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« on: March 23, 2005 08:03:21 AM »

When I lived in Prairie du Chien, the guys at Car Quest did it for me.  But the Car Quest guys in Platteville aren't accomadating.  I need the change my windshild wipers.  But how?
BTW My car is a 03 Dodge Intrepid
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2005 08:58:41 AM »

There are usually directions on the packages of windshield wipers that tell you how to change them. Actually there are different types of directions for the different types of wiper arms. Its not that difficult to change them, the hardest part may be unlocking the old blade- but once you get it off you've got only straight sailing ahead. Don't be discouraged, you'll feel mightily handy and superior after you've changed them.  Grin

To let you know now what problems you may have taking off the old wipers- these are problems I had:
-Since the wipers spend all their time in the gunky weather, they get ooky and dirty which can make them hard to unlock and pop off
-Change the wipers on a nice bright sunny day instead of a cloudy rainy one, sometimes there are markings to tell you how to remove the blade that you can see in good light.
-Some blades just have a cover for the lock mechanism and slide off.

Most places that carry car parts and wipers have books or little machines where you just look up your car and they tell you the wiper sizes. Like for my car, a 95 ford escort station wagon, the driver's blade is 20in, the passenger's is 18, and the rear window is 14. So just make sure you put the right size blade on the right arm.
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You can always go to a different car parts store and have them change them for you, like Advance Auto Parts.

My belief is- if you can add washer fluid to your car, you can change the wipers.

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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2005 10:40:48 AM »

Thanks, I got it done.  My wiper arm has a hook on it, and I needed to push the old blade off.  I was trying to pull it off.  I think the Car Quest guys in Prairie were just going the extra distance, because we were one their big accounts.  We had a body shop there.  My DH passed away last summer, so I need to learn to do car stuff myself now. 
My daughter has a 95 Ford escort, too.
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2005 04:54:33 PM »

I'm very sorry to hear about your DH, loss is very hard to deal with and even more so with new things that you have to take over.

To aid in the future, since you're new to the whole taking care of the car business, there is this lady who is great. Her name is Lucille Treganowan and she's a mechanic in her 60's with her own car care business and cable show on how to repair and upkeep your car. She's even written a no nonsense book:
Lucille's Car Care: Everything You Need to Know from Under the Hood-By America's Most Trusted Mechanic by Lucille Treganowan

There are a couple of other books aimed at arming women with car know how:
The Woman's Fix It Car Care Book: Secrets Women Should Know About Their Cars
Mary Jacksons Car Smarts: An Easy-to-Use Guide to Understanding Your Car and Communicating With Your Mechanic

At the very least you'll get an idea of how your car works and the real names of essential parts so when you take it in, you won't get took.

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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2005 05:36:31 PM »

Here's my philosophy: Every woman should be able to change a tire. No woman should ever have to change a tire.

Any car quest guy that will sell you a windshield wiper, then watch you try to put it on yourself needs to see me for a little lesson in propriety. Seriously. I would inform him that after you gave Car Quest your business (the amount spent is irrelevent) the least he could do is put the wiper on for you, or at least offer. Sheesh. It's called "common courtesy." or "being a good citizen." or "decency." or "not being a douche."
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« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2005 07:48:22 AM »

Conley; Thanks for the book titles, I'll have to go have a look at them.  I do understand car terminology, and know parts.  I've just never had to get my hands dirty.  I know how to check the fluids, and add if needed.
Sundance, I like your philosophy.  We should know how, and not have to do it.
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