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Old 01-03-2016, 06:42 PM
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Installing Everblades heated wipers - need advice on a switched power source

Have finished the installation of my Everblades, with the last task being to connect the red power wire to a switched source. The info from Everblades isn't super-detailed. They don't describe Heated Windshield Wiper Installation | Everblades

how many amps the wipers draw. They only state "do not hook to more than 14V DC!". I installed the switch for the heater wipers in the knee panel, just to the right of and below the steering wheel (right where your right knee is!). Two questions for our electrical geniuses out there (thanks in advance):

1) Is there a switched power source near where the switch is that is a) proper for the electrical demand the heated wipers will draw, and b) within range and easy to access?

2) If there is a switched power source that is proper, what panel/s need to be removed and how do I remove them to do it?

If the answer to 1) and 2) above are nope, I think an acceptable alternative would be to extend the power wire from the switch through the firewall and then tap into the fuse panel using this Cooper Bussman fuse connector, tapping into the unused rear seat heater fuseblock: http://www.autozone.com/electrical-a...46821&cmpid=cj

I would assume that the electrical demand of heated seats is probably about the same as heated wipers, but I don't know.

Thanks for the help.

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Install a relay and control it with the switched power of your choice. Match the relay with what you believe is the proper amperage draw of the wipers. At this point that an unknown but anything electrical needs to be properly fused and proper wire sized for the project.

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After looking at the product line and picture of the heated windshield wipers there is a 10amp fuse that is hooked to the battery. That is the main amp draw from the battery.

The switched source you are looking for should have minimal draw as that position switch is doing what a relay normally does.

Wire from battery with fuse provides the current draw, the switched circuit gives the position switch the "trigger" to complete the circuit for the heated wipers to come on. They will only come on when switched source is energized.
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:44 PM
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thanks sweet88GT, that really helps me!
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Hey Sladep -- How did these blades work out for you last Winter? I'm considering installing them this Winter.
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Mike, I love 'em. They never fail me. I wouldn't go in the mountains at winter time without them. No more getting out every 20 minutes to break off the icebergs forming on the stock wiper blades or having 20% vision b/c you can'T pull over to clear them. Installing is a bit of a hassle. I bet 4 Wheel Parts or somebody like that would be happy to handle it. As soon as it stops snowing, I remove my heated blades and tape up the electrical leads with electrical tape and zip tie them behind the wiper arms. I then install new regular blades. This keeps the Everblades in good shape for the next winter and gives me fresh unheated blades for the rest of the year. Hope this helps.
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Exactly what I wanted to know. Thanks!
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I don't mind tackling the wiring myself. But if you're happy with how you routed the wires, etc, a couple of pictures would be awesome!
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I don't mind tackling the wiring myself. But if you're happy with how you routed the wires, etc, a couple of pictures would be awesome!

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Have you looked at Thermalblades? Similar concept but the silicone squeegee is replaceable. Haven't ordered yet but of the heated wipers, I'm leaning towards these just because of lower cost for replacing squeegee vs entire wiper.
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Have you looked at Thermalblades? Similar concept but the silicone squeegee is replaceable. Haven't ordered yet but of the heated wipers, I'm leaning towards these just because of lower cost for replacing squeegee vs entire wiper.
It seems like Everblades do have refills that don't require replacing the entire blade assembly, (they have instructions on the website on how to do so), but I think you have to call them to order the refills. I agree that replacing the squeegee makes more sense than replacing the entire assembly.
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Everblades installation pics

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I cleaned all the snow off my Rubi today to get you these pics. They show where I mounted the switch on the panel near my right knee, where I ran the wiring through the firewall using the existing rubber grommet near the brake master cylinder, the path of the red wire I ran from the fuse box to the firewall, nesting it with the other wires, and finally the routing of the wiring around the wiper arms. Hope this helps.
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Not sure about the Thermalblades, but the frames of the Everblades are heated as well as the rubber wiper. This keeps from accumulating ice and snow that would otherwise be icing up the windshield. If you go to Everblades' website to review feedback, it is all outstanding. Those are the reasons I went with them. I have been 100% satisfied.
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I cleaned all the snow off my Rubi today to get you these pics. They show where I mounted the switch on the panel near my right knee, where I ran the wiring through the firewall using the existing rubber grommet near the brake master cylinder, the path of the red wire I ran from the fuse box to the firewall, nesting it with the other wires, and finally the routing of the wiring around the wiper arms. Hope this helps.
Awesome! Thanks! Where do the wires from the wiper arms go from there? Looks like they go out of the photo frame.
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Mike,

If you look in the third picture, zoom in and you will see where the wires come down the blade arm, and then are routed down underneath the blade actuator that rotates the blade mechanism. Then, if you look at the fourth picture, you will see a larger black wiring harness going to the right of the pic. That is a wiring harness I installed to contain and protect the wiper wire. The wiper wire then exits the harness and enters the rubber grommet in the firewall, which you can see we installed that photo. I routed the wire from the passenger side wiper arm in the same manner. Hope that helps.

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