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My windshield wiper will NOT clean anything off except for the ends. My wiper arm was cracked at the bottom, so I replaced the entire arm. While I was at it, I replaced the entire wiper. Everything is brand new!! And it still does not touch the windshield in the middle of the blade to clean it. I am SO frustrated!! I can't see at all in the rain!! Help?

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Pictures would help - Rory suggested the spring at the base of the wiper arm (near where the whole assembly pivots to wipe the windscreen). A picture of the wiper itself might help as well - maybe something is bent. –  Bob Cross Apr 12 '13 at 21:43
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When you replaced the wiper, you may have inadvertently damaged or released the spring which pulls the wiper blade towards the windscreen. Depending on what type of car you have, this could be of various different types but you usually find it at the wiper pivot. When you try to pull the wiper away from the glass does it resist?

An alternative is that you may have fitted the wrong type of wiper blade - have you checked it is compatible.

Have a look in the user manual to identify the spring or tensioner for your vehicle, and check.

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Yes, this sounds like there isn't enough tension in the arm. –  Bob Cross Apr 12 '13 at 15:29
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I have had many contact issues with the OEM style metal frame wiper blades. They make the worst contact and are also the worst performers in snow/ice because the internal linkage instantly gets bound and clogged.

I prefer to use a beam style wiper blade. They are more expensive but they work much much better. I use Trico NeoForm blades and they work great. If you are concerned about the price (it is recommended to change wipers every 6months) you can actually remove them from the vehicle during the dry seasons and throw on the stock crappers during that time to prevent the rubber from drying in the sun. You will get more mileage out of the wipers this way if you are willing to change them before and after your wet seasons. Doing this, I bet you could easily get 2+ years out of a set of high quality wipers.

First make sure the wiper arm is giving adequate downforce though.

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To answer the problem of the ends of the wiper not toutching the windshield, it could be caused by the windshield glass which has a depression in it (Defective windshield curvature) where the wiper does not touch.Although the blade is flexible, it cannot follow the curvature or the windshield at that precise area where the depression exist. I suggest that you check this fact by putting the edge of a metal ruler at that area on the windshield (which is a very straigt object) or any other very straight similar object and try to insert a sheet of paper to see the gap or compare with other area on the windshield. If it is so refer the problem to your car dealer. You can add a add-on wiper arm spring called Sure Wipe to increase the pressure on the blade which will reduce this area, but might not solve this problem completely.

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FROM RALPH SMITH, MISSISSAUGA ON.CANADA. I HAD THIS PROBLEM WHILE DRIVING LONG HAUL TRANSPORT . TRUCKS . AND AT A REAL TRUCK STOP. YOU CAN BUY 2 APPROX 6 IN. LONG .AND ALL THE PRESSURE GOES TO THE CENTER OF THE WIPER BLADE. I EVEN USE THEM ON MY 1964 FORD FAIRLANE.. AND ALSO I HAVE BOUGHT (NEW WIPER ARMS ) MY OLD ONES WERE BETTER. BUT WITH THESE TRUCK TENSIONERS .YOU WILL NEVER BE DISAPPOINTED . COST ABOUT $10-$12 FOR A PAIR. I BOUGHT 2 PAIR SO I HAVE A SPARE SET. YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN THEY MAY COME UNAVAILABLE. ALL THE BEST, AND YOU WILL SEE THE ROAD NO PROBLEM . FROM A RETIRED 70 YR. OLD DRIVER. SAFE DRIVING.TO ALL.

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re. above comment I forgot to mention . if you were to trade your car . you should remove these arm tensioners , as they fit just about any vechile. and hou have them for your next car + plus a spare set. blame the forgetting on my year,s old ralph smith –  RALPH SMITH Feb 4 at 7:48
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Welcome to the site. If you had a brand name for these tensioners or a link online to what you are talking about, I think your answer would be better accepted. Also, lay off the capital letters. In internet parlance IT MEANS YOU'RE YELLING AT EVERYONE! –  Paulster2 Feb 4 at 11:22
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hopefully you didn't bought the same model of the wiper as it was before in the car that cause problem as curvature of different windshield are different an if you bought it just now wait for it to settle as the rubber would have dried and shrinked while kept in storage

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That link doesn't have any guidance on the problem Cindy has. –  Rory Alsop Apr 12 '13 at 15:41
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