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Old 07-20-2001, 09:05 PM   #1
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Question What the hell is this thing on my A-Pillar!?

Have you noticed that many cars (Including some subarus) have a little lump or a little rectangular cube ( English isn't my native language, so it's kind of hard to explain ) that stands out from the A-Pillar?? What is it for?? I have wondered this for ever, and no one has been able to give me an answer. I've gotten things like "it's for aerodynamics"....aerodynamics? a little 1,5 cm lump? I don't think so. So I'd really appreciate if some of you guys could tell me what it is for.

I made a little diagram to show where this thing is...


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Old 07-20-2001, 09:06 PM   #2
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mmm....it seems that the pic doesn't work. Well, anyway the thing I'm talking about is pretty obvious, so you should be able to know where it is.
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Old 07-20-2001, 09:30 PM   #3
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I heard it was to assist in closing the window at speed. It tucks the window to the weatherstripping.
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Old 07-20-2001, 09:34 PM   #4
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thanks a lot for answering. That answer makes much more sense than other ones I've heard.
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Old 07-20-2001, 09:46 PM   #5
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we have frameless windows. this is used to keep the theives from pulling the window open enough to open the door dn drive away with my baby!
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Old 07-20-2001, 10:03 PM   #6
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I remember watching a TV show about people who stole cars here in Chile....and they showed how a guy opened a subaru legacy's window to the side with his hand, and with a stick opened the lock on the inside...then he got in and disconnected the alarm's wires and ran away with the car..that's not very nice...

I hope that lump works...Eventhough I think that car had it...
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Old 07-20-2001, 11:19 PM   #7
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i now have learned to steal my subie
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Old 07-21-2001, 01:46 AM   #8
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I opened my door on the freeway once and quickly shut it. The little a pillar tab somehow ended up on the wrong side of the window. I simply opened and shut the window which corrected the problem.
but it illustrated thwe function and importance of this little device,which I never noticed until then. Jag sells a gimmicky little sticker that looks like brass, and says "Do not open windows at speeds over 100 mph" Whod'a thunk it.
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Old 07-21-2001, 01:54 AM   #9
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"ran away with the car"



Did he just put it under his arm?
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Old 07-21-2001, 01:58 AM   #10
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He put it in his backpack

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Old 07-21-2001, 05:08 AM   #11
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did they show how he stole that backpack too?
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Old 07-21-2001, 05:16 AM   #12
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probably the same guy who stole my backpack..

if there is a chesse sandwich in there then its mine
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Old 07-21-2001, 05:40 AM   #13
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( English isn't my native language, so it's kind of hard to explain )
kotaro-

I noted great English skills, seriously. Your post was more fluent than many of the other posts from people who have spoken English all their lives. This has nothing to do with your topic, but seriously, good grasp. Thought you'd like to hear it.
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Old 07-21-2001, 09:03 AM   #14
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on cars with dramed windows, they still often have a little tab on the a pillar. I thought this was to help with routing water from the windshield or something......
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Old 07-21-2001, 10:14 AM   #15
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That little nub on the a-pillar was actually designed to spur lengthy discussions about its existance on message boards such as this...

From the Latin BANDWIDTHUM WASTICUS.

obviously I'm kidding I am more inclined to think that peice is designed in relation to the windows in some way, whether for theft deterance, to guide the window while closing, or whatever.

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Old 07-21-2001, 11:49 AM   #16
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Your post was more fluent than many of the other posts from people who have spoken English all their lives
i resent that!!
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Old 07-21-2001, 05:27 PM   #17
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I noted great English skills, seriously. Your post was more fluent than many of the other posts from people who have spoken English all their lives. This has nothing to do with your topic, but seriously, good grasp. Thought you'd like to hear it.
Thanks a lot for your comments about my english

The school I go to was founded by some North-American people. I've had english classes in school since I started going to school, and almost all teachers talk to us (students) in english all the time (many of them are from the US or UK or Australia)...sometimes that can be very annoyng though; it's much easier for me to speak in spanish than in english. So I write, talk and listen to english almost daily. That constant contact with any language (in this case english) helps a lot to learn more about it.
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Yeah, your english skills appear to be much better than some other posters around here
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Old 07-21-2001, 07:12 PM   #19
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I dunno if that bump works too well, i had to hire a locksmith once to open my door and they were able to wedge the window open enough to jimmy the power lock open ^^

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Old 07-21-2001, 08:51 PM   #20
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Grr, so easy to break into a Subie! Why'd they deisgn it that way?

Oh well, I suppose it's better than a thief smashing the window open and getting to the power lock that way...
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Old 07-21-2001, 10:40 PM   #21
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The school I go to was founded by some North-American people. I've had english classes in school since I started going to school, and almost all teachers talk to us (students) in english all the time (many of them are from the US or UK or Australia)...sometimes that can be very annoyng though; it's much easier for me to speak in spanish than in english. So I write, talk and listen to english almost daily. That constant contact with any language (in this case english) helps a lot to learn more about it.
Not only is your use of the English language quite fluant and precise; Yet better than 90% of the students I have met that were born and raised here in the States!
You do like run-ons however
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