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Unread 06-01-2012, 07:29 AM   #1
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Windshield Wiper Blade Maintenance

Ignore if not interested - might help someone save some $$. You don't have to use "Mopar" products, just their equivalents.

Windshield wiper blades are frequently replaced unnecessarily. Because of the various environmental conditions vehicles are operated in, a film can build up on both the windshield and the wiper elements that may eventually cause poor cleaning or streaking of the windshield. In some instances, a chattering condition as the wipers blades travel across the windshield can develop.
Replacement of the wiper blades is normally NOT required to correct streaking issues. Periodic maintenance in the form of cleaning the wiper blades and windshield is usually all that is required.
If the complaint is a streaky wipe pattern or blades that chatter when they travel across the windshield and no damage to the wiper blades is evident, the following steps should be performed:
1. Use a soft cloth or sponge & squeegee with MOPAR WindshieldWasher, MOPAR Glass Cleaner or a solution of 50/50 alcohol and water, to wash the windshield.
2. Raise the wiper blades off the glass and clean the wiper blade elements (rubber inserts) with MOPAR WindshieldWasher Solvent or a solution of 50/50 alcohol and water using a soft cloth, paper towel or sponge.
3. Return the wiper blades to their normal operating position and operate the washer system. If the wiper blades are not streaking the windshield or chattering, replacement of the blade assembly is not necessary. If the wipe pattern is still objectionable, clean the wipers again. If the wipe pattern is still objectionable, replace the wiper blade(s) or element(s) as necessary.

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