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Old 10-07-2008, 06:50 AM   #41
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I may be doing this tonight... mine really took a turn for the worse this last week.

Thanks for the DIY!
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Old 10-07-2008, 08:11 PM   #42
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Did this tonight. Seriously only took about 20-30 minutes. Thanks a ton for the DIY!

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Old 10-07-2008, 08:29 PM   #43
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:26 PM   #44
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Ordered mine, once it gets here it's go time. Thanks for the DIY
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:02 PM   #45
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Another thread bump... Tischer was on point once again and shipped it here quick and packaged it up good! Thanks!

Also, to add to the install process, when it comes to taking the wipers off, I did what the other posters suggested and bent the wipers arms straight to relieve tension on the spring and wiggled them around a lot until they became loose enough for me to turn the wipers straight up vertically. After that and some more wiggling and rotating the metal wedge piece that held them in came right out. Took me about 30 minutes but was an easy DIY. Thanks!
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Old 02-01-2009, 08:14 PM   #46
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Im about to change mine do you have any ideas on how to protect the new one?
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:51 PM   #47
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And, should you put a sealant in the groove of the cowl?
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Old 02-05-2009, 12:17 AM   #48
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no need for sealant. To protect it just put a good rubber/vinyl dressing on it to protect it from heat/sun
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:55 PM   #49
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Thanks for the DIY. I also need to replace the wiper motor, wipers home position is straight up. Good news is that they go to 3 o'clock when wiping, then back to up. Is there a DIY anywhere for the wiper motor assy?
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Old 03-26-2009, 07:10 PM   #50
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ill be doing this tomm, thanks for the diy!
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Old 05-25-2009, 08:07 PM   #51
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I just did this today. Great improvement. I didn't use a gear puller. I actually found it helpful to bend the arm which gives you more leverage to wiggle it out. Thank you for posting this DIY.
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Old 10-13-2009, 11:21 PM   #52
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good writeup, i just did this install in 15 min!
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:53 PM   #53
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just did this today, definitely don't need a gear puller, although it was a little frustrating at first. Once you get the wipers off, piece of cake...think it took about 25 minutes for me. Much less next time...
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:11 PM   #54
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Keeping up with the Ultra-Violet Rays

I replaced my lower windshield cowl in January.

The original -11 year old one - was very brittle.



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Old 03-25-2010, 09:33 AM   #55
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Ordered my parts from Ticher yesterday. My old one is real bad, cracking and falling apart! Going to replace the cabin air filter while I am at it.
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Old 06-14-2010, 12:41 PM   #56
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Need to do it this week. Mine took a real beating.
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Old 08-29-2010, 05:02 PM   #57
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Push the arm down and wiggggle it, it'll come out easily. Also, do not re-use the clips. Total time 20 minutes.
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Old 11-06-2010, 01:27 PM   #58
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http://www.otomaroc.com/viewtopic.php?f=339&t=1732

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Old 11-12-2010, 05:39 PM   #59
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My cowl is faded but not cracked. Any issue with just hitting it with some matte black paint? I do need a replacement seal for the bottom windshield though.
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Old 03-05-2011, 12:52 PM   #60
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Performed this fix this morning. Removing the wipers seemed to be the toughest part. After multiple attempts to wiggle it out, I sprayed it with WD40, waited 15 minutes and it slid right off without any friction. I think part of the key thing here is to slide it straight off along the cylindrical z axis of the bolt, or else it just seems to grab harder.
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