SaturnFans.com
saturnfans.com - classifieds - forums


Go Back   SaturnFans.com Forums > Models > Saturn L-Series > L-Series General

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-17-2000, 06:45 PM   #1
Jerry
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default LS1: Water Trapped in Driver Side Wiper Well.

When I washed my car the first time I noticed that the driver side windshield wiper arm well retained a good amount of water that almost entirely submerged the wiper arm where it enters the body. The passenger side arm in uneffected by this phenomenon because it has plenty of drain holes.

I pointed this out to my local dealership (Saturn of Chagrin, Orange, OH). They thought that it SHOULD NOT cause any problems, however this is just asking for trouble. Im sure that the wiper assembily was made with weatherproofing in mind, but this places un needed strain on the gaskets (or whatever keeps the elements out).

Has anyone noticed this problem?

One of the techs suggested simply driving a small hole at the base of the well to drain the water. Not a bad idea.
 
SaturnFans.com Sponsored Links
Old 10-17-2000, 10:41 PM   #2
peanutfan_ls1
Junior Member
peanutfan_ls1 is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Posts: 22
Default

Speaking about wipers...just got an LS1 for my wife two day ago and she complained that the wipers were very noisy..like an old car's. Anybody notice that?
peanutfan_ls1 is offline  
Old 10-18-2000, 01:15 AM   #3
hugh
Senior Member
hugh will become famous soon enough
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,553
Default

Jerry;

It appears that a lot of the L Series cars did not get a drain hole for the driver side wiper.My dealer drilled a hole at the front of the well,at the bottom of the vertical wall of the well. If you look closely at the well for the other wiper arm you will get an idea for the right size.Get your dealer to do it when in for servicing.

If you do it yourself,make sure you don't put a hole in the bottom of the well as there are some electrics under there.
hugh is offline  
Old 10-18-2000, 02:29 AM   #4
spencerb
Master Member
spencerb will become famous soon enoughspencerb will become famous soon enough
 
spencerb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 5,007
 

2008 Astra XR
Default

HA, I had a taillight fill with water once. What did we do? drill an itty-bitty (two or three millimeter) hole in the lens! Fixed that problem!
spencerb is offline  
Old 10-18-2000, 09:42 AM   #5
Spork
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

I noticed that problem shortly after I got my car in June. I had them drill a small hole similar to the ones along the rest of the panel. It looked like a boneheaded design problem to me that should have been taken care of with the 2001 cars. Does anyone know if they fixed that with the new ones?

As far as the wipers being loud, the motor part sounds fine to me. There was a problem with the wipers skipping/chattering, which there is a fix for. Apparently they used too weak of springs on the arms. They will replace them if you mention the problem. I only had the problem on the driver's side, but they replaced both.
 
Old 10-18-2000, 09:46 AM   #6
BobL
Master Member
BobL is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 4,559
Default

The well in my LS fills too.

Will have a hole drilled at next oil change.
BobL is offline  
Old 10-18-2000, 09:48 AM   #7
saturncanuck
Senior Member
saturncanuck is on a distinguished road
 
saturncanuck's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Markham, Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,378

2006 ION-3 Sedan
2006 ION-3 Sedan
Default

Hmm.. Hadn't noticed problem 1. However, problem 2 there is a camppaign to fix the wipers on 2000 L-Series. 2001 get new arms.
saturncanuck is offline  
Old 10-18-2000, 08:58 PM   #8
lgra
Junior Member
lgra is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 47
Default

Yes on the driver side wiper well collecting water. I noticed it all last winter, but it never seemed to get more than about 5 mm deep. Froze a few times but never bothered anything.
lgra is offline  
Old 10-18-2000, 10:54 PM   #9
hugh
Senior Member
hugh will become famous soon enough
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,553
Default

Chattering/hopping wiper blades covered by TSB 00-T-07 issued Feb,2000. Applies to vehicles with VIN YY655586 or earlier.
hugh is offline  
Old 10-19-2000, 12:48 PM   #10
gmlinedog
Member
gmlinedog is on a distinguished road
 
gmlinedog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Wilmington Assembly , Pontisc Solstice , Saturn Sky & Opel
Posts: 204
Default

The only electronics on the drivers side is the wipermotor. It sits about 3inches above the cowl. Water here shouldnt be a problem because it drains into the door pillar. No , the 2001 wiper closeouts are the same.
gmlinedog is offline  
Old 10-19-2000, 01:41 PM   #11
Spork
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default

<blockquote><hr><font size="1">Original Post:</font><!--1-->
No , the 2001 wiper closeouts are the same.<hr></blockquote>

Don't you think not putting a drainhole or two was dopey? It will collect if parked, and if enough meltoff collects, it could freeze solid. I can't see any logical reason for them to not have put them there.
 
Old 10-20-2000, 03:20 PM   #12
traveler
Member
traveler is on a distinguished road
 
Join Date: May 2000
Location: Salt Lake City, UTAH
Posts: 281
Default

This is interesting. I noticed this water collection problem the first week I had the car in May. My dealer advised against drilling the drain hole. I left it alone. Even in a complete 3 day downpour, it never collects but a quarter of an inch or so in the corners of the tray. After that it leaks out of the perforated holes on the front face. I am gonna just leave well enough alone. I don't see it being a big deal.
traveler is offline  
Closed Thread

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Broken driver side windshield wiper Black03ION3 Ion Tech 8 12-18-2007 12:07 AM
water sloshing around sound from the driver side dash?? fetchitfido S-Series Tech 3 07-20-2006 01:43 PM
95 SC2 water in floor on driver side hpneon S-Series General 1 06-17-2006 03:19 PM
driver side wiper lame zipfactor S-Series General 4 04-05-2006 09:56 PM
driver side wiper moves 2 inches rongeur Miscellaneous Tech 3 04-18-2002 08:46 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:54 AM.

Advanced Forum Search | Advanced Photo Search


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2022, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
SaturnFans.com. The Saturn Enthusiasts Site.