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Tech 101: What You Need to Know About Windshield Wipers

Posted December 31, 2013 8:00 AM by dstrohl
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Windshield wipers have been used on cars since they were first invented by Mary Anderson in 1903 and were standard equipment on most makes by 1916. The first automatic wiper powered by an electric motor was invented by Charlotte Bridgewood in 1917. Little did either realize what their inventions would become on today's production car.

All cars from that time until the Forties and even the Fifties had a flat windshield and the wiper blade need be only a rubber squeegee mounted to a rigid frame that could wipe across the flat glass. They were attached to an extension arm by a small bolt and nut or a hooking mechanism that allowed for a small amount of flexibility at the joint. The blades themselves were very short, in most cases less than 15 inches long.

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12/31/2013 9:38 AM

We were at a worksite for about a week and on our return we were just talking about this.

We stopped for gas, and our coworker who was driving his car, cleaned the windshield and a wiper popes off and went flying about 15 feet.

The funny thing was, I was always just slightly embarrass about putting in new wipers, and least the first one. After the first one, the second one goes on in a minute. I mentioned this. After mentioning this, it was the same for the rest in the car felt the same way.

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01/02/2014 11:26 PM

A wiper "popes" off? Does this relate to Catholicism?

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01/03/2014 7:51 AM

Word has it, the pope is an avid windshield wiper collector........

Hey, last week at this same gas station I saw Elvis filling up.... the senior bus from the home where he is staying.

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