I think maybe this Geezer shit is really starting to kick my ass sometimes.
I was lamenting the fact that this damn Bronco didn’t have intermittent wipers on it the other day, the one modern amenity that I have really liked over the years.
When you live here in the Pacific Northwest it rains a lot in case you haven’t heard.
It doesn’t just rain though.
A lot of the time it is this irritating light rain/mist thing.
When you are driving it’s not enough water to make running the wipers constantly useful.
The wiper blades work great on that first swipe and then there isn’t enough rain after that to keep them wet so the blades will shudder and make all kinds of fucking noise.
It doesn’t take long before you say Fuck It and just start reaching down to turn them on and off every few seconds.
That gets irritating and distracting so intermittent wipers were a God Send when they came out.
My El Camino has them and I will admit I got very spoiled using them.
So when I got this Bronco, the wipers aren’t even on the stalk like most newer (ahem) cars and trucks, it’s just got a Plain Jane knob with no markings on it on the dash next to the headlight switch.
There is a little indicator that lights up just above it and all it says is Wiper/Washer.
So as I’m coming home from work tonight, that mist thing is going on and every once in a while it would actually rain for just a second or two.
I had shit on my mind, mentally going over the shit at work as usual and I reached down to turn the fucking wipers on without really looking.
I got down the road about a mile and a half when it dawned on me that the wipers were acting funky.
So I reached down and gave the knob a twist to the left and they swept one time and stopped, then lo and behold they swept again and stopped but it took a while and I was just getting ready to reach down and fuck with the knob again because I couldn’t see.
Holy crap I’m thinking something is fucked up with the wipers now. Great.
So I did reach down and turn them off and then turned the knob to the right.
Here they go, back and forth, back and forth, like they have done every single time I have turned them on since I got the rig.
I turned them off and turned the knob to the left.
VOILA! Intermittent wipers!
There are no markings saying that it has intermittent wipers so I just got lucky by turning it to the left the first time when I wasn’t really paying attention.
I can’t tell you how happy that makes me because I was seriously considering taking a whole wiper system, wiring, switch, motor and all from a later model and swapping it in.
Now I don’t have to.
Thank you Jesus!
One less thing to mess with.
Sometimes it’s the little things, ya know?
Now if I could just keep track of the keys to the damn thing…..