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Unread 10-05-2013, 12:14 PM   #1
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My windshield wipers suck

I drove home from work this morning in a downpour. My windshield wipers work, and go fast enough but it highway speed the arms don't put enough pressure against the glass. The blades are new out of the box less that three months. I pulled the arms off, and it seems to me the springs are worn. Anyone try changing the springs? If so, where did you find them?

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Unread 10-05-2013, 12:23 PM   #2
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CJ wipers are notorious for poor performance. The aerodynamics (or lack of) tend to push the wiper arms all over the place at highway speeds. You can buy replacement arms with new springs and it may help some, but they're never going to be great. Best upgrade I've found for a CJ are these (you can actually use regular wiper blades with these too);
http://riptech.net/cgi-bin/ps.cgi?AC..._ID=2861437840
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Unread 10-05-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
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I run 13" Anco blades on mine. I cut the hook off the ends of my wiper arms, and epoxied the clips for the Anco blades on.
They clean the entire windshield now.

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Unread 10-05-2013, 05:29 PM   #4
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Wow, almost $200.00... I was hoping to replace a few 20 cent springs.
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Unread 10-05-2013, 06:35 PM   #5
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Some manufactures use an air deflector to apply more pressure on the glass like this...

http://www.spoonworld.com/miata2/my94-wiper1.jpg

Maybe you can give that a whirl?
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Unread 10-05-2013, 09:59 PM   #6
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Wow, almost $200.00... I was hoping to replace a few 20 cent springs.
That's insane cost just for the linkage, the arms and the blades...
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Unread 10-05-2013, 10:08 PM   #7
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Unread 10-06-2013, 06:56 AM   #8
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I went to napa they have a cabinet full of springs in the back. I found something close and had to cut a couple coils off of it to get good tension but it was a fix for under a buck.
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Unread 10-06-2013, 07:35 AM   #9
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FWIW, folding your windshield down without removing the wiper blades will stretch the springs.

Max, thanks for that link!! I wasn't aware a tensioner existed. I just ordered a set.

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Unread 10-06-2013, 08:47 AM   #10
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FWIW, folding your windshield down without removing the wiper blades will stretch the springs.

Max, thanks for that link!! I wasn't aware a tensioner existed. I just ordered a set.

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I installed a set on an '82 CJ7 for my buddy and they made a world of difference!

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Unread 10-06-2013, 09:49 AM   #11
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I use the sure wipe springs also. seems to help
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Unread 10-06-2013, 07:04 PM   #12
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I use the sure wipe springs also. seems to help
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Unread 10-07-2013, 04:58 AM   #13
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I also use the Sure Wipe helper springs.

I bougth mine about 15 years ago, and they still look brand new. They are made of
stainless steel, and they do an excellent job of adding just the right amount of
pressure to the wiper arms.

They also look like they belong on a Jeep. I don't know what it is, but they just
look like they were there from day one.

Here is what they look like on my 1985 CJ-7:
sure-wipe.jpg

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