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Old 12-09-2004, 05:29 AM   #1
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I'm going crazy with my windshield wipers chatter. Is there a fix?
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Old 12-09-2004, 05:29 AM   #2
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I'm going crazy with my windshield wipers chatter. Is there a fix?
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Old 12-09-2004, 06:11 AM   #3
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If "chatter" means what I think you mean, then the problem is friction between the blade and the glass. Chattering is sometimes caused by an invisible residue built up on the glass. Try cleaning the windshield glass thoroughly with ammonia and water or a product designed specifically for windshields (no wax).

If that doesn't do it, replace the rubber blades. They may have become inflexible or may themselves be coated with a film that makes them grab. They may look perfectly good but still be causing the problem.
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Old 12-09-2004, 12:39 PM   #4
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Here's a link to the Trico Wiper Blade FAQsection. It discusses "chattering."

Although the site doesn't discuss this, I have heard that chattering can also be caused by a wiper arm that is not parallel to the windshield. If you suspect that this is a possibility then turn on your wipers and stop them when they are vertical by turning off the ignition. In this postion you can check for parallelism. If the arms are not parallel to the windshield then try to carefully bend them so that they are.
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Do you mean perpendicular to the windshield? At a 90 degree to the windshield?

Thanks for the replies. I guess I will try cleaning first, then if that does not work, then new blades.

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The arms are in the normal position. In otherwords the blades are resting on the glass, but rather than being in the parked position, the blades are veritical.
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Just give the Wiper Arms a slight twist as suggested in previous post, I've done this with many cars in 23 years as a Tech.
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Old 12-14-2004, 02:11 PM   #8
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I have had good luck using RainX glass cleaner. Clean the windshield good and then use the papertowel wet with the RainX to clean the wiperblades. They glide real smooth after that. Good Luck.
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Old 12-19-2004, 12:44 PM   #9
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I agree with the previous post, give the windshield a good coat of Rain-X every month or so and your wipers will work fine, in fact you might not even have to use the wipers as the rain will just fly off the windshield.
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by rhandley:
I'm going crazy with my windshield wipers chatter. Is there a fix?[/QUOT

The best product for cleaning your windshield is Bon Ami. It has been recommended for years by GM. Wet the windshield, then sprinkle Bon Ami on the glass, use a cloth or fine brush and scrub good(include the blades)then rinse. Once it is cleaned properly if the chatter remains a blade adjustment may be needed.
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Most of the time wiper chatter is caused by dried out wiper blade rubber. When I store my MH I cover the blades to protect from the sun
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I just read the other day that NAPA Autoparts stores sell an external spring that when installed on the wiper blade arm, applies more pressure to the windshield, reducing or illiminating chatter.

It might be something to look into.
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Old 02-05-2005, 01:20 PM   #14
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Rain-X is the bomb!!

Their commercial doesn't do justice to what the product results are like. I've been using it for almost ten years. Although I don't have the problem of driving too fast in the MotorHome, but with passenger cars...be very careful that you don't start driving too fast in the rain. As another post mentioned, you won't even need to use your wipers if you're on the highway at speeds about 45 or so and it's almost as if no rain is on your windshield.
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