2011-03-02

Well That's No Good

While driving to the East Bay last week, in the second foulest Bay weather I've ever been in, I noticed water dripping onto my leg from under the dash. A quick inspection revealed quit a bit of water dripping out of my fuse box, and I thought this was a really bad thing. Directly above the fuse box is the post that connects the wiper motor to the windshield wiper arm.

Look at that picture: What you don't see is any sort of rubber washer to keep the damn rain from dripping on my fuse box. Since I found bits of a washer around the post, I presume the washer had simply rotted away during the last 50 years and needed to be replaced. Hey! I can do that.

The Quick Fix

Without too much time to dilly-dally, I cut a piece of old bicycle tire inner tube to fit over the post and bolded everything back together.

See that bolt holding the wiper arm to the post? That bolt has an 8 millimeter head. Before I even started this little project I knew it was an 8 millimeter head; not because I had measured it, but because the 8mm socket is missing from my damn tool box. grrrrrrrr

Go fix stuff.

Comments
2011-03-06 David:
What kind of machine (car) is that with the bad wiper grommet? I love cars and have many...some good..some bad, but none with a bad wiper grommet.

dave
2011-03-06 jezra:
She's a 1961 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia.
2011-03-07 jpope:
Of course the 8mm socket was missing. This always happens to me too... If it wasn't for my visegrips, I doubt I'd get anything done. :D
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