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Old 01-16-2014, 03:35 PM   #1
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Thumbs up My solution for the MK2 windshield wiper path gap!.

Recently Ive seen a few people on this forum that had expressed some dismay with the windshield wiper path gap on their MK2's.
I also was rather disappointed with the dribble of wiper fluid and or water/ice which blocked part of my field of view while driving city conditions that in my opinion was a distraction to keeping my eyes on the road and surrounding drivers.

I started calculating what size wiper would be needed to accomplish this goal, so i measured what was on the car from the factory and it was 22 inch (21.5") drivers side, and 19 inch (18.5") passengers side.

In an attempt to offset the gap at the top i went to a 26 inch (25.5") and a 17 inch (16.5") passenger side which kept the blade ends from interfering.
I tried it out and i had to my surprise eliminated all but 5/8th of an inch of the gap!. But being a recovering perfectionist off the wagon i decided to mess with the wiper arm position!!!!
So i moved the passenger arm up a little from its resting position about an inch and tried it out, but it had a problem of the drivers side arm making contact with the passenger arm in their resting position. I then moved the drivers side arm up just enough to clear the passenger arm, the results?.... BINGO!!! i now don't have a gap any more!!!!!

I took a few pix to demonstrate the positioning and wipe path....


Lookin good from here!.


Its close but there's no interference!

No arm interference!

Only lost 1 inch of wipe area on the passenger side.

YEAH BABY!!! no more wiper gap or dribble!!!

The pros of this fix:
1) No more gap.
2) No more dribble down in drivers field of view while city driving.
3) Increased wiper area on drivers side.

The cons of this fix:
1) One inch lost of wiper area on the passenger side.
2) Passenger wiper arm is up a little higher then usual but still not interfering with the drivers field of view, (thought i would mention this for those of you are are sensitive to those type of things!)

So far this is working out very well for me!, if you choose to try this let us all know your results!!!!!



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Old 01-16-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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How did you adjust the wiper position? I am having problems w my drivers side wiper skipping. I have tried everything but it still happens
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Old 01-16-2014, 03:47 PM   #3
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How did you adjust the wiper position? I am having problems w my drivers side wiper skipping. I have tried everything but it still happens
I your referring to wiper contact with the windshield exercise the hinge on the arm and lube it.

If your arm is slipping on the spline and get out of sequence with the passengers side arm carefully pull the plastic cover off the arm ( pull on the sides of it to unlatch it on both sides), use a 13mm socket and an unfasten nut. Carefully use some vice grips on the bottom side of arm and the top of the pivot shaft bolt and clamp, should pop off with very little effort. Reposition arm in desired spot put nut back on and torque to 20 ft pounds.

Hope this helps you?.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:42 PM   #4
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Mine was moved up to a position you had moved yours up to, I took it to Ford and had them move it back to factory spec. The wiper now moves about an inch beyond the rear view mirror and is much less annoying, but now the driver's wiper seems too high on the windshield. I have the beam style wipers, so I'm not sure how that affects the width since they have a little attachment to allow them to hook onto the wiper arm.

The wipers are pretty close as it is now, I'll take some pics in the morning.
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Wiper path never bothered me enough to even think about this.

Just beware, I live in a rainy area at an autoparts store and customers come in all the time with broken wipers and arms. A strong gust of wind at the right angle can cause the two wipers to catch.

This can ruin the blades, or even worse the arms, motor or linkage assembly.

Just a warning, but otherwise good job :p
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Yeah I'm thinking that's a little too close for comfort after moving the arms, but I'd be willing to try just the different blade lengths.
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Nope. Idont get it. Stock is fine. Viva la difference
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When i was experimenting with the wiper lengths and adjusting arm position i took into account the the normal force of the reversal in direction causing what appears to be "end slop" or play that allows the wipers to go beyond their expected path of travel at full reach and at rest when at their fastest speed setting even when winds are hitting the vehicle when on the highway.

I am on the highways a lot and have tested this extensively in various snow ice and rain loads, (the weather has been nuts here lately!) Ive encountered winds hitting the vehicle that were akin to another vehicle colliding with it while the wipers were in use causing them to pause for an instant then continuing on and there has been no interference at all as well as for the other a fore mentioned conditions.

The proximity of the wiper ends to each other is an inch closer together as compared to stock settings of an inch and a quarter in distance and has not posed a timing issue at all as this was my very first concern when i was testing the concept.

The other concerns i had were arm interference at rest between the passenger arm and the drivers side wiper blade.

Passenger side arm travel distance (an important one!)
And drivers side arm travel distance.

Concerns about wind forced arm interference is somewhat a moot point as the stock setting for the wipers are also interference path in nature and if damage happens through a forced timing conflict its going to happen regardless of the particular setup!

This was the setup that worked best for me, but if someone else finds a better combination of blade lengths and or arm position, or even thinks of some other concept im definitely going to try it out! as it just might be better than what i have come up with!
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Nope. Idont get it. Stock is fine. Viva la difference
If you're comfortable with that stream of fluid or ice that dribbles down in your field of view from your wipers in city driving because of the almost 3 inch designed misalignment in wiper path,.... more power to ya!!!!
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