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Regarding the effect of raising the wiper arms on the wiper arm springs: raising the wiper arms will not make the springs weaker for future use. The only way that the springs could produce reduced force when the wiper arms are returned to their normal position is if the springs took a permanent "set" from being stretched. This can only happen one of two ...


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I live in Canada where we got often snow storm or freezing rain during winter, I never lift my wipers blades. It's clearly unnecessary for a snow storm, as you remove the snow from your car prior of activate your wipers. But I can see my neighbors lifting theirs when freezing rain is forecasted, some even put cardboard on the windshield to avoid scraping ...


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When one lives in places where it snows, even occasionally, they quickly learn to lift the wipers. If you go to a ski resort when the inclement weather is expected, you would see half of the vehicles with wipers pulled up. The other half are either do not have wipers that can be fixed up (in that case one is still advised to separate them from the glass ...


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What you are showing is usually caused from the wiper arm not having enough down force to keep the blade on the entire swipe. This could be caused from the spring (which does this) losing its tension. The part of the windshield which you've shown is especially susceptible to this because of how the glass angles over. If this scenario is right, there are ...


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How does an Rain sensing wiper work? Most modern cars have a device called a Optical Rain Sensor fitted onto the windscreen to detect rain and other obtrusive material. It simply works by firing an infra-red wave at an angle (45 degrees) from one side towards a receptor. When there is nothing on the wind shield the receptor picks up the infra red wave and ...


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I generally replace mine as soon as they show signs of fatigue, or when I think "ooh, I've not done those in a while" - usually after about 2 years. Don't wait until they perish completely and scratch the windscreen! Check them regularly (especially at the onset of autumn or when a lot of bad weather is expected)


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Really depends on several factors. First is weather extremes. Blades exposed to bright hot sun (tropical latitudes) or freezing conditions will deteriorate quicker. Blades exposed to heavy dust or other contaminants will also experience shorter life. Do you clean the blades? Wiping the blade edge with alcohol periodically will prevent build up on the ...


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This happens due to the wiper blade wearing out - it is generally considered a consumable item. I replace mine at least once a year (just before winter) and often late spring as well if I find any areas of the windscreen not getting cleared correctly. In the UK you can be committing an offence if your wipers do not clean the windscreen enough. Rain-X ...


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I've always replaced mine as soon as they don't clean the window. Sometimes the problem is streaking, other times its chattering because the wipers don't want to flex right on the back stroke. Another important thing to remember is that over time, your wiper arms can get bent (if they are not cast, or formed in some way to be rigid). It doesn't make a ...


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In my (anecdotal)experience, living in the north east and dealing with heavy snow 3 months out of the year, the $20 - $30 beam windshield wiper blade I purchased has lasted years. The cheap conventional blades I purchased before generally had to be replaced every other month or so. I believe the beam style blades put more uniform pressure on the ...


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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 ...


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Here's a parts explosion The hose #9 you could drain through. I like the coolant idea. pour coolant in the reservoir, it might take a bit but it will turn the slush into liquid. There a glycerin in it and it's alcohol based so it's miscible with any alcohol in your wiper fluid. Nothing bad will happen. Others chime in if this is ridiculous to you for ...


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High Pressure Air I would disconnect the hose from that sprayer from the motor that gives it the pressure to spray. I would go where there is high pressure air. In my case that would be my shop. I would have an air gun with a rubber tip. I would take that air gun with a rubber tip and push it tightly against the sprayer nozzle and use the high pressure ...


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Use the lithium or silicone grease! Copper grease is primarily used to prevent the seizing of parts which become extremely hot, like the exhaust system. But it is not a lubricant in first place. The grease bounds the copper powder, but isn't made for lubrication, an copper powder in a moving bearing can't be good, even though copper is a rather soft metal. ...


5

I'm against lifting them. I've never had any trouble (nor caused any damage) breaking one loose with a scraper. I have, however, had a wiper arm break when it snapped back against the windshield (such as can happen with the wind that normally accompanies Winter storms).


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As Bob mentioned in the comments the problem was the fuse was blown. I replaced the fuse and everything is working again. On a side note, another fuse was blown and after replacing that the sunroof is working again. BTW For future reference the fuses are special fuses (not sure if they are special or not) in that I had to get them at an auto store. You can ...


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As already mentioned - no permanent damage is expected. Leave your car in a warm parking lot (underground or heated) for a couple of hours. Summer fluid will melt and you could safely use sprays to drain it from connecting pipes.


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It could be a blown fuse as you suggest. It could also be that the motor isn't receiving current due to a break in the wiring. The multimeter should come in handy to verify this - check to confirm that a voltage drop registers across the pump motor terminals when the wiper stalk is engaged. It may also be that the motor in the pump has gone bad - check for ...


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Thoroughly clean the glass, both inside and out. There are many different glass-cleaning products out there - have a look in the cleaning aisle of your local store. Try and find something that doesn't leave a residue. Once you have cleaned it, immediately replace your wiper blades. These should be replaced every 6 months or so as a matter of course. If you'...


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The piece I believe you are talking about the linkage. Many times the bushings will wear out and the linkage will pop off of the arm or motor. Here's a drawing which depicts a typical linkage connection: EDIT: I just noticed in this picture, it looks as though the Right Hand Link attaches at the wiper arm ... it really doesn't. It fits on the ball which is ...


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It sounds to me that the gear(s) in the motor are partially stripped. When the wipers go up, it hits the place where the teeth are gone. When you pushed it back down manually, it caught a place where the teeth are still present and brought them back down. The only way you can check this is by extracting the motor and pulling the gears apart to check. Any way ...


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Your theory sounds good to me. Do run the windshield washers before parking the car. Now, about fixing the current scratches: There are products that allow you to polish the windshield to remove scratches. In the same way that you would polish the paint. I do it to my car every month, except that I use the regular paint polish rather than the more expensive ...


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Rain-X, like any chemical that sticks around, has a residual film which can attract dust and debris. When you used your wipers on this chemical it allowed everything that has been accumulating on your wiper blades to clump up and cause poor performance. The alcohol you cleaned them with dried the rubber up severely, so it may be too late for those blades ...


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Drawing from years of experience with many glass treatments, if anything, RainX increases the wiper blade life when used properly. This could either be due reduced use of the wipers or the added lubrication between glass and blade. You say: 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 ...


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on rockauto.com - Wiper / Washer Switch lets see if this link works. If not, you can follow it on https://www.rockauto.com Chrysler - 2009 - Sebring - 3.5L - Electrical-Switch & Relay - Wiper / Washer Switch


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The thing which typically causes this is the tension spring (which pulls the wiper towards the glass) becoming clogged with dirt. A good spray with a jet washer followed by application of a light lubricant should do the job. With the wiper pulled away from the glass you should be able to see the tension spring - if not, you may need to disassemble the wiper ...


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Most likely cause - the stalk switch is faulty, and rather than moving through the three different positions it just closes the high speed circuit. You should be able to replace the stalk switch easily and cheaply - find one at a breaker's yard.


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I've had 1999 RAV4 and I left it with summer washer fluid couple years ago. Then I refilled it with winter fluid like you did. The damage I got is a rear spray didn't work, because I got a hole in the hose that connects spray thing to the main reservoir(most likely because of expansion of fluid in the hose). So, when I tried to wash my back window, all of ...


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Doesn't seem to cause any damage, at least on my cars. My washer fluid freezes inside the system every Winter and I've yet to have any problem (one car is 21 years old and the other is 17) with the washer system (even accidently trying to use it a few times each Winter when I forget that it's frozen).


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I had the same problem with my 2006 Jaguar S-Type. It turned out to be the bolt that attached the wiper arm to the chassis was very loose.


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