Does anyone else seem to have problems with their wiper blades and their windsheilds? The wipers seem to only last less than a year and half the time, they don't wipe properly and it leaves a haze. Any recommendations for replacements or solutions?
I use some urethane wipers, they've been on my car for over a year and still work well. Try cleaning your rubber blades with rubbing alcohol to remove the gunk and make sure they're contacting the glass properly.
Buy some Rain-X and try it, you'll wonder how life existed before it! If you want to try something even better, I've used STP Rain Blade with better success. It's in a light blue applicator which you have to crack an inner glass vial and mix the chemicals together. The built-in felt applicator makes it go on very easily. You do have to wipe with a dry towel/cloth a few times to get rid of the haze. This stuff flows water off of my windshield at about 10 to 15 MPH less than Rain-X.
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Originally posted by Rhondahonda Yeah, I second with the rubbing alcohol. It removes the film, or build up on the wipers.
Yea that crap on the blades makes a real mess. I notice on really hot days they sort of ooze that crap off and if you use your wipers it wipes that shit all over your windshield. The blades are also not that goo in quality, I've had my car three years and I swear I have replaced them both about 6 times. I am almost in the habit of buying them everytime I am in for an oil change.
Mine take more of a beating because of the scrapping I have to do every winter. The good thing is that they are both really cheap to buy.
Another thing to use (besides cleaning the blades) is to use a fine grit sandpaper and fold it in half so the sand paper is facing in, and go over the rubber blades 1-2 times to renew them. Under a microscope the blade (brand new) is smooth and covers the whole wiping area. After a few months of wiping water, grit, sand, dust, and road stuff the blades become pitted.
Only bad thing about Rain-X is that it will eat away at your windshield wiper blades quicker. So in the long run you might be paying more for blades. The chemicals in Rain-X dry out your wiper blades quicker.
By the way, WD-40 and Rain-X have the same basic properties. Just for your info
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Personally, i don't bother with such chemicals. What works the best for me is those little springs you put on your wipers. What this does is increase the wiping pressure of the blades, they work well, especially in the mud.
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