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Old 05-05-2006, 08:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Windshield wiper streaking

I'm having a problem when using my windshield wipers during night driving.
When they wipe the windshield, they leave streaks that disappear almost immedeatly, but since it happens on the up swing, and down swing it is very difficult to see out of the windshield especially with other headlights glaring off of them.
I applied rainx when the car was new, but never kept up with the applications. I have since stripped the windshield using vinegar/water, windex, then dry, and that didn't work. I reapplied rainx, and still have the streaks.
Any suggestions??
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Old 05-05-2006, 10:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm having a problem when using my windshield wipers during night driving.
When they wipe the windshield, they leave streaks that disappear almost immedeatly, but since it happens on the up swing, and down swing it is very difficult to see out of the windshield especially with other headlights glaring off of them.
I applied rainx when the car was new, but never kept up with the applications. I have since stripped the windshield using vinegar/water, windex, then dry, and that didn't work. I reapplied rainx, and still have the streaks.
Any suggestions??
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New wiper blades, preferably silicone.

Another coat of Rainx.
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:08 PM   #3 (permalink)
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IMO rainx makes the streaks worse. PIAA silicone blades seem to be the most recommended, but I have not tried them personally myself.

BOSCH microedge seem to do good enough for me and I use Invisible Glass to clean my windsheild on a regular basis to get the road grme off.
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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i bought generics on my camry, and streaking went away

i have one rainX and one bosch microedge on my mdx, and i see no difference yet, i dunno if longevity is its "edge"
i generally dont do anything to treat my windsheild....i get a lot of rockchips in NYC anyway

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yea you just need a new set of wiper blades
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Old 05-05-2006, 03:21 PM   #6 (permalink)
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do camry wipers have springs?
or is that only for the back windows of vans and stuff?
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Old 05-05-2006, 04:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Most likely if the rubber inserts are not ripped, the inserts just need cleaning. Take some alcohol (windshiled washer fluid also works but not as well as alcohol) on a rag or paper towel and wipe the inserts repeatedly until no more black stuff comes off. That black stuff is oil picked up from other cars tires in front of you when you drive in the rain. Oil is all over the road and gets on your windshield and is transferred to the blades/refills when they move over the windshield. Give it a try. You will be amazed at the results.

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Old 05-05-2006, 04:52 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have to agree with Mike on this one. Try cleaning them very well first. If the streaking does not go away then replace them.
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Old 05-05-2006, 07:19 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I forgot to post, that I have brand new wipers. 2 sets, as I bought another set to see if the first set of wipers were bad.
I'll try and clean them off.
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I have the same issue on my 4-month old 2008 RAV4. I tried cleaning the blades and cleaned the windshield multiple times with windex and armor all auto glass cleaner. I just replaced the blades with new Trico winter blades and the window still streaks (disappearing in 2-3 seconds).

Maybe we both have defective windshields that are imperfect?

The only thing I haven't tried yet is waxing the windshield or rain-x. I have never needed rain-x before, so I don't think I should need it now. I am going to bring the car back to the dealer next week with the OEM wiper blades back on and see what they say.
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Goldilocks - did you ever get this solved? I just bought a CPO Highlander and am having the same problem. WOuld love to know what is causing this and how to fix it. It's REALLY annoying and at night will be dangerous.
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I actually think it is the Toyota OEM wiper blades. I solved the issue by replacing the entire blade with Bosch Icon's, which I used all winter. I decided to take them off recently since they are expensive and I would like to try and get another winter out of them. I bought the toyota OEM blades, and have the same issue again. I plan to try the Anco 31 series or Valeo 600 series which are less expensive, but have good reviews.
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Goldilocks - did you ever get this solved? I just bought a CPO Highlander and am having the same problem. WOuld love to know what is causing this and how to fix it. It's REALLY annoying and at night will be dangerous.
Try throughly cleaning your windshield is the key. Wash it, clay it, wipe it down with alcohol and a magic eraser and then put on new blades.
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