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Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions

 
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Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
When it is to snow I see people put the wiper arms up in the air. This is a bad practice. Most of the time they do not freeze to the window as there is no ice.

I never do that as it stretches the spring. Some leave them raised for a week or more. I check when I go to the car after a snow. I start the car and turn on the rear defroster and the heater with the fan on high in the defrost mode.

I then clean off the car and dig the car out. If it was frozen it is thawed by the time I am done.


Something that can also be done is to take a small piece of wood, say 1" square and place under the wiper arm to lift the blade off the window. This is better for the spring and it keeps the blade form getting stuck.

That spring is the only thing pulling the wiper arm down on the window.

Your thoughts on this please.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
I always wished someone would invent wipers that, when caked with show & ice as you're driving, can pull back & slam themselves against the windshield to clear off the chunks. It's terrifying to drive in a snowstorm when the blades ice up like that & there's nowhere to pull over to clean them off.
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i hate that damn ice build up on wiper blades

I wonder if those tri blades help?

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Another TIP:

Some states require you to clean off the entire car. A long time ago I did not clean the roof. Slow for a light and all that snow slides down on the windshield. Now you have to get out and remove the snow and the light is green. Never use the wipers to move heavy snow off the window as it can break the mechanism.

I have also seen people not check to see if the blades were frozen and stye just turn them on. It destroyed the rubber. Getting lazy can cause a lot of problems.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
i hate that damn ice build up on wiper blades

I wonder if those tri blades help?
 Quoting: Jake


I'll have to check on that. There has to be a better way. Or a way to send a jolt of heat to them? I don't know.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
Another TIP:

Some states require you to clean off the entire car. A long time ago I did not clean the roof. Slow for a light and all that snow slides down on the windshield. Now you have to get out and remove the snow and the light is green. Never use the wipers to move heavy snow off the window as it can break the mechanism.

I have also seen people not check to see if the blades were frozen and stye just turn them on. It destroyed the rubber. Getting lazy can cause a lot of problems.
 Quoting: Ascension Now


Agree. I always clean it off completely even way up on top. I can't stand when people don't & you're behind them as a huge carload of snow & ice barrels off their roof.

I do check on the blades & typically by the time the car is heated up, they're nice & supple. However, when you're stuck driving in a storm on a highway & you can barely see enough to stay in lane, it's damn life threatening to have them cake up like that.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
Another TIP:

Never use an ice scraper as an ice pick.

A lot of people damage their windshield doing that. I had a car glass installer tell me they replace a lot of glass for that reason.

I do not think that a triple blade will do anything but collect more ice. Ice buildup while driving is a problem when it occurs but I have never found a solution for that.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
Another TIP:

Never use an ice scraper as an ice pick.

A lot of people damage their windshield doing that. I had a car glass installer tell me they replace a lot of glass for that reason.

I do not think that a triple blade will do anything but collect more ice. Ice buildup while driving is a problem when it occurs but I have never found a solution for that.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
Best Blades (winter) Bosch ICON
they last for years - very high quality
Avail at WallyWorld
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Best Blades (winter) Bosch ICON
they last for years - very high quality
Avail at WallyWorld
 Quoting: Cosmic Charlie


Thanks Charlie. I was just on Amazon so I checked them out. Not bad at all.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
I have also noticed over the years wiper blades dont last like the use to. I am contanstly changing them because they smear so bad.
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Best Blades (winter) Bosch ICON
they last for years - very high quality
Avail at WallyWorld
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Three times the cost also. That is not good.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
If it snows at night and you have the fuel and don't want to go through too much hassle with cleaning the windshield, just leave the vehicle running with the defrost on until morning.

Truckers do this daily.

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every car should have these no excuses - the feds should mandate in this cold weather states like rear view cameras


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Best Blades (winter) Bosch ICON
they last for years - very high quality
Avail at WallyWorld
 Quoting: Cosmic Charlie



Three times the cost also. That is not good.
 Quoting: Ascension Now


why are bosh so good don't look any better than the rest

boy are they expensive

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every car should have these no excuses - the feds should mandate in this cold weather states like rear view cameras


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how do you wire them??
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
been working with auto repair shops for 30 years.

the wiper arm spring has never been an issue.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
every car should have these no excuses - the feds should mandate in this cold weather states like rear view cameras


 Quoting: PhysicalGeographer


Subaru has these as an option (the wiper heaters) but its not on all models. My first forester had it and my newer one now does not.

This is also an option:

[link to www.amazon.com (secure)]

It's a heater you install between the washer fluid reservoir and the sprayers. heats the fluid up to 125-135 degrees before spraying it on the windshield.

From my research, cracking the windshield is not a problem, unless the windshield is already damaged.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
Somewhat off-topic.

You can't buy winter washer fluid in California unless you are in a couple of counties where the State has decided it freezes.

Apparently, the State has decided it doesn't freeze in my county (it does), so my fluid freezes up.

I add some rubbing alcohol or a bottle of HEET to keep mine flowing, while giving the State the finger.

I'm such a bastard.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
When it is to snow I see people put the wiper arms up in the air. This is a bad practice. Most of the time they do not freeze to the window as there is no ice.

I never do that as it stretches the spring. Some leave them raised for a week or more. I check when I go to the car after a snow. I start the car and turn on the rear defroster and the heater with the fan on high in the defrost mode.

I then clean off the car and dig the car out. If it was frozen it is thawed by the time I am done.


Something that can also be done is to take a small piece of wood, say 1" square and place under the wiper arm to lift the blade off the window. This is better for the spring and it keeps the blade form getting stuck.

That spring is the only thing pulling the wiper arm down on the window.

Your thoughts on this please.
 Quoting: Ascension Now


Your belief in springs ability to store energy is erroneous.

Have you ever had to replace a wiper spring, valve spring, suspension spring?

They are raised to achieve air ambient temperature. Then snow doesn’t freeze to the wiper surface.

Don’t give your children automotive advise.

Last Edited by Phillip J. Fry on 01/22/2019 06:53 PM
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every car should have these no excuses - the feds should mandate in this cold weather states like rear view cameras


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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
been working with auto repair shops for 30 years.

the wiper arm spring has never been an issue.
 Quoting: Vasily



It will stretch the spring and it will lose some of the ability to hold the blade on the window. People, will never know that it has stretched any and will never know that it does not work as well as it did before.

That is IMO. Easy to never have to raise it anyway with my block of wood suggestion.

Maybe a expert on these springs has a better opinion.
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been working with auto repair shops for 30 years.

the wiper arm spring has never been an issue.
 Quoting: Vasily


what is the best wiper

my guess is they are all the same
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Y'all need to move South. I have never even seen such. Can't imagine...
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
When it is to snow I see people put the wiper arms up in the air. This is a bad practice. Most of the time they do not freeze to the window as there is no ice.

I never do that as it stretches the spring. Some leave them raised for a week or more. I check when I go to the car after a snow. I start the car and turn on the rear defroster and the heater with the fan on high in the defrost mode.

I then clean off the car and dig the car out. If it was frozen it is thawed by the time I am done.


Something that can also be done is to take a small piece of wood, say 1" square and place under the wiper arm to lift the blade off the window. This is better for the spring and it keeps the blade form getting stuck.

That spring is the only thing pulling the wiper arm down on the window.

Your thoughts on this please.
 Quoting: Ascension Now


Your belief in springs ability to store energy is erroneous.

Have you ever had to replace a wiper spring, valve spring, suspension spring?

They are raised to achieve air ambient temperature. Then snow doesn’t freeze to the wiper surface.

Don’t give your children automotive advise.
 Quoting: Phillip J. Fry


So sorry you have not proven me wrong. It is just a bad idea and there are other ways to prevent its freezing.

Your examples prove nothing. If I am wrong then someone who knows more than both of us needs to offer an opinion. Any reduction in the tension can make a difference in how it is designed to work . People would never know that they have caused a problem.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
When it is to snow I see people put the wiper arms up in the air. This is a bad practice. Most of the time they do not freeze to the window as there is no ice.

I never do that as it stretches the spring. Some leave them raised for a week or more. I check when I go to the car after a snow. I start the car and turn on the rear defroster and the heater with the fan on high in the defrost mode.

I then clean off the car and dig the car out. If it was frozen it is thawed by the time I am done.


Something that can also be done is to take a small piece of wood, say 1" square and place under the wiper arm to lift the blade off the window. This is better for the spring and it keeps the blade form getting stuck.

That spring is the only thing pulling the wiper arm down on the window.

Your thoughts on this please.
 Quoting: Ascension Now


Your belief in springs ability to store energy is erroneous.

Have you ever had to replace a wiper spring, valve spring, suspension spring?

They are raised to achieve air ambient temperature. Then snow doesn’t freeze to the wiper surface.

Don’t give your children automotive advise.
 Quoting: Phillip J. Fry


So sorry you have not proven me wrong. It is just a bad idea and there are other ways to prevent its freezing.

Your examples prove nothing. If I am wrong then someone who knows more than both of us needs to offer an opinion. Any reduction in the tension can make a difference in how it is designed to work . People would never know that they have caused a problem.
 Quoting: Ascension Now


picard And so It continues to the next generation.
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Y'all need to move South. I have never even seen such. Can't imagine...
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Yeah. Living in the South and Southwest tends to make this largely a non-issue.
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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
Another TIP:

Some states require you to clean off the entire car. A long time ago I did not clean the roof. Slow for a light and all that snow slides down on the windshield. Now you have to get out and remove the snow and the light is green. Never use the wipers to move heavy snow off the window as it can break the mechanism.

I have also seen people not check to see if the blades were frozen and stye just turn them on. It destroyed the rubber. Getting lazy can cause a lot of problems.
 Quoting: Ascension Now


Lightweight.

I use my hand to brush away just enough to see out the driver's side of windshield. Proceed to my route in 4wd and once on the road mash the throttle until enough windspeed is generated so the snow blows off.

4wd powersliding back and forth on the snow covered road just for fun during this process is optional.

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Re: Car Wiper Blades -- Winter conditions
I plow snow for 15 years ...

Bosch ICONs last many seasons so the price is not too crazy

the rubber seems like it is a blend of silicon/flex rubber stuff

and they have never scratched my glass

I'm sure there are others that are excellent too but the ICONs are for sure premium

they are almost always sold out - so thats says something about what others think bout them as well

I give my old ICONs to my friend who uses them for a few more years
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