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    G'day,

    silly questions time.

    The blades on the Latitude look to be held by the horizontal "U" shaped hook style, with a flip up latch on top of the blade.

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    Flipping the latch up does not allow 'easy' sliding off of the blades - is there another lock on these ?

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    At 1.17 you can see him removing the old one

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    G'day,

    I know that I'm a dull old fart, but not totally gone, the video method is totally obvious from just looking at the buggers on the car. If it was that easy they'd be off by now....

    Have to have a closer look, they're hanging on somewhere. Maybe they've been there far too long and just super sticky !!

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    Turning the blades 90 degrees to the wiper arm and pushing it back down the arm to release its' spindle from the u-hook doesn't work?
    Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got 'til it's gone............

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    G'day,

    haven't tried 90 yet - not going out there now though, it's damn near snowing, outdoors temp is dropping like a stone !

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    G'day,

    haven't tried 90 yet - not going out there now though, it's damn near snowing, outdoors temp is dropping like a stone !

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    G'day,

    OK, changed the mongrels, it takes the froggies to devise a way to turn something incredibly simple into complex....

    Yes, the 90 thing is important, I think that might be releasing the hidden catch at the end of the turn-back on the U piece but it still doesn't release from there, just gives you a little movement to clear the catch. Back to flat along the arm to get it off the rest of the way....

    Well, that's how it worked with whatever brand that it was fitted with.

    Replacements are elcheapos, but rubber. I suspect the ones fitted were silicon, been there before, rubbish streaky things, they ought to be banned.

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    Next challenge, change headlights globe, I wonder if Renault have worked out a way to make that more difficult too!!

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    G'day Ken,

    I'm not up that challenge just yet....

    It's bound to be a horrid exercise, when you consider some of the stuff that they have in the design rules you'd reckon that the ability to be able to change a light-globe in the dark and rain at the side of the road would be some sort of priority.

    To be honest, I haven't looked at that one, I'm just assuming that it'll be a typical modern car.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenfuego View Post
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    Next challenge, change headlights globe, I wonder if Renault have worked out a way to make that more difficult too!!

    Ken
    I know, they could go back to sealed beam lights.
    Not only would they be harder to change, but they'd also be harder to find and cost four times as much.
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    G'day,

    I suppose many modern cars have this problem. On the latitude the wiper arms will foul the bonnet if you lift them high enough to turn the blade to 90, so they provide for the stalk to be moved to the 'high' position where the blades will move to the middle of the sweep and stop - if the motor isn't running....

    So, some things do get better. This would have been handy for wiper operations on any car I've had...

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    Quote Originally Posted by REN TIN TIN View Post
    I know, they could go back to sealed beam lights.
    Not only would they be harder to change, but they'd also be harder to find and cost four times as much.
    Oh joy!
    You might be right RTT, but more likely with LED elements and perhaps cheaper than the old style, but can manufacturers of the cars make them easy to remove and refit a spare on the road on a wet and rainy night. Galling to read in an owner manual that such changing of bulbs is best left to be done by a dealership.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    G'day Ken,

    I'm not up that challenge just yet....

    It's bound to be a horrid exercise, when you consider some of the stuff that they have in the design rules you'd reckon that the ability to be able to change a light-globe in the dark and rain at the side of the road would be some sort of priority.

    To be honest, I haven't looked at that one, I'm just assuming that it'll be a typical modern car.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    On a similar topic.

    On my ex Japanese V6 people mover. I purchased a set of spark plugs and was somewhat dismayed when I discovered the rear bank of cylinders required the inlet manifold to be removed in order to remove and replace the plugs.

    I then understood why the vehicle had original plugs fitted at 80,000km.

    What was expected to take 15 minutes, ended up taking almost a day.
    That is pretty much standard practice on V6 engines of this century, Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, Mitsubishi are just some brands that come to mind.
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    G'day,

    well, maybe not quite as bad, but bad enough.

    The second vehicle here is a trusty, no, not rusty, BA 'ute. 24v v8, a fairly rare breed this lot - especially with 6s manual attached. Anyway, the plugs on these things are cheap enough, but, the oldies tend to come out in three bits with a little 'ferrule' left deep in the plug 'ole. Necessitates the obtaining of a special tool kit to extract all the bits.....

    Yep, got the kit, local mechanic hasn't been game enough yet to give it a go.... nope, me too...

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    Default Wiper blade update...

    G'day,

    OK, I got these fellas "HOOK Aero Wiper Blades Pair of 24inch (600mm) & 16inch (400mm)" from eBay seller "mycarperformanceonline", links keep changing on greedbay, easier to just search the description.

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    natural rubber and $20 posted.

    No more silicon streaks and great wipers - I don't expect them to last long at that price but we probably should change them at least once a year anyway. No complaints...

    cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob View Post
    G'day,

    OK, I got these fellas "HOOK Aero Wiper Blades Pair of 24inch (600mm) & 16inch (400mm)" from eBay seller "mycarperformanceonline", links keep changing on greedbay, easier to just search the description.

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    natural rubber and $20 posted.

    No more silicon streaks and great wipers - I don't expect them to last long at that price but we probably should change them at least once a year anyway. No complaints...

    cheers,
    Bob
    These are only plastic backed rather than the metal of the Bosch and other premium types.
    But once the rubber (or silicone) blade wears out it doesn't matter how good the arm is, the blade isn't refillable.
    Even $20 for the plastic ones is a bit high, you'll find them for less.
    You'll probably have to replace them twice a year but at $20 per set who cares.
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    Default Update....

    G'day,

    so the $20 blades have had their lifetime, say 10 months. Tell tale is they start to chatter, as it progresses you can see the rubber blade moulding breaking away from its backing. It starts from the centre and works out to the ends.

    Silicon would probably be tougher, but silicon blades are crap blades.

    For natural rubber $2/month [including post] is probably worth it....

    And, yes, after much swearing and cursing I had to come back into here to find out how I got the mongrels off last time....

    cheers,
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    Brand new wiper blades, genuine Volkwagen parts for sons VW chattered from new.

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    G'day,

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunroof View Post
    Brand new wiper blades, genuine Volkwagen parts for sons VW chattered from new.
    it's a miserable $20 to try an alternative....

    It's a wonder that the Renault ones weren't replaced with 'real' ones at the last service, one of them was exhibiting stress back then. S'pose it proves that they don't do a proper check at service time....

    cheers,
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    Try some isopropyl alcohol on your windscreen first, removing the baked on oils and shite.
    Once done it may negative the need for replacement...

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