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Should I pull my wipers away from the windshield when parked during a winter storm?

When we are expecting snow storm and the vehicle is parked, do we pull out the wipers so they don’t touch the glass to avoid the freezing to the windshield? Or would that hurt the springs in the wiper ...
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How often should I replace windscreen wiper blades?

I bought a second hand car 18+ months ago and there was no information on how recently the wiper blades had been replaced. This wasn't an problem as the blades weren't obviously worn and they did ...
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How would you repair a clogged windshield wiper sprayer? [duplicate]

I have a 2000 Honda Accord. When I trigger the windshield wiper fluid onto the front windshield, the right sprayer works fine but the left one seems clogged and it sprays very minimally. Because of ...
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What's the difference between cheap windshield wipers and expensive ones?

I buy cheap wipers (about $3 each) to use on my car and replace them once or twice a year. I've seen other wipers for $20+ each. My reason for getting the cheap ones is that I live in Michigan and my ...
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What wears out windshield wipers?

If you use your windshield wipers when your windshield is mostly dry, are you damaging them at all? My understanding has been that using your wipers on a dry windshield increases the amount of ...
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Which grease should I use on wiper mechanisms?

The front wiper mechanism on my 1988 Porsche 944 has become a bit slow moving and I plan to fix it. On my car the wiper crank arms go through sockets in a frame, the crank arms are moved back and ...
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Frozen windshield wiper fluid on road trip

We are driving in a winter storm and our old wiper fluid is frozen. We picked up some de-icer fluid from a gas station but it has not yet unfrozen the fluid. Any suggestions for an on the road fix? ...
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How do I deal with frozen washer fluid?

Now that temperatures are dropping below freezing, I decided to fill my wiper fluid reservoir with winterized fluid. I used almost an entire bottle, so it must have been almost empty, but there was ...
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Why don't my wipers clean the windshield very well?

My windshield wipers do not remove all the water from my windshield. In the photos, you can see that there are portions of the windshield that should be cleaned by the wiper, but are not. I’m not ...
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Problem with wipers on 1993 Ford F150 302 v8 5.0 liter

I had a problem with my wipers. The motor was junk, so I replace the motor. I bolted it back on, plugged it back in, and it still doesn't work. I unplugged it and pushed the button for the wipers and ...
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Windshield wiper only making contact on the ends of the blade

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 ...
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Can you replace only the rubber in 2008 Jetta (Mk5) wipers?

Is it possible to replace only the rubber part of the windscreen wipers on a 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L? I know that the original wipers are always made in Belgium (those sold in Ontario and in Northern ...
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Looking for a suitable lubricant

I'm rebuilding a Lucas windshield wiper motor. It's pretty old and the manual recommends using Ragosine Listate grease for the gear and connecting rod and Shell Turbo 41 for the bearings. Neither is ...
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Does Rain-ex damage wipers?

I've had a set of Bosch flexible wiper blades on my car for a little over a year now, and they've always worked great. Recently, I washed my car, wiped down the blades, and applied Rain-ex to the ...
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Why don't wipers clean the entire windshield

The wiper blade doesn't cover all the way down to the corner. I had my windshield replaced last year and have also tried replacing the wiper blades. Here is a picture of it with rain on the spot ...
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How do automatic wipers work and how can they fail?

I recently upgraded to a 2012 Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L. One feature on this minivan is what I'm calling "auto wipers": the front wipers automatically engage when the windshield becomes ...
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Water on windshield reveals "trace areas" of wiper blades

After not having my car washed for two-three weeks, I've taken it to automatic car wash, and was surprised that the area outside of where wiper blades swipe across the windshield seemed dirty. After ...
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Can I repair the rear wiper myself on my Toyota Yaris?

I have a 2nd-generation Toyota Yaris. Recently my rear wiper stopped working; it doesn't move when I turn it on. If I turn the wiper "on", then get out the car and walk around to the back, I can ...
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Jaguar S-type (2000) wiper mechanism sometimes very weak

Recently, and not all the time, the wiper arms on my car are so weak that they get stuck on the last wipe of a screen wash 'job'. At first I thought it was friction with the window, but I've since ...
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Silicone wiper blades for Honda Civic sedan?

I ordered some PIAA silicone blades for my wife's 2006 Honda Civic. They are nominally the right length, but when I put them on they don't lay flat — they curve up so the end is a few inches off the ...
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How do I find wiper refills for my 2008 Nissan Frontier?

I never had any trouble finding wiper blade refills for my 1998 Honda Accord or 2000 Toyota Echo. They were inexpensive because all you bought was the rubber part of the blade. The steel strips to ...
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MA Inspection rejected due to wiper blades. For real?

I took my car to my dealer to get inspected and they tried to pressure me into buying some new wiper blades from them for ~$40. The blades are only 6 months old, and the car is otherwise in great ...
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How to remove the Toyota Aygo Now windshield wiper

I've been trying to replace the windshield wiper of a Toyota Aygo Now, but it seems that I cannot even remove the old one. There are several bits that look like tabs that can be pressed / pushed / ...
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Wiper fluid sprayer no longer works on Nissan Sunny 1997. Could it be a blown fuse?

When I try to activate the wiper fluid spray on the front windscreen of my car, the sprayer pump no longer activates (the wipers do though, after a short delay). It's quite a noisy pump, so I'd hear ...
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2006 Pontiac Solstice - Wipers turn on by themselves

Here's a new one: Three times in the past week, the wipers have randomly turned themselves on. Each time turning the switch on and back off has fixed the issue. I haven't seen anything else ...
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where is the 2003 Wiper Relay on a 2003 honda accord?

I have a 2003 Honda Accord 3.0 Went to turn on wipers ( twice)... they tried to turn on but was frozen to windshield. I freed the wipers and scraped the ice off but then wipers don't even try to come ...
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Why do I get smudges on my windscreen? Wipers or fluid?

In rain conditions, my wipers throw away the water well, but it seems that a small film still remains. When the car is not moving, water seems to accumulate especially in those areas where the smudges ...
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What is recommended way to fix rear station wagon windshield wiper?

I have a 2005 Ford Focus station wagon. The back windshield wiper slowly had started to cover less and less of the back windshield (up until yesterday it was only wiping the bottom 30% or so, the top ...
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Can windshield wiper arms be shortened or lengthened?

I bought new wiper blades for a Honda Civic coupe, not realizing that apparently, the blades are not supposed to be of equal size. Looking at this, however, it looks as though I might be able to ...
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Windshield wipers worked intermittently then quit altogether

The wipers on my 2000 Mazda Protege recently quit working. It wasn't an all-of-a-sudden thing, though. Every so often over the last few weeks they would stop for a few seconds, then start again. ...
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Abnormal wiper speeds and intermittent failure of wipers, 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 Quad Cab

I just purchased a used 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L Hemi with 108k miles. I "tested" the wipers before purchase and they "Worked". "Worked" mean I turned them on they wiped ...
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Wiper blades not moving, electric windows not moving

I have a 89 Mercedes and a few days ago the wiper blades stopped working as well as the windows. They were iced over and I cleaned off the ice and tried again the next day. There is no sound when ...
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Windshield wipers stop and motor makes noise

I was driving my 2003 Toyota Camry LE today (while it was snowing) and I had my windshield wipers going at full. All of a sudden the windshield wipers stopped in the middle of a wipe and it started ...
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Removing Wiper Arm from Chevy Suburban?

I have a Chevrolet Suburban, 1500 model, year 2001. How do I remove the wiper arm of my Chevy after I remove the base cap and nut. The arm is not coming off the base after significant prying with ...
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My wind shield wiper is not working

My daughter has a 2009 Chrysler Sebring. The entire arm where you turn off and on your windshield wipers inside the car has been broken off......what in the world is the actual part that i need to ...
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2003 Mazda Tribute Rear Wiper Fluid

My rear wiper fluid sprayer isn't working. Is there a separate fluid tank for the rear wiper? Is there a separate pump for this that could be broken?
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Windshield washer fluid for sticky bugs

Driving at night and in rural areas I pickup a lot of BIG sticky bugs on the windshield. Even with new wipers on the vehicle I often cannot wash/wipe the bugs off sufficiently while going down the ...
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What is this part called?

So in the beginning ONE of my windshield wipers just went absolutely dead (could move it easily with my hands) and I took it to the shop and the guy removed what he called ''arms'' but when I went to ...
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Wiper arm nut loosens

2010 Silverado 1500: The nut on the left wiper arm loosens on occasion. The nut doesn't come off, but the wiper doesn't move when the nut is loose. I can easily tighten the nut with a ratchet when it ...
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Why do my wipers only operate at high speed?

I have a 2003 Volvo XC90, and the wipers now only work at high-speed, regardless of the stalk setting. The normal order is off - intermittent - low - high; however now they go to high speed for all 3 ...
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Wiper motor voltage troubleshooting

I am troubleshooting a rear wiper motor problem in a 2003 Ford Focus wagon (LE). When I measure the voltage to the contacts (with the wiper switch on), i get intermittent (~4 s) voltage at 200 mV. ...
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Windshield Wiper Transmission Linkage Bushings for 2002 Civic EX (1.7L L4)

I have the factory windshield wiper transmission installed on my Honda, and now the wiper is "slapping" on the cowl which is extremely annoying. Researching, I've found that it may be possible to ...
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Where is the wiper relay located on a 1995 mercury grand marquis?

I need help repairing the wipers on my son's 1995 Mercury Grand Marquis. I have checked all fuses and replaced both the wiper motor and multi-function switch. Does anybody know where the wiper relay ...
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Wipers come on in the off position

1998 Corvette wipers comes on while in the off position. I changed the motor and the switch. Is there a relay some where? What should I do next?
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2005 Suzuki Reno S wipers and fluid

I recently filled up my windshield washer fluid and was wondering two things. How do I operate my rear wiper? Is there a separate reservoir for fluid for the washer fluid for the rear windows or ...
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Wipers not working on timer

Today it was raining in Manchester so I turned the wiper on the timer setting. You know the one that only occasionally wipes the windshield. HOwever I drove many miles without it moving once. Other ...
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Windshield wipers on '98 Chevy S-10 work sometimes but not all the time [closed]

I checked the fuse and wiring, they are okay, don't know what else it might be. BAFFLED. I think there is a motor and board, but don't know why it works sometimes and sometimes not.
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Windshield scratch prevention

I have a 2011 car and I have noticed that the windshield has notable scratches. There is no indoor air heater, so I have to manually remove the frost from the windshield when starting on a cold ...
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Wipers malfunction: they automatically start and don't stop at the correct place

I have a car that seems to have an electrical problem. Here is its weird behavior: When I turn the key (turning on the electrical component of the car) the front wipers start to wipe the windshield ...
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I have a 1994 pontiac grand am gt with wipers not working

I can not get the wipers to work. Ive replaced the motor but there is no power to the fuse and i put a new one in today
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