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Re: convince me it's worth fixing my headlight wipers (98 S70)

Post by erikv11 »

I plug the washer line when I remove the wipers.
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Post by j-dawg »

abscate wrote: Fri Oct 06, 2017 11:33 pm Just remove one of them and then tell people one-wipered cars is a new thing.
New? They've been making these since '85!

Actually, mine has headlight wipers too...and they're broken. Surprise surprise.
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Post by abscate »

I fixed mine with yellow zip ties because I ran out of pink ones -
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Post by scot850 »

Biggest issue with these is the overload resistor failing with time. If we could find a source of those square thick film (or whatever they are called) resistors then fixing them would be fairly easy. After so many years they need a service like most other parts of any car using grease, and a fresh amount of grease, new resistor and off they go again. Most of us would only have to do the job once in the cars' lifetime (or is that our lifetime?). I use the copper wire replacement, but need to look again at the in-line fuse to prevent blowing the main fuse which takes the main wipers out and some other stuff.

If you don't need them as the headlights don't get too bad when driving year around I wouldn't bother. Here in winter they are handy to have in snow and dirty roads we get, but even I have doubts on their use.

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Post by utilityaudio »

Thanks everyone, sounds like a pretty unanimous chorus of "don't bother"

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Post by wizechatmgr »

Ceramic/Sand resistors?

Like these? https://www.allelectronics.com/item/2.5 ... tor/1.html?
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