I was thinking it was a large agave worm.... ;)
    Later.
    Sony
     
  15. Jim_Phillips

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    -B-

    Your mistake goes to show that Darwin was right and that we each develop specialisations according to our environments. You for example, being from a very dry and hot part of the world, are likely to know a great deal about air conditioning -and bugger all about windscreen wipers 8)

    Have a Boddingtons and help out that dryness....

    Cheers, Jim :beer:
     
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    Jim,

    >> and bugger all about windscreen wipers <<

    How right you are! Our wipers generally get replaced when they dry rot though we seem to go through them about the same rate as wetter climates. The sun and heat takes a toll. We have an annual rainfall/snow of 8" and over half of that we get in Jul-Sep.

    -B-
     
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    And most probably don't know bugger all about Pair-O-Dice, CA where it rains more than in Staffordshire, is foggier than London, and snows in April... except a certain Englishman of my acquaintance, of course.

    And they sell wiper blades by the six-pack around here...

    R -

    PS: We don't have Boddington's, but we DO have Sierra Nevada - I mean the Brewery!  Eat your hearts out..
     
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    Ron

    According to the specialisation / environment theory, I would have expected a Californian like yourself, to have developed an expertise in beachwear and beautiful women - Not survival in cold wet climes.

    Of course, through my contact with you on this forum, I know that North California is altogether different to the California I imagined.

    Perhaps my preconceptions say something about my own fascinations :p

    Cheers, Jim :beer:
     
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    Old thread revival. :D

    Camping this weekend didn't realize some sap dripped on my windsheild. Next morning went to use the wipers to clean off windsheild (very windy and dusty), and stuck, before I could turn them off, the driver side stripped all the splines on the linkage bolt and arm. :bang:

    Looking through the FSM and toyota DIY, looks like the linkage that has the splined bolt is one piece... one $$$$ piece.

    Is that correct? Looking like ~$200 to repair :( unless there is a 'mud trick or find someone parting out a `94.
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