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Old 01-27-2015, 08:02 AM
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Quick question here:

What keeps water from getting in around the wiper shafts and then entering the car's interior?

Is there some sort of gasket or..... ?

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Old 01-27-2015, 08:31 AM
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My car has some gray putty/sealant around the base of the shaft.
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Old 01-27-2015, 11:28 AM
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Good question that I want to solve as well. There was this grey body putty/sealant around mine as well. Someone have also put a O-ring in the bottom behind the putty, but half of it was inside the sheet metal anyway. The putty might have been flexible around the time Jesus walked here, but it was kind of half stiff when I removed it. For sure it didnīt help to stop any rain coming in. If nobody comes up with anything better, I think I will try some gasket when I put it back. Maybe a flat kind of O-ring will do?
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I believe this is what the factory used or at least that's what we always called it. 3M seam sealer works just as well.

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Default Wiper Shafts

I am in process of installing electric wipers and windshield washers. I removed the louvered cover over the two wiper shafts. The shafts were sealed with a white calk of some kind. It appears to have a crack in the sealant between the shaft and the body of the car.

I think I will remove it and replace it with a sealant that will remain flexible.

Also the metal screen under the louvered cover has some paint were the louvers are. I think the screen was all black. Does somebody know for Shure if it was all black? When the car was repainted I don't think the screen was removed from the louvered cover, and it got painted along with the cover.
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Also the metal screen under the louvered cover has some paint were the louvers are. I think the screen was all black. Does somebody know for Shure if it was all black? When the car was repainted I don't think the screen was removed from the louvered cover, and it got painted along with the cover.
Yes, the screen was painted black from the factory.

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Default Front Grill Brackets

Guess I should have asked before I painted the screen Corinthian White. No big deal to paint it black, since it is all cleaned and painted.
Now I'll ask. How about the top brackets that hold the grill works in the front bumper?? Black or silver?? I think mine were black, but they were pretty rusted when I removed them.
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I've been trying to locate the source of a water leak lately. If I have to drive in rain, eventually I start getting water dripping onto the driver side floormat.

Like Anders said above, the white caulk stuff on the wiper shafts was pretty dried up, and there was a small o-ring underneath there too. I used some black RTV silicone, then tightened down the collar while the silicone was still workable. I picked up a box of that 3M strip caulk stuff, and will wrap a strand of it around each wiper post.

Inside the cowl, there were a lot of areas where this tar-like stuff (seam sealer I suppose is what it was) was loose of missing. What was still there was very brittle and shattered when poked at. I intend to re-seal all of this and then hope for the best the next time I get stuck in a rain shower...

(Clarification: Actually my 13 yr. old will do this job since his hands are smaller and the holes in the cowl aren't very big. I'll be the "project manager")
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Now I'll ask. How about the top brackets that hold the grill works in the front bumper?? Black or silver?? I think mine were black, but they were pretty rusted when I removed them.
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I've always painted the bumper and grill brackets black. I haven't found any documentation that shows whether they were black or silver but any that I've seen that weren't rusted looked black to me.

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My cowl had rusted through on both sides just before it drains down (there's a little low spot that apparently holds water). I used some POR-15 products to patch it up. You might want to check that area out if you haven't already done so.
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