Your problem is likely not the wiper blades. First, are you using complete
assemblies or just refills? The wiper frames do wear out.
Many times what you describe is caused by pitting and scratches on the
Over time the windshield gets "sandblasted" and the rough surface eats up the
Look closely at your windshield and you will see what I'm talking about. This
causes that smearing effect in light rain and makes sun glare worse.
A new windshield for your CV is less than $200 installed, it's a good
usually replace the windshield on any used car I buy.
Tom's right. Windshields do get messed up and can ruin your blades.
I clean mine with XXXX (that's four X) steel wool. It's really really
fine, won't scratch the glass and will clean it and make it smoother
than you can imagine by removing the microscopic grit that's tearing up
your blades. It also removes oil film and grime.
Tom: You bring up an intersting point. Two years ago I had the
windshield on this car replaced and I was always skeptical about the
quality of the windshield. The replacement was a result of an
insurance claim and the tech who replaced it did a crappy job. He
broke the molding while trying to remove the old windshield and tried
gluing it with the winshield adhesive .... really sloppy job, so I
bitched and made them replace the molding.
Having said (typed) this, I'm wondering if the actual windshield that
was used for replacement was a recylced windshield. It doesn't look
blasted but I never looked carefully. I will take a better look at
this. Thanks for the info
On Wed, 09 Mar 2005 17:52:17 -0500, Tom Adkins
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