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Offline red_imps_2003

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New windscreen. Wipers looking...odd.
« on: September 19, 2017, 11:55:53 PM »
Windscreen was replaced yesterday after nasty crack set in. Passenger side wiper has always pointed at a slightly funny angle, to me, but now looks like this: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7c2LWtxcTqKemF6SVNRcm5GN1U - that's not right, surely?

Judging by images of other 3s of the same vintage on the Internet, even the driver's side looks a little prominent?

The following was taken a few weeks back and they don't look as 'bad': https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7c2LWtxcTqKOUJwdTRETWM0a3c

I guess my questions are:

(a) What's up with that?
(b) Is it possible to reset them as a DIY job or is it likely to need specialist tools?
« Last Edit: September 20, 2017, 12:05:05 AM by red_imps_2003 »
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Re: New windscreen. Wipers looking...odd.
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2017, 07:40:52 AM »
It looks like the wiper arm is set in the wrong position.  I can't see properly from the pic but I think there's a cap covering the nut which attaches it - ping the cap off (if there is one), then undo the nut underneath, pull the whole wiper arm off the spline, re-position the arm a bit further clockwise on the spline (so that the arm is further down the screen) and re-fit and tighten.
Often the arm comes off easier if you stand the wiper arm up (in the position you would put it when cleaning the screen) before you pull.  Wiggle it clockwise/anti clockwise as you pull. The arm is usually quite stiff to dislodge from the spline - if the threads are long enough then slacken the nut but don't remove it, therefore the arm will dislodge from the spline without smashing you in the face as it pops off, then remove the nut and the arm.   Don't be tempted to re-fit the arm too far down the screen - wipers settle in slightly different positions due to dry screen or snow etc.

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Re: New windscreen. Wipers looking...odd.
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2017, 06:04:16 PM »
Tall333 is absolutely correct in everything he says. However If you have just had your windscreen replaced, my first action would be to take it back to the windscreen fitters and get them to sort it out.  It looks to me like they have taken the wiper arm off and have refitted it incorrectly.
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Re: New windscreen. Wipers looking...odd.
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2017, 07:16:16 PM »
Thank you to both of you. I tackled it this morning before I read your response, Willpower. It was easy enough to do in the end and they seem to be working fine after my adjustments (still to test long-term or 'proper' use, mind).

To be honest, I signed the form indicating I'm happy with the work and should have looked closer. I suspect it wouldn't have been worth the hassle of chasing them on this occasion.
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Re: New windscreen. Wipers looking...odd.
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2017, 07:16:16 PM »