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« Reply #15 on: August 08, 2003, 09:33:18 AM »

It's true, in Indiana, for the most part we just get rain.  Nothin' fancy.  It helps grow our corn.  

Marsha,  it's facinating that you have 24" on an 02 Aztek.  I wonder how that happened?  Anyone else measure their blades?
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« Reply #16 on: August 08, 2003, 10:33:03 AM »

Our 2001 cam with 24 on drivers side and 22 on passenger. When I replaced them the auto-parts place gave me 2 24's and it wasn't long before they were getting together  , I just snipped off some excess from the passenger side
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« Reply #17 on: August 08, 2003, 10:38:58 AM »

I'll have to measure mine.  I was looking at a reference in an auto parts store & they had 24' on both sides listed through 2003.
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« Reply #18 on: August 15, 2003, 09:00:47 AM »

Well that is what the stupid Dealership Told me But I will check because they are stupid!
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« Reply #19 on: August 18, 2003, 06:55:33 AM »

Snce the dealership adjusted the wipers I've had no problems with the 24's. :lol:  Unfortunately the manufacturers don't always tell the aftermarket of changes they make from year to year.  Shocked Most aftermarket catalogues are fairly accurate even though they'll tell you to check your original equipment before replacing.  :wacko: Used to be a time when people who worked in an auto parts store were well informed about what was going on in the industry, NO MORE. :angry:  They hire some idiot off the street and teach them how to punch a few computer keys. When I owned my auto parts store we kept in touch with the mechanics who did the work for updates.
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« Reply #20 on: August 18, 2003, 07:27:21 AM »

For most parts stores here, you better know more than the guy/gal behind the counter if you want the right thing.
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« Reply #21 on: August 19, 2003, 05:33:03 AM »

Probably the best thing is to go to your independent parts store. These people are very knowledgable and don't charge any more for their parts than the chains do. You can be assured of getting top-notch help and information and parts that last. What good is a life time warranty when the chains weasel out by finding something minor and then attributing the failure to improper installation!!!!! :wacko:  Sad  :angry:

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« Reply #22 on: August 19, 2003, 08:06:37 AM »

I agree Jack. To quote a line from the movie Tommy Boy.

"A guaranteed piece of sh** is still a piece of sh**".
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« Reply #23 on: August 19, 2003, 08:10:06 AM »

Amen, SirIsaac.  Get quality first & you will never be sorry you did.
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« Reply #24 on: April 16, 2004, 08:50:50 PM »

Ok you guys, what do you think-
   I searched on the "tangled windshield wiper" and read all posts.  
QUESTION- how do you realign or readjust the wipers if that's what is needed? Is that the real fix or is putting  22" on the passenger side the TSB fix? My service dept claims there isn't a TSB for this problem. (Teks are rare here, so it's not like they service them every day).
    I was aware of some Teks having experienced this problem but had never had the problem in the 2+ years of ownership; nor have I needed to change the wipers. But after my windshield was replaced again (along with repriming the metal and repainting underneath where the mastic had pulled some paint), I noticed my wipers were acting differently. However, I went down in the US VI for a couple weeks and then it was very dry so I never really had to use my wipers much.
  Then 2 days ago, when we were headed over the coast range during a real downpour behind a semi- THE DARN WIPERS TANGLED AND LOCKED UP. My service dept claims it was because my wipers were old and torn. I think because the wipers were old, they tore during the tangle.  All they did was replace the wipers (charged me of course). No realignment or adjustment. Sad
 
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« Reply #25 on: April 16, 2004, 09:06:04 PM »

Yes, the TSB is to replace one blade with a 22" blade.   Kinda cheezy if you ask me!   I've always put 24" blades on my 01.
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« Reply #26 on: April 16, 2004, 09:16:59 PM »

It is due to the design of the winshield and the placement of the wiper postes on the cowl.  One side is 22 and the other is 24.  Several GM cars are built this way.  The current Cavalier/Sunfire started the whole thing.

If you want to avoid having them tangle, follow the TSB and you should not have any problems.  In fact, if you went to the dealership to purchase the blades, you should get the proper lengths.  I have not checked, but usually Anco is pretty good from an aftermarket standpoint on wiper blades.  When I replaced them on my wife's Cavalier, they had a package with the two different lengths inside with even paper labels attached for the driver and passenger side!  I am not sure if they still do that and if they have them for the Tek, but it would be worth checking.
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« Reply #27 on: April 16, 2004, 10:06:35 PM »

how hard would it be to realign them.  if i remember right my uncle doug had this problem with his old cutless, it was that the bolts holding the them in position were at a insuficient torque due to the fact they were cheao low lorque bolts.  he bout like 6 high stregth stainless still bolts and used them.  
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« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2004, 12:41:50 PM »

They are not difficult to align, but it is much easier to get the correct wipers.  Re-aligning the wiper arms may change how the wipers sit in the "park" position.  What I mean by that is that when the wipers are off, they will either sit too high or too low in the windshield.  They may not extend far enough during operation to clean the entire windshield or they may goo too far and hit the A-pillar.  Re-aligning then involves a little bit of trial and error, moving them up a spline at a time on the shaft to the point where they don't hit each other and yet don't hit the cowl or the A-pillar.

I guess I just like having the parts that I replace being as close to the original equipment as possible (almost as if I am restoring it).  Maybe I am being too fussy
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« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2004, 03:51:09 PM »

Thanks, that helps a lot.   You guys are awesome. Cheesy
    Yes, the wipers were set too narrow and not cleaning the entire windshield (it wasn't just in my mind). When my husband untangled them, he pulled on the drivers side wiper so that it now hits the driver side pillar. The other is still set so it doesn't reach toward the passenger pillar as far as it should. (I'm so glad you guys are teaching me and I'm learning the terminology).
    In the end, Pontiac Service Dept guy replaced the wipers with GM stock wipers, but didn't adjust them at all like I think he should have. Ordinarily I would have just gone to NAPA. Wipers cost ($12 ea) but they were going to charge me $10 just for looking at them anyway even though I felt it was a warranty problem leftover from the windshield and paint work.
   Live & learn. But seems like I always pay to keep on learning I guess!! I know my husband knows this stuff, but he's not a good teacher (lack of interest in it), but he's a hunting fool! and he's 60 mi south of here dragging his second bear out of a canyon. I must confess, spring bear meat's very good. I'd give you all some if you were here. Tongue
 
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