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Old 11-08-2009, 11:17 AM   #1
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DIY - Standing rear wiper for hatchback

Story:
The rear wiper is a shelf for dirt. During the winter months, I suspect it'll clear snow more effectively by pushing it down instead of bunching it to the side. This took about 30 minutes and is easily reversible.

Tools:
1. 10mm socket - used on wiper arm and motor
2. #2 Phillips screwdriver - used on motor
3. Slotted screwdriver with tape - used to pry trim panel

Procedure:
1. Remove rear wiper arm (refer to service manual pg WW-29).
2. Pop off the back door trim (refer to service manual pg ED-142).
3. Disconnect the white power plug from the wiper motor.
4. Remove the three bolts holding the motor.
5. Remove the four screws off the cover plate.
6. Lift the long arm off the white gear.
7. Rotate the short arm to the left and reconnect the long arm.
8. Reassemble and enjoy.
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Last edited by sex; 11-08-2009 at 11:07 PM. Reason: added tools and story section
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:58 AM   #2
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do you have a before and after pics? and what size bolts and what not.... it would be a great how to and you got most of it already here...
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:59 AM   #3
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If you dont want to do it I gotta do mine soon, and I think it would be a good addition to the DIY section.
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Old 11-08-2009, 12:59 PM   #4
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Whats the purpose of having the wiper stuck up all the time .......?
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:01 PM   #5
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I'm with you. I don't see the advantage.
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Whats the purpose of having the wiper stuck up all the time .......?
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:01 PM   #6
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Im going to remove the wiper myself and have the hole filled, and there are plugs at the hardware store that can be painted that fit right in the existing hole. Or in my case I am gonna have it filled when I have some body work done.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:13 PM   #7
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meh... I'd fill mine in but most of the time I need it to work.... I'd rather have a DIY for intermittent wipers.... which I think we already have one...haha
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:15 PM   #8
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Yeah, i haven't seen anyone with a set that really works properly, to me it feels like an afterthought by toyota, it doesn't even stay on the glass and is noisy... worst feature of the car in my opinion. Plus I am all for weight loss on this car, and thats another 5 or so pounds not needed.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:19 PM   #9
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Yeah, i haven't seen anyone with a set that really works properly, to me it feels like an afterthought by toyota, it doesn't even stay on the glass and is noisy... worst feature of the car in my opinion. Plus I am all for weight loss on this car, and thats another 5 or so pounds not needed.
well i wish i had a rear wiper , i dont. if you want my suggestion apply lots of RainX on the rear window and you wont have to use the wiper. it a lot of work for very little gain chongo, just my thoughts
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:30 PM   #10
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I find my rear wiper useful now the one on my scion xb was crap!
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:36 PM   #11
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Well thanks for the input guys but for me I think out is the best for me. I like the look and the weight loss, I count it all now. I am gonna change batteries and a few other things too, the car drives unlike any yaris I have driven. It is loose still but I haven't stiffened the suspension yet.
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Old 11-08-2009, 03:36 PM   #12
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Whats the purpose of having the wiper stuck up all the time .......?
It doesn't gather dust and dirt when it's sitting that way versus the stock horizontal position. My wiper blade collects a ton of nastiness, I cringe sometimes if I have to use it since it'll spread it over the back window.
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Old 11-08-2009, 11:07 PM   #13
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Added tools and story section. I had reservations about it interfering with my rear view but it's barely noticeable after a few days. Since I live in a dusty area, there's less build-up.
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Old 01-17-2011, 10:58 PM   #14
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Just came across the DIY and was wondering if there were any downsides to this mod?

I like it because 1) as stated, crude doesn't build up on the static blade as it does in the stock position and 2) the blade is more efficient pushing water and dirt down off the rear window versus across it!

I plan to give it a try when I get a chance, but thanks for the great instructions!

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Old 01-18-2011, 12:48 PM   #15
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It's been more than a year now and my only observations are:

1. The blade conformed to the glass .. doesn't affect function
2. It's hardly noticeable, especially if the rear headrest is up
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So no issues with the blade staying against the glass while driving, i.e. the wind causing it to "chatter" at high speeds or anything....

Honestly, I am surprised that more people don't do this mod. Given the limited rainfall we get here in southcentral Texas, and the vast amounts of dust we have to put up with; this seems like a more practical set-up than stock.

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Old 01-18-2011, 09:37 PM   #17
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I got the idea from looking at Vitz in Japan.
It won't chatter at all, MadMax.

Also, gives confusion to people as to why the arm is stuck at that position (whereas we know, its still functional).

i wish i waited and followed this DIY. I'll forward this to another member who i tried to help, but couldnt get the wiper to set in at that angle...
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Old 01-19-2011, 07:25 PM   #18
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Whats the purpose of having the wiper stuck up all the time .......?
Snow/ice won't pile up on the wiper like that. I like the idea. Now, could you show us how to use a regular/replaceable auto parts store blade instead of that proprietary piece of junk? <.<
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