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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 09-02-2016, 09:05 AM Thread Starter
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wiper arms hitting the hood

First I tried adding shims under the hood hinges. I had 0.075" under the right side and 0.050" under the left, the hood began to be higher than the fender and right arm was still hitting. Second I tried "rebowing" the hood as described in other threads, but that made no difference, I was not comfortable trying to bend the hood. Third I put a 0.085" shim under the right wiper pivot, (removed half on the hinge shims I added earlier) and the wiper arms clear the hood by 0.050". See photo below, I tied a string on the shim during installation in case I dropped it. Do you think it is OK to have the shim under the pivot?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-06-2017, 09:08 AM
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Hi Rick,

I've had this exact same issue with my 164-S, that I purchased new, since it was a few years old. I have shimmed up my hood the same way that you did. I doubt that there is a problem with shimming down the wiper spindle as long there is no interference with moving parts and you have full engagement of all threads on the spindle nut (Loctite blue may help too).

I believe that the real issue is that the wiper arm, between the spindle mount and the flex joint bends (just what you've photographed above). I've seen threads on how it can be bent back but perhaps a new arm is a better, albeit still temporary, solution.


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