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Old 03-31-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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Question Why do people tape their rear windshield wipers down?

This question has bugged me for a couple of years....has anyone else seen a vehicle's rear wiper blade taped down with what appears to be masking tape? Often it is green, but sometimes blue or white. I've seen this over too long and on too many kinds of vehicles to think it is random....

It would be great if someone were to at least post in reply saying they have seen the same thing.

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Old 03-31-2011, 10:47 AM   #2
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Car washes do it to SUV wipers, I think to prevent damage. My wife is a chronic car wash user.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:53 AM   #3
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Car washes do it to SUV wipers, I think to prevent damage.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:54 AM   #4
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Default Re: Why do people tape their rear windshield wipers down?

More than likely it's because they just had a new window installed.
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Old 03-31-2011, 10:55 AM   #5
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It is people forgetting to take it off after they get a car wash. See it all the time.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:01 PM   #6
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It is people forgetting to take it off after they get a car wash. See it all the time.
They dont forget.It is there the same reason as going through a car wash.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:06 PM   #7
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Default Re: Why do people tape their rear windshield wipers down?

[QUOTE=Piscatus;3604957]This question has bugged me for a couple of years....has anyone else seen a vehicle's rear wiper blade taped down with what appears to be masking tape? Often it is green, but sometimes blue or white. I've seen this over too long and on too many kinds of vehicles to think it is random....

It would be great if someone were to at least post in reply saying they have seen the same thing.[/QU

Your kidding right?

It's from going through a car wash.
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:26 PM   #8
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Default Re: Why do people tape their rear windshield wipers down?

Yep car wash. Must keep the air blower from lifting/breaking the rear arm
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Old 03-31-2011, 12:32 PM   #9
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They dont forget.It is there the same reason as going through a car wash.

Took me a minute....but I got it.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:47 PM   #10
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Default Re: Why do people tape their rear windshield wipers down?

I've seen it and wondered about it, too, until some one pulled in front of me coming right out of the wash. I've also seen plastic sleeves that slide over the blade. I guess that must keep the wax from getting on the blade.

I would think if the car wash folk put it on, they should have to take it off at the end of the wash. I wouldn't be too happy with them leaving tape on my vehicle. Seems like removal should be a standard part of the service.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:50 PM   #11
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Guarantee it's from the car wash. I live right next to Kaady and they do it to almost all SUV's and vans.
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:38 PM   #12
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Thanks for shedding the truth on this one, I rarely take my truck or car (which neither have rear wipers) to the wash anyway. Even back in the day when I had a '89 Plymouth Voyager and used the carwash then (in the late 90's) no one taped the rear wiper down, it must be a new thing with the air jets or something.
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Old 04-03-2011, 05:21 AM   #13
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Default Re: Why do people tape their rear windshield wipers down?

The rear wiper of my late 90's expedition sits on a little rubber mount...below the window.

The things that hang down in a car wash actually grab the wiper and pull it off the mount.

The blade then can spin around 180 degrees and the metal part of the blade scratches the paint below the window.

And, if I didn't know it was flipped and activated the wiper, the metal blade then scratches up the back window.

Don't ask me how I learned this...
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Old 04-03-2011, 01:19 PM   #14
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Default Re: Why do people tape their rear windshield wipers down?

I ran the truck through the car wash today. The suv in front of me had a rear wiper. The wash jockey pulled out a strip of blue tape and applied to the wiper.
Mystery solved.
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