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Old 05-04-2008, 11:40 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I'm just saying, if both wiper motors go out how much will you spend on new motors and installation? a few hundred bucks?

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Old 05-04-2008, 11:59 PM   #22 (permalink)
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I'm just saying, if both wiper motors go out how much will you spend on new motors and installation? a few hundred bucks?
Yeah, I understood you, and I was sort of joking anyhow. I found a wiper cowl on the Internet for $35, so that's an option.

I'm still thinking about turning the motors off, since I've never seen front wiper motors fail (I see rear ones fail far too often). Nearly everything we do with our cars contributes to their demise.
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Grill blocks and the cowl over the wipers and removing the top rack are easy to do and will probably do the most for you. You should also consider removing mud flaps if you have them since they're just big air dams behind the wheels. The other thing to consider is how you drive. Don't forget the big saying around here. "The biggest FE mod you can make is to adjust the nut behind the wheel". Drive more slowely and more conciously. Read up in the Ecodrivers Ed area for tips on how to drive more fuel conciously.
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My friends dodge dynasty has both front wiper motors out. He says he has to put his head out the window to see. I suggested getting some rainX and a squeegee to wipe off the windows with it while he was driving. The manual windshield wiper
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Old 05-06-2008, 04:41 AM   #25 (permalink)
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With Upper Grill Block, I've noticed that below 50-55mph the drops that form below the wiper at rest migrate with the flow over the hood fairly uniformly. However, after 55mph it appears that some turbulence (at least non-laminar flow) sets in forward of the wiper, actually causing the dops to stagnate, and sometimes retreat to toward the front. I can't determine whether it's a function of the wiper blade interference drag at that speed, or just that the airflow changes off the hood making a low pressure area just forward of the lower windshield.

It would be intersting to witness it without the Upper Grill Block to see if it's altered.

That's interesting. I couldn't sleep, so I got up an poked around. I noticed that both wipers can be lowered below the hoodline with a minor adjustment of an 1+ inch on the passanger side and 2 inches on the driver's side. Of course, I will need to make sure they don't hit each other or the base beneath the window. But it looks doable, and nothing but the base of the wiper arm will be in the path of the wind. All said, it's probably too difficult to measure the results, but it's worth a try.

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