(Toledo, OH) I have prided myself over the years with the notion that I can do almost anything if I have sufficient time, knowledge, and motivation. In the realm of auto repairs, I have been able to tackle some fairly difficult projects, including the replacement of water pumps, timing gears, and other more-than-novice tasks on various vehicles.
I am stymied, however, in getting the windshield wipers on my 1996 Saturn SL to function properly. After checking the fuse and the electrical connections, I decided to tear the car apart to see if I could fix the problem.
It appears that the gear connecting the wiper transmission linkage is not meshing with the motor. After lubricating and tightening the bolts, I thought I got it working properly. I reassembled the entire assembly - including the body molding hiding the apparatus - but now I can't get the wiper blades to line up.
After about six hours of frustration, I have decided to take it to my mechanic. My time is too valuable to be wasting it on something that requires a greater skill level than I possess.
I should have listened to the advice of posters on car repair websites, who warned that this project is a major headache. Still, even though I was unsuccessful in saving myself $100-$200 in labor, I learned a lesson in remembering that one person cannot be an expert in every facet of human existence.