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Old 04-14-2012, 09:38 PM   #1
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Anybody know what this is?

Today I did some work on my windshield wiper motor. This was loose inside the frame of the windshield. Looks important but I couldn't't figure out what it is for and where it belongs..any ideas?

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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It looks like it can hold the windshield up but I'm not to sure.

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Old 04-14-2012, 09:57 PM   #3
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The bolts in your windshield frame hinges thread into those
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Old 04-14-2012, 10:14 PM   #4
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Oh...that does sound important. Does it go inside the frame? Not sure how to hold that in place to start the screws......
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It's a huge pain. I hooked two lengths of string to a piece of wire and fed them from the closest opening in the frame to the hinge bolt holes. Each piece of string was tied to a hole in the insert and then I wiggled the insert through the channel to where they aligned with the hinge holes. That was the easy part, getting the bolts started in the inserts was the real challenge.

Two tips....run a tap through the inserts before you start, using plenty of PB Blaster when you do it...and have some overlength bolts handy to to catch the insert or hold it in place while you start your Torx bolts. I used some 2" bolts with a nut threaded most of the way up the bolt. This let me go in through the hinges and catch a couple of threads, then I could turn the nut down and pull the insert up tight against the frame so I could start a Torx.

Good luck!
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Old 04-15-2012, 09:37 AM   #6
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Sounds like a good Sunday project! Thank you for your help
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How was your Sunday?
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:12 AM   #8
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Well it started as a Sunday project...turned into a Monday Tuesday and Wednesday project. Knocked my head not once but twice on the rollbar after I laid the windshield down. Threw the little backer plate across the yard in pain (and maybe a little anger), spend some quality time with my daughter trying to find it. My YJ and I kissed and made up. All better now, recovering from my head injury! Couldn't have done it without your help. Thank you!
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Well it started as a Sunday project...turned into a Monday Tuesday and Wednesday project. Knocked my head not once but twice on the rollbar after I laid the windshield down. Threw the little backer plate across the yard in pain (and maybe a little anger), spend some quality time with my daughter trying to find it. My YJ and I kissed and made up. All better now, recovering from my head injury! Couldn't have done it without your help. Thank you!
You gotta love beating your self up trying to fix the little things, ah.

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