I've got three separate pantograph wipers. None of them are holding tight to the glass anymore. When lifted from the glass they tend to stay lifted, pressing them back to the glass doesn't have them stay there.
I tried using some lubricant to free them up but I think corrosion has taken it's toll. I think it's a combination of failed springs and bound up pivoting points. The pivot point where it hinges at the motor shaft appears to be riveted in place. I'd have to drill it out and replace it on each arm (six total, 3 sets of 2 for the pantograph action).
My question is whether it's worth some elbow grease, a few parts and a rattle can of paint to refurbish them. Or whether it's better to just replace them outright. I've no idea what parts are involved, or how readily they can be obtained. Depending on which type these cross-reference to in modern part numbers it'd be between $130 and $250 per arm.
-- Bill Kearney
2005 Eastbay 47 FB - Solstice
Vessel Model: 1970 Egg Harbor 37 extended salon model
Join Date: Jan 2016
I replaced a couple springs with SS springs used for a motorcycle exhaust. I had to form a C clip out of SS welding rod as the springs were too tight to the window as is. Doin that is tricky to get right, too much tension and the blade friction is too high and it drags the motor down,
I did buy one new wiper blade, it will have a new spring.
Springs weak or hinges up at motor end binding. Flip them up and check the springs.
Yes, this will be the problem. Replacent springs of similar size should be easy to find in any hardware shop. I had to do that to my wiper arm once - many years ago - they last a long time, but do become 'tired' eventually. It is that spring about 5-6cm long fitted in under the cover over the nut where they bolt on you need to replace. Not even necessary to remove the wiper from the mount usually.
Just make sure the spring length is such that it takes some muscle (and needle-nosed pliers) to stretch it to hook the thing up at each end, or the wipers won't 'kiss' the glass firmly enough.
Anyone just use rain x and and forget wipers? I was thinking about removing them.
It'll depend on the angle of your windshields and what kind of spray your boat typically throws, plus how much you run in the rain. I had a wiper switch issue that took out 2 of my 3 wipers one day last year on a somewhat sloppy day. Not a big issue for the most part, but I had a couple incidents where I threw up a big enough wall of spray that when a bunch of it landed on the windshields I was running blind for a good 10 - 15 seconds until they cleared enough. Fresh rain-x would have helped some, but with my raked-back windshields they just don't drain all that fast.
As a test, keep the wipers in place, but make a point not to use them. See how often you find yourself needing them.
RainX works great in the rain. It doesn’t work on those days where you are getting salt spray over the bow. If you are getting green water over the bow it works great. It’s the occasional spray over the bow we’re the water evaporates so quickly that you end up with a salty window. That’s when you will wish you had real wipers.