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Old 01-28-2005, 04:13 PM
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This is going to seem like an asinine question.Start off with this.My Grandfather passed in April 04.I am in charge of taking care of my Grandmothers car,a 97 Escort SE. I was over there yesterday and checked everything out. Her wiper blades are streaking and I am going to replace them with the winter blades like I use on my car in the winter.She does not go out in the snow or rain,if she is out and it starts to do either,she heads straight home,regardless of what else she needs to do. If I replace the wiper blades and she only uses them say 4 times total,with her trips being limited to no more than 20 miles one way from her house,that is her limit,she does not like being far from home.Is it ok to remove them come summer and store them till next year. If it was me,I would just replace them,but this is the other problem. Big parts I will buy and lie to her on the price,but she knows better when I tell her wiper blades will cost $50.00 and will try and give me my money back. I do not want her spending her money on car parts.Therefore if I can save them,and the rubber will not deteriorate after a summer in the garage I will reuse them.On big parts I tell her"Oh my friend owns the parts house and gave it to me at cost.it was only $10.00,or he owed me credit on some parts you bought and I just used it for the parts.What are your thoughts?If she keeps them I can save her $12.00 a winter,or i could just go buy new ones next year and tell her they are the ones I saved now that I think about it.Oh well,I typed it,you answer it.Thanx.

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Old 01-28-2005, 04:49 PM
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Why bother if she don't drive in the snow anyway.

I live in Canada and you guys get more snow than we do. FYI the weather comes up from the south.
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How many Grandmothers do you have??

Just put the blades on it and forget about it.......IMHO

PRAY..... that you get to replace them next year too...

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Old 01-28-2005, 06:03 PM
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Do what used to do with my uncle when he needed something, he didn't have a lot of money so we would go buy what he needed and when he wanted to pay for what ever we got him , We would tell him it was a Christmas present or a birthday present, finally a he stopped offering and just accepted the gift.

Like Deuce said .. pray that you get the chance to replace them next year. Put them on.
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I use winter wiper blades all year long, whats the big deal? They are normal wiper blades with a rubber sheath to keep ice out of the hinge area, they work fine in any weather.
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Old 01-30-2005, 10:41 AM
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The only deal is price.Old lady budget wise. Like I said,she is still smart and notices little things. I can not spend my money to fix her cars,if I do,and do not allow her to repay me,she has threatend me to with taking the car elsewhere. Just the way they are. Nothing is free.Even if family does it for you. Beats me. I am all for the Freebies.
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I wouldīnt even tell her I changed them.
I you do store them, keep them in the dark, itīs the sun that kills rubber.
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wiper blades

I concur with the other guys, just pray you are able to change them for her again next year.
I live in Iowa and get good, sticky, wet, slushy snow here. Have run winter blades in the past, and even year round. For me it doesnt seem to make that much difference.
On a down side with winter blades, Ive noticed over the years that if you have a decent frontal wind, they dont do a real good job of cleaning the windshield due to the wing effect on them and lifting off the windshild.
May have to clean them out more often but Ill stick with regular wipers.

My mom is 85 and still driving. Whenever I get down to see her, I take care of all those little goodies and can usually come up with a reason to keep her from paying me for a lot of it.
Birthday ( on either side of it by a month), valentines day ( what mom doesnt like valentines from her kids), Mothers day ( a big hit), Just because day (keeps them guessing), Thanksgiving ( beats hauling around a cooked 20 lb turkey), Anniversaries( even though my father and step father are both deceased, and I honored and loved both of them), Christmas ( that works year round even). And Im sure with some imagination you could come up with some of your own.

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Old 02-01-2005, 03:01 PM
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I agree,but she is dead set in her ways of paying me for anything on the car.It has always been that way. Grandpa got her that way. One time I put air in his tires,he could no longer bend over to do it himself. He tried to give me $5.00. Man I was 31 years old with a good job,no bills. Told him I did not need his money.



On a different note: I did talk to her about it,turns out she has quite a bit more money than I though,or she did. MY grandmother worked for Ford Motor Co. At the Lou. Assemembely Plant. She has bought into programs there and did not know how much she had in paper.My aunt just discovered it for her SAunday. Great deal. The Funeral in April was well over $10,000!!!! On top that the plots and marker have been paid for,for years. That was just for the service,opening and closure. It is very expensive. Me and my wife have been getting things in order for ourselves,just so thst it is taken care of and our kids do not get stuck when the time comes.
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On a different note

In referance to what RCastle just said, you guys that are vets, both one hitchers and retired from service, like me, check out your options of that nature with your local VA reps.
Save your family some bucks, and if you are fortunate, and have a national plot close by, can save a bunch of bucks for your family. ( have a national cemetary only 20 miles away).
You earned it, so get what you have due you. Spouses can be interred at national cemetaries as well. What they do is put one on top of the other, in the same plot.
I know this wasnt the thread to post this on but since this subject came up, figured I would toss in my 2 cents worth.
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