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Old 03-01-2012, 08:34 PM   #1
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Ok guys I'm having an issue with my driver side windshield wiper hitting my pillar. I'm pretty sure its the motor. I have a 2003 wrx and just want to confirm if this is the issue before I go and spend money on the motor. As far as I know the wiper motor has never been replaced. Thanx for any input. And before I get flamed I did use the search button and got nothing.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:43 PM   #2
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When you wipers are off, does the wiper blade sit below the clear area of the windshield? (ie: on the black band along the bottom)

Not sure how these wiper arms are mounted, but my Ranger's wipers would jump a spline once in a while and go rouge.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:46 PM   #3
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is the arm resting in the right spot with your wipers off? If it stops too high just losten the bolt that is under the ruber plug, realign, and finally tighten again.

sorry if this is not your problem not trying to insult you or anything.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:46 PM   #4
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When you wipers are off, does the wiper blade sit below the clear area of the windshield? (ie: on the black band along the bottom)

Not sure how these wiper arms are mounted, but my Ranger's wipers would jump a spline once in a while and go rouge.
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:48 PM   #5
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When I'm driving it rests low sometimes and then at other times it doesn't. And when it rests low it won't hit the pillar but when it rests high it hits the pillar. And it only hits the pillar when I'm driving. When I'm just sitting there at idle it wipes farther away from the pillar. Does that makes sense?
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:52 PM   #6
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When I'm driving it rests low sometimes and then at other times it doesn't. And when it rests low it won't hit the pillar but when it rests high it hits the pillar. And it only hits the pillar when I'm driving. When I'm just sitting there at idle it wipes farther away from the pillar. Does that makes sense?

see if the bolt is tight that holds that wiper arm. there is a rubber plug covering the bolt (or should be atleast).
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Old 03-01-2012, 08:54 PM   #7
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It is tight. I've checked it a cpl times
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:13 PM   #8
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A pillar or roof line?
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:14 PM   #9
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A pillar or roof line?
A pillar.
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:16 PM   #10
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I had this problem with my 1998 Outback when I bought it with 166,000 miles...

Order a couple of these from Amazon: Motormite 49447. Then follow the link below and voila!

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...php?p=15511229
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Old 03-01-2012, 09:30 PM   #11
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Great info in that thread Jay. Will deff try this out. Thanx a bunch
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:20 PM   #12
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Noooo don't do what he said, literally the easiest fix just take your assembly apart and you will see it just popped off the little ball mount I think I used like a washer or something in there to fix it and no more hitting my a pillar ( btw it ripped all my paint off my A pillar , so I feel your pain )
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Old 03-02-2012, 04:52 PM   #13
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Noooo don't do what he said, literally the easiest fix just take your assembly apart and you will see it just popped off the little ball mount I think I used like a washer or something in there to fix it and no more hitting my a pillar ( btw it ripped all my paint off my A pillar , so I feel your pain )
My white bushings were worn which was causing the wipers to travel past their intended positions. Changing out the bushings was the correct course of action to fix the problem.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:32 PM   #14
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It looks a little stripped to me. Sorry if you can't see it good it's a phone pic

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Old 03-14-2012, 01:53 PM   #15
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I'm having the same issue. Thought I bought the wrong size blades. My drivers side wiper also seems to have poor performance on the down wipe.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:30 PM   #16
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I had the same issue, same year car. My mechanic took the covers off and found that a small white plastic washer/ball joint cover is used as stock. well that plastic piece broke off so we had to order a whole new wiper assembly. I would take a look under the plastic wiper assembly cover to see if you have little white pieces of plastic in there.
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Old 03-14-2012, 02:34 PM   #17
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I had the same issue, same year car. My mechanic took the covers off and found that a small white plastic washer/ball joint cover is used as stock. well that plastic piece broke off so we had to order a whole new wiper assembly. I would take a look under the plastic wiper assembly cover to see if you have little white pieces of plastic in there.
The black shroud? I took both wiper arms off and never saw a white piece. Is it down further or should I have seen it?
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Old 03-15-2012, 12:31 PM   #18
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:43 PM   #19
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Take the cowl piece/shroud off of the base of the windshield. The white bushings are in the wiper linkage arms. Did you look at the link that i posted earlier? I think that it had pictures and all in there.
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Take the cowl piece/shroud off of the base of the windshield. The white bushings are in the wiper linkage arms. Did you look at the link that i posted earlier? I think that it had pictures and all in there.
Ok I'll deff look into that tomorrow. Gotta go to work now. How do you take that cowl off?
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Old 03-16-2012, 12:09 AM   #21
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Ok I'll deff look into that tomorrow. Gotta go to work now. How do you take that cowl off?
Carefully! The plastic can be a bit brittle.
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Old 03-20-2012, 01:45 PM   #22
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Well took it all apart and the nylon bushing on the linkage is there but worn and it's causing play in the arm. Thanks guys your awesome for the input. On my way to get that bushing kit.
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Old 03-20-2012, 09:55 PM   #23
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Wipers work!! Thank y'all so much for the input
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Mine did the same thing a few years ago when there was too much snow on my windshield
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:47 PM   #25
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hey slightly unrelated to your question earlier, but I've got an '04 STI and the wipers are stock. They are kinda hurting, so to speak: they don't wipe the windshield clean anymore and they streak pretty badly. Do you know which brand or model wipers would be a good replacement? I live in NY so they'd have to be relatively heavy duty for winter driving.
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