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Is it just me, or is it a little strange that you can't flip up the wipers without opening up the front hood? I have two issues with it:<p>1. When I wash my car, I like to flip up the wipers to get them out of the way.<br>2. When its snowing out, if I park outside I like to leave my wipers flipped up so they don't freeze to the window. For anyone living in snow country, this is standard operating procedure, right?<p>The new Audi A4 has the same issue, but in the computer interface there is a setting where you can permanently move them to the half way point up the windshield, then flip them open.<p>by the way, besides a few minor gripes like this, the car is really awesome. 1.5k miles on it so far, the total package is the best volvo we've ever had. I've totally forgotten about the mileage issue, its irrelevant. Besides, we're getting around 20 combined local/highway, not so bad.<p>JF
 

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Re: 09 xc70 wipers (Surf NH)

You can bring them to the "up" position (or 90 degrees position relative to the hood) with the key still in the ignition and bring the wiper stalk towards you and up - that is the way of changing the wipers. Same story on the new Passat.<p>Cars are no longer built logically unfortunately.
 

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Re: 09 xc70 wipers (gascos80)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>gascos80</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">See page 227 in your user manual.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Nice find... guess we should all read the OM more often!<p>For others who are lazy:<p>"Service position<p>The wiper blades must be in the service (vertical) position for replacement or washing.<p>1. Switch off the ignition (ignition mode 0, see page 77) and keep the remote key in the ignition slot1.<p>2. Move the right steering wheel lever up and hold it for at least 1 second. The wipers will then move to the vertical position on the windshield.<p>The wipers will return to the normal position when the vehicle is started."
 

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Re: 09 xc70 wipers (Surf NH)

that's awesome, my bad! thanks guys, you made my day!
 

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Re: 09 xc70 wipers (Surf NH)

For what it's worth, I thought this was bad design too. It's good to know that there's a Rube Goldburg workaround, but this is the first of a dozen or so cars that I've owned in which I can't just lift the wipers to clean the windshield or dry the car after washing it. It's as though someone figured this out after the call was ready for production and put in workaround, rather than fix the design.<p>In any case, and for better or worse, I wouldn't have thought about consulting the owners manual, so thanks for that post.
 

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Re: 09 xc70 wipers (mathfuzzy)

I also got into this situation when I first washed my V70. It's kind of irritating that you have to put it up using the wiper stalk to clean the bottom area of the windscreen. So I just decided to carefully lift the wiper up (since there is still some clearance) and slide my cloth underneath to dry up the last few drops of water. <p>Anyway, I'm guessing here, but I believe that this is done for aerodynamic purposes?
 

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Re: 09 xc70 wipers (Surf NH)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Surf NH</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">2. When its snowing out, if I park outside I like to leave my wipers flipped up so they don't freeze to the window. For anyone living in snow country, this is standard operating procedure, right?<p>JF</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I never flip my wipers so they don't freeze in winter. Here is one good reason not to:<p>Last year on my Mercedes, both my wipers started to skip wiping a section in the center of the blades. I changed the blades ($80 a pair, ouch!!!) and it did not solve the problem at all. The dealer told me it is because the spring inside the wiper arm is getting tired. This happens when people flip their wipers when parked so they don't freeze in the winter. I bought my car 4 years ago when it was only 1 year old and 20,000km and never flipped my wipers in winter, ever. The dealer still insist that this happens very often when people have this habit of flipping their wipers in winter.<p>I just though I would share this as new wiper arms (they don't sell the springs by themselves) are very, very expensive.
 

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Re: 09 xc70 wipers (Surf NH)

Never heard of excess spring wear on the wiper, that's a weird one? I've been doing it for years, never had a problem.<p>I also thought the wiper design was somehow screwed up, but since I saw the same thing on the new A4, it's probably planned by some brilliant engineer (like me unfortunately)....like add 500 lbs to the car so that it requires a much bigger engine, then make those dang wipers more aerodynamic to save 0.01 mpg? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>By the way, I tried doing this work around last weekend when I washed the car and it worked fine......but, be careful. It started raiing as I was drying my car, I jumped in the car reql quick to start it to pull in the garage, and just then luckily thought to myself that the wipers would automatically go back to the original position when I hit the start button.....so I flipped them down real quick, started the car, ....and surely they did go down. So if they had been sticking up, they would have been driven into the edge of the hood and scratched the paint off. Now for a work around, that's a stupid design in my mind.<p>By the way, the A4 work around is directly in the computer interface (MMI?) on the dash screen, there's a setting that you choose for maintenance mode of the wiper, and it stays there until you uncheck the setting I'm quite sure.<p>JF
 
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