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Old 11-07-2001, 06:20 PM
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86 300E Headlight wipers

Hey folks, I bought the 1986 300E 5 speed I posted about last week and am generally happy about the car, it is a BLAST to drive! And now, more questions! 1)When should the headlight wipers work? I have one that is stuck at the 2 o'clock position, how do ya "reset" them? 2) I need some manuals, the ones I have from MBNA for the 190E are nice, but large.....are CD versions the only thing available from them? Any good sources for either? Thanks

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Old 11-07-2001, 07:42 PM
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I think the headlight washers are supposed to work when you've engaged the windshield washing mechanism. They're really sort of useless, if you ask me, although I suppose that anything that might just wipe grime from in front of a generally rather dim set of headlights (I haven't done the Euro headlight option on mine), can't be all bad.

A few months ago, I was first in line at a stoplight and some loon in the crosswalk chose that opportunity to make loud noises and grab his throat, doubling over as if he were retching, all the while pointing at the front of my car, specifically at the headlight wipers, commenting as loudly as possible about the excess of such an item. Naturally, I chose that moment to run my windshield washers and "wink" at him with my headlights. Pissed him off, I suppose.:p

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Old 11-07-2001, 07:48 PM
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They will work if the headlights are on AND the washer is actuated. If they are squirting properly and you have the MB soap concentrate, they will do a great job of removing the brine or dirt that builds up on a nasty winter day. Any other time they won't do anything.

Driving on the Autobahn in the Winter would present a need for them. It's a rare time when they are needed in Texas, but they are nice to have when that time comes.

I personally think that they work better than the headlight washers that were on my 210 car.

I'm glad you're enjoying the five speed. I understand totally, I drove mine about 200 miles today, and enjoyed every bit of it.

BTW, I have had my headlight washer blades get out of sync like you describe. I simply turned on the lights and ran them once and the went back into the proper home position. If that doesn't work, post again, and I'll tell you how to mechanically move the wiper on the shaft.

Have fun,

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