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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-19-2019, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Wipers just suck...

I was just curious if anyone else experiences the same crappy wiper function as I've been dealing with for years on this truck. I'm not sure why or whats up anymore but it seems its VERY sensitive to the specific wiper type of design. As they swipe over the windshield they miss areas, and they lift off the windshield very easily with the slightest amount of wind while driving down the road. I've kinda just given up trying new wiper blades.
I've even bent the wiper arm to help push down more and also twisted the arm to help square it up on the windshield. Still they work terrible...


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Yep same here. They’re garbage on the freeway and only work sort of ok off the freeway. I’ve given up on fixing it and just deal with it
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This is one I haven't heard of before. My wipers seem to work great with a new pair of blades on a yearly basis. I wonder if the springs holding the arms down to the windshield could be replaced with ones that have slightly more tension?

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Well.....at least I'm not alone.

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What type/style are you having trouble with? The one piece or the one with several sets of clamps? You need the ones with I think 8 pairs of clamps holding them down to fit the curve. I use 21's or 22's rather than the stock 20's for a larger wipe area.

Are they chattering, leaving wide swaths anywhere or one big poorly wiped section forth full swipe on the driver side only mostly. Any old cracks in the windshield?

Tell/show me a lot more about what it looks like, There are several possible fixable issues.

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I've used both, the single one piece design with the rib and the multi joint design. They're only 18's too and I'm not sure how you could fit 22's or even 31's... They'd be hanging off the side of the windshield.

They dont chatter either. Its the drivers side more than the passenger side and it lifts off the windshield if there is any crosswind. And I mean ANY crosswind. Thats what has me leaning towards a weak spring but I cant find a replacement springs, just the whole arm assembly.

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Assuming you did not originally have this issue, I would replace the windshield wiper arm, or more specifically the spring inside the arm like @seanb02 was saying. Chances are that spring has lost some of it's strength and is no longer applying enough pressure to hold the wiper down. I don't recall having this issue when i had my 02, i ran Bosch Icon wipers on that truck. (and honestly i like that style of wiper blade in general) I think age of the wiper arm is to blame being that it isn't a universal issue. just my 2 cents
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I suspect that if it is really wind it is a weak arm like others. Chatter would indicate that the arms need to be twisted q bit to make them wipe rather than plow and chatter.

If you are getting a wide swath under the upper center of the driver side wiper it is often due to the sharp edge of the rubber gets slightly worn from the dirt that the passenger side pushes up there.They are not cracked and look fine but the rubber looses it sharp edge and their squeegee effect.

Replace both and start over.
The following will help:
Clean windshield more by hand without wipers.
Change more often.
Use Rainx straight repellent regularly. It works even with out wipers often.
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The wiper blade ends the cycle on a down stroke. Next use, that rubber wiper blade has that bend/memory and will be less flexible on the up stroke . . . chatter/skip, etc. when you're going to shut off your truck, turn on the wipers and shut off while the wiper is on the upstroke. Do this every once in a while to offset the memory bend of the downstroke. Clean the wiper blades with a little rubbing alcohol once in a while . . . .

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Check the metal arm springs. They add the tension to the arms, which push the blades against the glass. Careful and slight bending of the arms can help to hold the blade against the glass. Or just buy new arms, I think rock Auto caries them for cheap. Makes the truck look younger too since the originals are probably sunfaded grey.
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 12-26-2019, 07:42 AM
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Type of wiper makes a difference.
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