3. CARS WITH REAR WINDOW WIPERS
(Non-Wiper Models – Skip to Preparation Steps)
Due to variations in location of factory installed rear window wipers, some wipers may touch the louver or louver hardware when parked or at the full extreme of operating travel. There are two ways to correcting this. This first is to re-index the wiper arm. Remove the wiper arm assembly where the wiper arm is connected to the motor shaft by lifting the locking tab and lift the arm off the shaft. Operate the wiper mechanism and turn to the “OFF” position. With the wiper turned off, push the arm assembly back on the motor shaft allowing 1/2” clearance to the louver. This will allow the wiper to cycle normally without hitting the louver.
The second method of correcting wiper hit is to purchase a wiper assembly approximately 2 inches shorter than the factory-supplied wiper assembly and install it in place of the original.
4. PREPARATION STEPS
NOTE: You will need the following items on hand to make a good installation:
1. Paper towels or a clean lint free rag to clean the window.
2. A bottle of rubbing alcohol to clean the window. Nothing else will clean the window without affecting the adhesive strength of the attaching hardware.
3. A soft lead pencil or wax crayon to mark the hardware positions.
4. Putty knife
Clean the glass with alcohol and paper toweling or clean rag, giving special care to ensure clean edges and corners. The glass must be above 60oF (warm to the touch) for the special adhesive to bond securely. If necessary, warm the glass with the rear window defogger or a hair dryer.
To achieve proper fit of all components, they must first be temporarily secured or “tacked” to the glass as outlined in the following installation steps.
After complete installation of the louver, avoid pressure spray car washes or extreme cold weather for the next 24 hours to allow the adhesive to bond properly.
5. INSTALLATION STEPS
Take the two side panels and trial fit each to the glass. The outer edges should slip under the window molding. Use a putty knife to assist in this procedure. Peel back a small section (1” or less) of the protective cover on the double sided tape along the straight edge. Use a crayon or soft pencil to mark the location of each side panel in its best fit location. Tack in place by pressing on the side panel where the protective cover has been removed from the tape.
In order to ease the installation of attaching hardware on cars with rubber window molding, lubricate the part of the plate that goes under the molding with a small amount of dish washing detergent.