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Old 11-24-2003, 12:22 AM
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I hate squeeky windshield wipers!

Next to squeeky anything, I hate squeeky windshield wipers more. Even when they are brand new and there is plenty of h2O on the glass, I invariably end up listening to the wipers skip across my windshield. I must be cursed because it happens in nearly every one of my cars. AAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGG!


What causes this annoyance? I can't figure it out.
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Old 11-24-2003, 01:40 AM
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This is actually a truck tech question but it is also common to a lot of the vehicles we have in our shops. There isn't any other forum around that is better for it anyway

The problem with squeaky wipers is the alignment of the blade to the windshield. Misalignment can occur due to wear or damage over the years. You can bend the wiper arm with a wrench to change the blade alignment. If the arm attachment point is worn all you can do is replace it. You may also need to replace the blade holder if it is worn. As far as which way to bend the arm I can't give you any guidance there except to say try to keep the blade perpendicular to the glass..
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Just put some WD-40 on it, that'll stop the squeak for sure, or maybe some vaseline.


















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Old 11-24-2003, 02:16 AM
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ROFLMAO! Hey yeah that would work good, Just grease them puppies! Fill the washer reservoir with ATF! Or maybe just antifreeze, that would probably work too...
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Why not Motor Oil!!
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Old 11-24-2003, 05:03 PM
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Why not Motor Oil!!
That is awful hard to see through, Silly.
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Ahem.

On the serious side, the Teflon coated wiper blades seem to be a lot less prone to squeaking and chattering than the regular ones.

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I've heard good things about the teflon ones, I am going to get some next time I change wipers. Has anyone used these before?
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Old 11-24-2003, 08:29 PM
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FWIW, Rain-X in my washer solvent has reduced that problem.

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Hey I like the way you guys think so I'll throw out my wiper problem. I have a area about the size of a dinner plate that the wiper skips. Yes it is right in front of my face. I put on new arms and it still does it. It is almost like there is a dip in my windshield. I have cleaned the glass but it did not help. When there is rain it is slightly smeared in this area. It is clean above, below, and on both sides.
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The blades should conform to a slightly concave area. Have you tried placing a straight edge across it to see if the glass is bad?
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I've heard good things about the teflon ones, I am going to get some next time I change wipers. Has anyone used these before?
I had some teflon wipers on my old car I had and they worked really well. A but pricier than regular ones but they were worth it. Also get a wet paper towel and wipe the blade once a week or so. It helps.

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Another product I swear by is "20/10 All Season Windshield Cleaner". It's a concentrated product you spray directly on your windshield, in the rain, or you can put some in your washer reservoir. It cleans streaks off and quietens the wipers. Works swell.
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More often than not it is the glass not the blade that causes skipping. Clean the glass with Bonami two or three times a year. Never use houshold glass cleaners that contain amonia, it breaks down the compounds in the blade makes them sticky.
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Wax your windshield
Works good... I do it everytime I wash...
Doesnt dry white, and it works better than Rain-X (atleast I think so) and is a lot cheaper
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