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Upon reading threads searching for replacement headlight wipers I decided to skip the headache and cost and instead rely on some recession-spurned engineering. Below is a step by step (with pictures <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> ) how to guide whereby you will learn how to "recycle" a windshield wiper blade to make 2 new headlight wiper blades.<p>**The instructions below do not pertain to the frameless wipers on some R models after '04. Instead using a standard blade (below $7 at any car part store) will accomplish the same thing**<p>Needed:<p>1-Pair of pliers <br>1-Pair of needle nose pliers<br>1-Pair of tin snips or heavy duty wire cutters<br>6-beers (optional) <p>So I started off by replacing my windshield wipers. The wipers cleared the rain well enough but started making that chattering noise that gives me the shudders. Changing the windshield wipers is easy enough to do, if it was challenging for you then please call your local dealer and order replacement headlight wipers. By all means suck up the cost and call it a day. For those with a little shade-tree mechanical skill crack open a beer, break out the tools, and keep reading.<p>My headlight with wiper:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-1.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Articulate the wiper arm like so:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-2.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Pull the wiper away from the arm:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-3.jpg" BORDER="0"><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> Looks like the stock blades:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-4.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Separate the blade from the arm:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-5.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Note the single metal band/rib running through the blade. <p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-6.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Arm sans blade. My blade was vulcanized to the metal arm and I used the needle nosed pliers to clean up the old rubber:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-7.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>What's up old windshield wiper? You're going down!<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-8.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>There are two bands/ribs running through the windshield wipers. This photo shows those metal ribs clearly after the blade had been cut with either wire cutters or tin snips:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-9.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>The ribs pulled away from the rubber from the windshield blade:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-10.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>With the single band/rib from the stock headlight wiper as a guide use the wire cutters (or tin snips) to cut 2 ribs from the windshield wiper blade to an equal length:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-11.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Pictures of One rib stock headlight wiper on top, 2 bands/ribs cut from stock windshield wiper middle and bottom.<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-12.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Find a good length of rubber from your used windshield wiper (with removed metal bands/ribs). Use the stock headlight wiper as a guide and cut the windshield wiper rubber to an equal length.<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-13.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Slide the 2 cut bands into the newly cut rubber:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-14.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Slide the rubber and bands/ribs through the wiper arms:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-15.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Compare it to the old blade Looking good <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-16.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>If it isn't quite snug carefully use pliers to cinch down the clamping points:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-17.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Pop the completed blade assembly back onto the wiper arms. Make sure the shorter end is pointed toward the grill:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-18.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Admire your $0 handy work and go to the store and buy yourself a case of beer with the money you saved:<p><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-19.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br><i>Modified by sh8kdwn at 12:12 PM 5-12-2009</i><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by sh8kdwn at 1:34 PM 5-12-2009</i>
 

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Re: How To Replace Your Headlight Wiper Blades For Free (sh8kdwn)

Good idea, I was thinking about going to Walmart and picking up a set of generic wipers so I can use them for the headlights. Does the wiper just snap off the arm?
 

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Re: How To Replace Your Headlight Wiper Blades For Free (xman03)

I believe Walmart may have a windshield wiper for around $5 that should work for this application. <p>The blade pops off the arm surprisingly easy.
 

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simple yet intelligent. I like it!
 

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Re: How To Replace Your Headlight Wiper Blades For Free (sh8kdwn)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sh8kdwn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Needed:<p>1-Pair of pliers <br>1-Pair of needle nose pliers<br>1-Pair of tin snips or heavy duty wire cutters<br>6-beers (optional) <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You forgot 1 band-aid! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> Nice write-up.<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sh8kdwn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-18.jpg" BORDER="0"><br></TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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Re: How To Replace Your Headlight Wiper Blades For Free (sh8kdwn)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sh8kdwn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br><IMG SRC="http://i72.photobucket.com/albums/i179/SH8KDWN/Wiper-8.jpg" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Looks like you're giving your old wiper blade some iteration of 'the shocker' <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Nice idea - I have my old wiper blades for toying around with replacing the blades on them.<p>Keep in mind, this won't quite work w/ the newer style blades on our cars, but you should be able to get away with any standard blade or refill <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: How To Replace Your Headlight Wiper Blades For Free (VTT5)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>VTT5</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>You forgot 1 band-aid! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> Nice write-up.<p> </TD></TR></TABLE><p>I was wondering if anyone would notice that. I didn't have that gash when I started the project <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> . I was talking to my mailman while I was cutting and apparently should have been paying more attention (no beers to blame it on this time).
 

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Re: How To Replace Your Headlight Wiper Blades For Free (AthruC)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AthruC</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Keep in mind, this won't quite work w/ the newer style blades on our cars, but you should be able to get away with any standard blade or refill <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Do you know what year they changed the wiper style? If I recall it was the '06 and '07 that have the newer version. If you clarify the years I will add the disclaimer to the beginning of the post.
 

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Re: How To Replace Your Headlight Wiper Blades For Free (sh8kdwn)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sh8kdwn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Do you know what year they changed the wiper style? If I recall it was the '06 and '07 that have the newer version. If you clarify the years I will add the disclaimer to the beginning of the post.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Well, I have an '05, and it has the new style blades (i.e. no frame to it, just the blade itself)<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DGBibo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">why not just buy a set for $30?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>'Cause this looks kinda fun, and like one of those "check it out, I did that!" kinda things? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"><p>-Steve
 

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Re: How To Replace Your Headlight Wiper Blades For Free (sh8kdwn)

Great idea. I wonder if we can fit a set of double wipers on the headlights. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.causa.com/store/images/products/large/17804.JPG" BORDER="0">
 

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excellent writeup, looks like fun <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I mentioned this idea some time ago and the only problem I ran into is that they break after 1-2 months and have to be redone. <p>I redo mine everytime my parents change their wipers.
 

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Wiper delete time.<p>Since i'm in California, we really have no need for thoes things.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>chinaonnitrous1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wiper delete time.<p>Since i'm in California, we really have no need for thoes things.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Still no real plug options for the bumper holes left after the removal. I ran my car for several months without the whole wiper assemblies. I wasn't a fan of the look.<p>Perhaps a wiper delete and fill will be in order but only after I retrofit an intercooler sprayer using the headlight wiper hoses (I know it's been done).
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sh8kdwn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Still no real plug options for the bumper holes left after the removal. I ran my car for several months without the whole wiper assemblies. I wasn't a fan of the look.<p>Perhaps a wiper delete and fill will be in order but only after I retrofit an intercooler sprayer using the headlight wiper hoses (I know it's been done).</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thats the bummer.<p>Then with the Evolve bumper, if you sand and fill it....it'll probably sag.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthdown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>chinaonnitrous1</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Wiper delete time.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Oh yes...<p><A HREF="http://www.vparts.se/sv/artiklar/volvo/s60/ovriga-produkter-10/tackpluggar-s60r_v70r.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.vparts.se/sv/artikl....html</A>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>m3nt0s</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>Oh yes...<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You say "oh yes" and I say "äsch ja"
 
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