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Old 03-21-2022, 05:35 PM   #1
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19-22 Dutch Star windshield wiper alignment

I know this has been covered in the past by DS Don and others, but since I just did mine today I thought I would go over the procedure for most 19-22 DS. There are most likely some differences between other models and years.

I opened the hood and slid out the generator for optimum access but it still would help to be a monkey to perform this task.

Both arms can be adjusted up or down so they are parallel to each other on the windshield and not hitting the lower rubber part of the windshield when parked. Each side has a round arm that has spherical rod ends and retainer nuts locking them in place. First for the easy side (drivers side)-just loosen both nuts at each rod end using an 18mm wrench for the nut and a 3/4" to hold onto the flat of the rod end. The outer nut is a right hand thread and the inner is a left hand thread. Once I had the nuts loose, I just turned the rod about one turn to get the drivers side wiper arm up a little so it is parallel to the base of the windshield. Then tighten each nut and move to the passenger side arm. The passenger side arm has the same two rod ends that you need to loosen the nuts-again, with the same thread sequence. This is where it gets tricky. On my coach the passenger side rod between the rod ends has a bend in it in order to clear the air conditioning box. Because of this, you cannot just turn the rod because the box interferes with this process. I first tried to remove the nut and screw that hold the outer rod end on and it was impossible to break loose, thus I went to the inner rod end and it is held on by a snap ring. To remove the snap ring, I rotated the notch in the snap ring(opposite the open end of the snap ring) so it was facing up. Then I was able to insert a small screw driver into the notch with the screw driver coming in from above the AC box and popped it off. There were two thin washers behind this snap ring. Once the snap ring is removed, just pull back on the rod end to remove it from the shaft. After that, I rotated the rod one turn and it came up perfectly parallel with the drivers side arm and was not below the bottom of the windshield any longer. I put the rod end back on the shaft, installed one of the thin washers (I lost one) and I was able to press the snap ring back in the groove with my fingers. Finally, tighten the rod end nuts making sure the bent rod has plenty of clearance from the AC box and test wipers. Don't do this with the DW around because there will be many four letter words expelling from your mouth during the process.
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Old 03-21-2022, 06:19 PM   #2
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Howard....I've done this adjustment three times before I realized what was causing them to droop. I would make the adjustment you described, until they were level, and 6 months later they were drooping again. The problem......the nut that holds the arm on is not tight enough.

My last adjustment, I retorqued the large nut to 70 ft pounds. The first day, I torqued them to 60 ft pounds. I went out 24 hours later and torqued them to 65 ft pounds. The third day I torqued them to 70, pushing closer to 75 ft pounds.

The reason for the three-day process is that the splines on the arm are soft and have to set. Adjusting them each day allowed them to set, before I torqued them again. It seems like the issue is solved, as they haven't moved in quite a while.
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Old 03-21-2022, 09:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the heads up Don. I will check the torque again-did basically same procedure as you did a few months back. My wipers were not properly aligned from the get go so it was just bugging me how it looked. I wish we could follow these things through the production process on the line and tweak everything as it gets built. It's getting better but still chasing down a lot of random noises when going down the road that just bugs the *&$&() out of me.
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Same as you, the drooping isn't a huge issue as long as they're not hitting the rubber, but the uneven look makes me nuts.
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Old 04-20-2022, 06:20 PM   #5
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Anybody have their intermittent wiper controls not work?

I have a 2020 Dutchstar on a Freightliner chassis
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