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Old 02-25-2011, 09:31 PM   #1
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Windshield Wipers Before A Storm, Up or Down?

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I've been noticing more and more people that live around my area (western PA, USA) that have been leaving their car's windshield wipers extended out away from the windshield. Sticking out into the air. This is done when reports of a big ice or snow storm is headed our way.

Just thought I would ask for opinions from forum'ers here to see how common this is, thoughts on it, and if there is any "science" behind it.
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Re: Windshield Wipers Before A Storm, Up or Down?

stops the wipers from freezing/sticking to windshield(bends linkage ect.)
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It will prevent them from freezing onto the windshield, but if you do it too often, it will weaken the spring tension that keeps the wipers pressed against the screen.
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Re: Windshield Wipers Before A Storm, Up or Down?

Yeh, that stops wipers from freezing, my dad uses that method as well
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Another option is a trash bag or cardboard on the windshield. Of course that doesn't help I you have a large accumulation.
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Re: Windshield Wipers Before A Storm, Up or Down?

Just keep your windshield Rain-Xed (or use a similar product). Wipers won't freeze to it and it makes cleaning the snow/ice off your windshield 100% easier. Also keep in mind - wipers generally don't last over 2 years at the most. A lot of us replace them every year to ensure maximum visibility.

And, while we're on the subject of winter car care...
(1) To keep your doors from freezing shut, pick a nice, dry day and spray the rubber seals (where the doors close against the body) with 100% silicone spray. One treatment is usually good for the whole winter.
(2)And, to keep your locks (especially on older cars) in good shape, spray a short burst of WD-40 into them in the fall. Then, in the spring, lubricate them again with a little graphite spray.

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Re: Windshield Wipers Before A Storm, Up or Down?

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(1) To keep your doors from freezing shut, pick a nice, dry day and spray the rubber seals (where the doors close against the body) with 100% silicone spray. One treatment is usually good for the whole winter.
Cheers for this tip Dave B. I had a real struggle getting my doors open the other (b*****y freezing) morning so I'll give this a go.
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