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Old 02-12-2003, 12:49 PM   #1
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Question How to prevent windshield wipers from freezing?

How do you guys prevent your windshield wipers from freezing? Not freezing to the windshield, but freezing to the point where, when you put them on, only the edges clean, and you are looking through a salt filled windshield, that now has windshield washer fluid sitting in your line of sight.

This happened to me yesterday morning, and I figured that when I drove home from work later that day, they'd be ok. Wrong! They were still like that last night. Running the defroster didn't work.

Any insight?

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Old 02-12-2003, 01:36 PM   #2
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I do two things -
First I use prestones windshield washer fluid because it has a lower freeze temperature than the regular blue stuff and second, I have winter wipers. These prevent snow and/or ice from getting built up around the hinges which effects the pressure the wiper can apply to the windshield.
Can't hurt.
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Old 02-12-2003, 01:38 PM   #3
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Are you using winter windshield washing fluid? The antifreeze in that should stop it from freezing.

or...you can drive slower...slower = less airspeed = not as cold on the windshield.
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Old 02-12-2003, 01:52 PM   #4
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I take it you park outside. Step one. Raise the wipers off of your windshield. Wipe them off. Do that whenever your car is not being used.
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Old 02-12-2003, 01:55 PM   #5
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Are you using winter windshield washing fluid? The antifreeze in that should stop it from freezing.

or...you can drive slower...slower = less airspeed = not as cold on the windshield.
Yes on the Winter washer fluid. This happens even when parked.


I didn't know there was a such thing as winter wipers, but that's exactly what's happening. Pressure on the ends, and nothing in the middle.

EDIT: I even got out of my car and wiped the wipers with my hands to clear off any ice that may have still been in there.
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Old 02-12-2003, 02:00 PM   #6
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Yes on the Winter washer fluid. This happens even when parked.
I dunno then.
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Old 02-12-2003, 02:13 PM   #7
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Did you let Billy touch your car? If so, it's probably BROKEN.
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Old 02-12-2003, 02:31 PM   #8
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This happens to me at times as well. I just pull the blade part out from being frozen in the "compressed" position.

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Old 02-12-2003, 03:07 PM   #9
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Did you let Billy touch your car? If so, it's probably BROKEN.
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Old 02-12-2003, 03:15 PM   #10
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Winter Wiper blades have a rubber shell encasing the entire mechanism that holds the blade to the windshield. They are common around here. I've got them on three cars and get them at my local auto parts store.
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Old 02-12-2003, 03:22 PM   #11
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You could also get a can of the spray de-icer. If it's really cold and icy I spray the blades and arm to melt the ice off of them.
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Old 02-12-2003, 03:57 PM   #12
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what if your wipers work fine and you filled the windshield washer fluid resovoir (sp?) but no fluid sprays out I have to throw snow on my windshield to get them clean...
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Old 02-12-2003, 04:03 PM   #13
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Spray nozzles freeze up. You need LED Washer Nozzles.
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Old 02-12-2003, 04:14 PM   #14
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Winter Wiper blades have a rubber shell encasing the entire mechanism that holds the blade to the windshield. They are common around here. I've got them on three cars and get them at my local auto parts store.
Yep this is the exact solution. I have the same problem on any car I drive if I don't use winter wipers (with the boot) in the winter.

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Old 02-12-2003, 05:03 PM   #15
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Spray nozzles freeze up. You need LED Washer Nozzles.

no doubt dude!
while i'm at, i'll go out and and buy a whistler for my exhaust, some neon lights for underneath my car and a HUGE aluminum wing

it's all fixed up, i popped the hood and found the problem, my body shop forgot to reconnect the hose to the pump
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Old 02-12-2003, 05:08 PM   #16
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it's all fixed up, i popped the hood and found the problem, my body shop forgot to reconnect the hose to the pump
Damm...I was looking forward to seeing the Love "L" squirting neon happiness.
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Old 02-12-2003, 05:45 PM   #17
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Windshield defroster.
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Old 02-12-2003, 05:59 PM   #18
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Hey imprezaf...check out this thread in the NE section.

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...hreadid=314723
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Old 02-12-2003, 06:24 PM   #19
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There are a number of things you can do:

When you park your car lift your blades up and off the windshield. Yes it looks funny but they won't freeze and you have to put them back down when you get in. Cleaning the windshield though is easier without them sitting on it anyway. This is the number one thing you can do in any car and yet very few people know about it.

If you don't want to do that, before you get out of the car, pull your windshield wiper control arm back for a quick second and the wipers will stop in a position that is directly above the defroster vents. When you get in turn he defroster fan on high and the temperature setting to high and it will melt the ice off the blades.

The real secret is that you can't spend enough on really good windshield washer anti freeze. The lower the freezing threshold the better. Rain X's -45 beats anyones -20 and don't forget the wind chill factor, that's why you need the one that goes to the coldest factor.

Why buy a great car, that goes so well in the bad weather, only to cheap out on windshield washer fluid? YOU WANT TO SEE WHAT YOU MISS!
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Old 02-12-2003, 11:03 PM   #20
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Damm...I was looking forward to seeing the Love "L" squirting neon happiness.
that kind of stuff is withheld for the ladies only....
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