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Old 03-27-2005, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,

Got a question... my drivers side windshield wiper was squeaking like crazy even in hard rain, so I replaced it, but the new wiper is still squeaking just as much. It squeaks so much as it's going across the windshield that it's driving me insane Is there a tension setting how hard the wiper is against the windshield? I think it may be pressing too hard against the windshield because as the wiper is going, I can see the bottom of it is "skippy" and causing the squeegy sound.

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By any chance have you recently put RainX on ur windows?
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What brand of wiper did you just recently purchase? If it's a cheap brand, then it might still cause the streaking sound.

Secondly, is your windshield dirty?

There are many combinations on why your wiper makes that streaking sound. But I don't think you can adjust the spring tension though.
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My windshield is pretty clean and I don't think I purchased a cheap wiper blade.

UCLeadGuitar - The windshield wipers that I had before the current ones which are still streaking were RainX. Did the previous RainX wipers put some kind of residue on my windshield that I need to get rid of?

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I just replaced mine (after a freaking 30K miles!) and they squeak like a mofo. What he was referring to was putting actual rain-x on the exterior of the windshield itself. That causes most wipers to squeak because of the layer. I haven't applied rainx in about 4-5 months, so added it might make them squeek ever worse until it gets worn down a tad. Many wiper refills will squeek though, just have to deal with it until they get worn (broken in so to speak.)
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My windshield wipers do the same thing. They "skip" as they are wiping. It happened on 2 mazda 6's that I owned.
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Same here.

I have tried 3 different brands, the cheapest ones work the best! Even those tend to skip until it is raining hard. If if is just drizzling, I just have to put up with the skipping.
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I had the same problem on my 6 also,and what i did was bend the wiper arm slightly up and that seemed to help a lot. It took a little pressure off the window and stopped the chaddering.
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RAINEX should come with warning labels...I used that crap in 1994 and have never forgotten the horror of that complete crap...as far as I am concearned it NEVER went away...meaning the skipping squeaking windshild wipers...I was so upset...and that was 11 years ago!!! I would buy no Rainex product for any reason...
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http://www.ultimatewiperblade.com/

These are very expensive, but the folks at the Volvo Cross Country forum swear by them.

At $40 each I am hoping someone will do the R&D for me.
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