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It hardly rains in Vegas, so I don't use my wipers often. Yesterday I noticed my left wiper stopped about 5 inches short of the end of the windshield, and also noticed the wipers were going a bit slow. As I started driving the wipers starting going noticeably faster, and the faster i went the closer it would get to the edge, to the point where when I was on the freeway the wipers were going all the way to the edge of the windshield. Then when I'd slow down they would start stopping again at the 5 inch mark and slow down. They also hit hard at the bottom of the windshield.

I know there's a bit of play in the after, I can move the wipers a bit. But why would they start going noticeably faster the faster I drove?
 

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There are several threads about the bushings in the control arms wearing out in the older Outbacks, and there is a recall for the 2010-2011 model wiper systems. What year is your Outback?
 

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I just went through this on my 01 VDC. It is a low mileage (had 110K when bought) I thought they were out out adjustment as the drivers wiper was smacking the trim on the upstroke and I was afaid the arm was about to break and or scratch the roof pillar paint from over travelling. I found considerable slop at the driver arm and thought it was a loose nut. It turned out to be worn splines on the wiper arm which explained the erratic operation. I swapped in the arm from my old 01 Outback and rigged the wipers properly and solved the problem.
 
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