Windshield wiper installation: 2000 SL2

Discussion in 'Saturn S-series' started by Eric Mark, Nov 9, 2004.

  1. Eric Mark

    Eric Mark Guest

    Greetings all.

    I just purchased a pair of TripleEdge windshield wipers to prepare my
    2000 SL2 for winter. The wipers I have now are starting to smear a bit
    in rain; don't want to take a chance what they'll do in snow or ice.
    (I live in northeaster PA; fair amount of frozen precip most winters.)

    My problem is there are no clear instruction in re installing the
    wipers either on the package surrounding the wipers or in the Owner's

    First, I got the 22" blade for the driver's side and the 20" blade for
    the passenger side, as per the spec book at the store where I
    purchased them. The Saturn owner's manual says 21.5" for the driver's
    side. Is that a problem? If so, I'm not sure what the answer is, since
    there were no half-inch increments available in the wipers I looked

    Next, can anyone provide the Idiot's Guide version to changing the
    wipers without causing damage to the mechanism. I hate like hell to
    pay a mechanic to do it, but I don't want to try it myself without
    some kind of guide or instructions.

    Please forgive this request from a non-car guy, at least by the
    standards of automotive newsgroups. Also, speaking of winter, does
    anyone here recommend using Rain-Ex or one of the other
    windshieild-coating solutions for winter driving? I've never done it,
    but I know people who swear by it and tell me I should try it.


    Eric M
    Eric Mark, Nov 9, 2004
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  2. Eric Mark

    teem Guest

    Those wipers they sell in stores are cheaper,but, a pain in the ass to put
    on,Saturn wants $20.00 for 1 arm.I bought the store ones ,because I was sick
    of the farting the old blades were making,it was the end of summer,so,i took
    the cheep route.
    teem, Nov 10, 2004
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  3. ....Saturn used to replace just the blades on my 97 (not the whole arm) about
    once a year, when I'd remember to ask when getting the oil changed. I think
    it was like maybe $15 for both installed and seemed like a good value...
    Jonnie Santos, Nov 10, 2004
  4. Eric Mark

    Art Guest

    It may be easier to just change the rubber part. ANCO makes ones that fit
    oem with relatively easy to follow pictures on how to remove the old rubber
    and install new. I've done it on 2 cars and it was easy (though neither was
    a saturn)
    Art, Dec 2, 2004
  5. Eric Mark

    Eric Mark Guest

    Thanks for the advice, but I had the TripleEdge blades installed by a
    mechanic yesterday when I took the car in for inspection and snow
    tires. (Turned out I needed new front brakes too. Christmas shopping
    will be kinda lean this year.)

    They offered to install them for free, since they were doing so much
    other work on the car.

    Changing the rubber or whatever exactly is in the innards of the blade
    arms would have been the next step. It was getting pretty bad. I held
    out for the TripleEdge blades, though, because I've heard glowing
    reports of their performance in winter.

    Last winter---my first with the 2000 SL2---my biggest problem was the
    windshield smearing and fogging up when I ran the wipers constantly. I
    drove back from Ohio to eastern PA in a near-blizzard around the end
    of January. The road conditions were bad, but I'm used to that, and
    the car handled fairly well, even without winter tires.

    What finally caused me to pull off I-80 and spend the night in a hotel
    was that I could at times barely see out the windshield. I tried all
    settings of the heater, defogger and defroster, with and without the
    recirculation button activated. (Later I saw the owner's manual
    recommends not to use recirculation in winter; in my case nothing I
    did seemed to help much.)

    We'll see how it goes. Thanks again to all who shared their knowledge
    and advice.


    Eric M
    Eric Mark, Dec 3, 2004
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