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    I have a Honda civic and it's about 18months old. To start with I didn't have this issue, but it has developed and got worse and worse over time. Basically my wipers are total ****. They wipe the rain water off on the upswing and I can see but then smudge it all back over the window when they come back down and I can't see.

    I know nothing about cars but I've tried a few things. I cleaned them with a cloth both wet and dry; didn't help. I cleaned them with a tiny bit of washing up liquid on a slightly wet cloth, again, didn't help. I tried having the heating/AC on high on the window but that just makes me hot/cold. I even went to a car wash twice - nope.

    Does anyone know what might be causing this and how to fix it? I live in the US in a state which is pretty rainy in winter so I really need to fix this issue soon as "winter is coming".
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    Seriously? Replace the wiper blades, it's easy and will probably only take you 15 minutes at max. Make sure your washer fluid is topped up properly and use your washers (press the button on the wiper stalk or check your car's manual if it isn't like that) to clean the window. It's also possible that the smudging is on the inside of the car, not the outside.

    Never ever put washing up liquid near your car ever again, it's not appropriate for cleaning a car.
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    Wipers don't last indefinitely. Replace them! They're not expensive (you can get them from Amazon very reasonably) and it's a simple job you can do yourself in five minutes. Voilla - streak free windscreen (=windshield)
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    Not even whole blades, just the rubbers. They ought to be replaced every year.

    Another things you should always replace when buying a second hand car:

    -engine oil and oil filter
    -engine air filter
    -fuel filter
    -brake liquid
    -coolant and cooling system thermostat (it last for 5 years. Then it stops working, causing that engine either never gets warm enough, or overheats, depending on the model)
    -timing belt and tightener.
    -water pump if the car has 90k mileage+ and you don't know if this part was replaced or not.
    -cleaning of brake calipers. Brake pads replacement if necessary.
    -If engine makes knocking noise, then also valves regulation of mechanical tappets or hydraulic tappets replacement.
    -gearbox oil if mileage higher than interval of gearbox oil replacement (however this is not that urgent)
    -steering gear oil if mileage is higher than an interval of oil replacement, especially if the car has power steering
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    go to Halfords buy new ones its like £18 and they will fit them for you for £2 extra or you can fit them yourselves it takes 30 seconds. also could replace your washer fluid while you're at it.
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    While quite decent rubbers should cost 2£. It is pointless to replace whole blade, because rubber wears out, not the blade's frame.
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    As the cleaning the blades hasn't worked I'd say to replace them rubbers.
    They do wear out and it sounds like yours are on their way out.
    They are cheap to replace
    Hopefully that solves the issue.
    If not maybe they need tightening a little. They could be a little loose when coming back down so they're not fully pressing against the glass.
    But before I'd just try wiping the blades with some glass cleaner and a microfibre towel. That's what I do with mine and the amount of gunk that comes off is incredible! Makes a huge difference. So I'd try that again but if not then replace them

    Hope this helps
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    Thanks for the advice, guys. I didn't realize that it's normal for wiper blades to need replacement. Do different cars have different sizes? I have a Honda civic.
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    Of course they do.

    If you buy just the rubber part, you'll have to dismantle the blade.


    Go to a car spare parts shop and ask for rubber blades without frame. (wiper blades refill)
    If you can't find rubbers of proper size, buy a little longer and cut them by knife to needed lenght.
    Keep the flexors from the old blade, you'll need them for new rubber blades.
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    Oh just save yourself some time and buy the full kit. If I'm going to renew a vital part of my car, it makes sense to renew the part that keeps it operational, especially when its such a low cost.
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    (Original post by FireFreezer77)
    If not maybe they need tightening a little. They could be a little loose when coming back down so they're not fully pressing against the glass.
    They may not work very well also if the windshield has lots of microscratches made by dirty wipers. New wipers will significantly improve water removal, but some water may always stay in those micro-scratches.
    Those scratches may be partly removed by polishing the glass, especially in specialised windshield service.


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    Oh just save yourself some time and buy the full kit. If I'm going to renew a vital part of my car, it makes sense to renew the part that keeps it operational, especially when its such a low cost.
    But then you produce more plastic litter, and refill can be far cheaper than whole kit.
    I was a little bit confused since it's been a year when I had mine replaced, but I've reminded myself that in every type of blade, actually the rubber should be hold by plugs on the frame.
    In the aerodynamical flat type it's even easier to use refill, there is just one plug and then the refill comes in smoothly.
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    [QUOTE=PTMalewski;68374802]They may not work very well also if the windshield has lots of microscratches made by dirty wipers. New wipers will significantly improve water removal, but some water may always stay in those micro-scratches.
    Those scratches may be partly removed by polishing the glass, especially in specialised windshield service.
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    True very true, hence why you should always clean them every time you wash your car (should be once per week).
    The amount of gunk that comes off is incredible!
    Little particles get trapped and then dragged along the surface causing the scratches.
    And therefore as you said, the water gets trapped in them and doesn't clear properly.
    Tbh it's easy to do it yourself too. Just dont go overboard and make it worse.
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    Thanks for the advice, guys. I didn't realize that it's normal for wiper blades to need replacement. Do different cars have different sizes? I have a Honda civic.
    If you go here, and put in your reg, it'll tell you what type of wiper blade you need.
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    (Original post by PTMalewski)
    They may not work very well also if the windshield has lots of microscratches made by dirty wipers. New wipers will significantly improve water removal, but some water may always stay in those micro-scratches.
    Those scratches may be partly removed by polishing the glass, especially in specialised windshield service.




    But then you produce more plastic litter, and refill can be far cheaper than whole kit.
    I was a little bit confused since it's been a year when I had mine replaced, but I've reminded myself that in every type of blade, actually the rubber should be hold by plugs on the frame.
    In the aerodynamical flat type it's even easier to use refill, there is just one plug and then the refill comes in smoothly.
    The blades weaken over time, so should be replaced (a decent mechanic would tell you that), plus, they aren't designed to be refilled.

    Plastic litter my proverbial behind, this is the 21st century - stop pussyfooting around.
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    (Original post by PTMalewski)
    They may not work very well also if the windshield has lots of microscratches made by dirty wipers. New wipers will significantly improve water removal, but some water may always stay in those micro-scratches.
    Those scratches may be partly removed by polishing the glass, especially in specialised windshield service.




    But then you produce more plastic litter, and refill can be far cheaper than whole kit.
    I was a little bit confused since it's been a year when I had mine replaced, but I've reminded myself that in every type of blade, actually the rubber should be hold by plugs on the frame.
    In the aerodynamical flat type it's even easier to use refill, there is just one plug and then the refill comes in smoothly.
    Why don't we retread our tyres? Surely we're wasting so many resources there. Same principle applies.
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    (Original post by IWMTom)
    Why don't we retread our tyres? Surely we're wasting so many resources there. Same principle applies.
    Retreading tyres has a negative effect on it's durability. Changing rubbers in wipers doesn't.
    In fact you can improve quality of a cheap blade, by using high quality refill.


    (Original post by IWMTom)
    The blades weaken over time, so should be replaced (a decent mechanic would tell you that), plus, they aren't designed to be refilled.
    The old type frame doesn't, it just transfers pressure of the spring mounted in the arm that you do not replace. There is no flexible part or spring in such blade that would weaken.
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    (Original post by PTMalewski)
    Retreading tyres has a negative effect on it's durability. Changing rubbers in wipers doesn't.
    In fact you can improve quality of a cheap blade, by using high quality refill.
    Plastics and metals deterioriate just the same as the rubbers...
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    (Original post by IWMTom)
    Plastics and metals deterioriate just the same as the rubbers...
    Probably ten times slower or something like that at least. There is no stress up on the blade's frame that would wear it out that quickly.
    I've been using refills for years, and they work fine.
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    (Original post by PTMalewski)
    Not even whole blades, just the rubbers. They ought to be replaced every year.

    Another things you should always replace when buying a second hand car:

    -engine oil and oil filter
    -engine air filter
    -fuel filter
    -brake liquid
    -coolant and cooling system thermostat (it last for 5 years. Then it stops working, causing that engine either never gets warm enough, or overheats, depending on the model)
    -timing belt and tightener.
    -water pump if the car has 90k mileage+ and you don't know if this part was replaced or not.
    -cleaning of brake calipers. Brake pads replacement if necessary.
    -If engine makes knocking noise, then also valves regulation of mechanical tappets or hydraulic tappets replacement.
    -gearbox oil if mileage higher than interval of gearbox oil replacement (however this is not that urgent)
    -steering gear oil if mileage is higher than an interval of oil replacement, especially if the car has power steering
    Thanks for this. You seem to know what you're talking about so I have a question. You said the coolant and cooling system thermostat need replacing every 5 years - my car is 1 year old (I leased it from new) and when I turn the engine on for the past month or so the little light for "cold coolant" comes on. It goes off after a bit of driving, but that never used to happen, and, as I said, it's only a year old so why would that problem be showing up? Do I need to do anything about this? Thanks for any advice
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    I have a Honda civic and it's about 18months old. To start with I didn't have this issue, but it has developed and got worse and worse over time. Basically my wipers are total ****. They wipe the rain water off on the upswing and I can see but then smudge it all back over the window when they come back down and I can't see.

    I know nothing about cars but I've tried a few things. I cleaned them with a cloth both wet and dry; didn't help. I cleaned them with a tiny bit of washing up liquid on a slightly wet cloth, again, didn't help. I tried having the heating/AC on high on the window but that just makes me hot/cold. I even went to a car wash twice - nope.

    Does anyone know what might be causing this and how to fix it? I live in the US in a state which is pretty rainy in winter so I really need to fix this issue soon as "winter is coming".
    Surely you didn't need to make a forum on this? Buy new wiper blades, costs barely £10 and takes 10-20 mins to do by yourself, depending on if you know what you're doing.

    You do know that wiper blades aren't supposed to last forever?
 
 
 
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