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Regarding a 2001 Subie outback. In intermittent and low speed my wipers travel the proper distance while on the highest setting the drivers side blade travels past the windshield. Any thoughts?

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    paulmacintyre Apr 30, 2015

    You may have a worn wiper transmission linkage assembly. This normally is the result of turning wipers on with heavy snow on the windshield or ice build up causing the wipers to stick to the windshield. The wiper cowling will have to be disassembled for linkage assembly inspection

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This issue is commonly caused by worn out bushings in the wiper linkage. They are fairly easy to replace just pop out the damaged one and match it up with a new one and pop it back in.
Below is a pic of the replacement ones that come in a multi pack made by dorman



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Posted on May 01, 2015

  • Leigh May 02, 2015

    Thanks Kevin! I haven't really dug into it yet, but I also noticed after my post that the passenger side is slapping well below the stopping point. I'll pull things apart and see now that the weather is clear

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SOURCE: windshield wipers travel past the driver side window:

There is a tool for that, to take the spring tension off the arm

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Then the arm comes off & you can reinstall in a different place

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