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Windshield Wipers Stutter

The other day it was raining like hell and I'm using the wipers and they are stuttering on the windshield. The wipers were fairly new and the windshield was clean. I use Rain-X on the windshield and I can see most of the water beading and blowing off but does Rain-X leave the surface of the glass with something that causes the wipers to stutter? Most annoying.......

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No personal experience with Rain-X, dont see that much use for it here in SoCal, but an old trick Dad taught me many years ago when the wiper blades stuttered was to clean the windshield with a mixture of vinegar and water with a few drops of alcohol and dry it with newspaper. I think the newspaper is key, because I'm usually in a hurry and dont take the time to mix up the concoction and just use Windex and newspaper with good results
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As WoodGuy advised!
And I use dollar stores (price check!) alcohol pads to clean the blades.

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Depending on your weather conditions, people will some times try and use wiper blades to remove snow off the windshield after parking over night. This can cause the blades to "twist" from the weight/resistance and puts the blades at a less than 90 degree angle against the windshield and will cause the blade to "hop", "skip" or "stutter" going in a single direction but usually, not both. IF that's the case for you, you'll need to twist the blade arm so the blade is sitting at 90 degrees to the windshield surface again.

This may or may not apply to your situation but it wasn't mentioned, so I thought I'd throw it out there. Good luck.
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[quote=BikerPepe`;7169884. This can cause the blades to "twist" from the weight/resistance and puts the blades at a less than 90 degree angle against the windshield and will cause the blade to "hop", "skip" or "stutter" going in a single direction but usually, not both. IF that's the case for you, you'll need to twist the blade arm so the blade is sitting at 90 degrees to the windshield surface again.

This may or may not apply to your situation but it wasn't mentioned, so I thought I'd throw it out there. Good luck.[/quote]

agree with Pepe here, did it to my 79 yesterday and no more chatter
I use 2 small adjustable wrenches and gently twist the wiper arm until the chatter is gone
also the news paper cleaning works great,i think it sort of polishes the glass the same way a clay helps paint
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Who knows what the wiper arms have been thru in 40 years. I've used rain x for years and swear by it.

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Both my F250 and Bronco have this problem. I've tried everything to cure it without success, and I wonder if the springs in the arms have just got tired?
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you need to replace the bushings in the wiper arm mechanism, they are worn.

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you need to replace the bushings in the wiper arm mechanism, they are worn.
Thanks, I'll look into that.
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I finally got the lead out and fixed my wiper stutter problem. For about a year I suspected my issue was the wiper arms under the cowl.

I opened her up and pulled out the old arms and inspected them. This is what I found....




I installed the new wiper arms and now my wipers are as tight as a new vehicle. No squeak, chatter or stutter at all. Very nice and smooth wiper action now.

I ordered the complete wiper arm assembly. Item 3 and 4 on this page Truck Parts and Truck Accessories

But you could get away with just replacing the bushings and fix that problem too, and for much less. It is item 6 on the page linked above.


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I would suspect that the kind of wear that klh95bronco has displayed would be prevalent on a vehicle with high mileage. I doubt this is the problem that I'm having. It appears if the wiper blades are new and the windshield is clean all is well. After the wiper blades are say 6 months old the BS starts. And it doesn't matter how expensive the blades are, they all seem to age and become dried out quickly.....

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I quit playing the Rain-X game of having to retreat my windshield every week or two. I've been using a windshield treatment that was called Auqapel in past years and has been rebranded as Trico View.
TRICO View® Glass Treatment® | TRICO® Windshield Wipers
https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...472585&jsn=299
Not only does this last for over 6 months with rain, it also makes removing ice and bugs off of the windshield easier. It also helps with the wiper blade chatter / shudder even with good blades and wiper arm bushings.

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I quit playing the Rain-X game of having to retreat my windshield every week or two. I've been using a windshield treatment that was called Auqapel in past years and has been rebranded as Trico View.
TRICO View® Glass Treatment® | TRICO® Windshield Wipers
https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo...472585&jsn=299
Not only does this last for over 6 months with rain, it also makes removing ice and bugs off of the windshield easier. It also helps with the wiper blade chatter / shudder even with good blades and wiper arm bushings.
I used to use the Rain-X that you had to manually apply to the windshield every week or two until I switched to the windshield washer fluid with Rain-X in it. It works great, a couple of squirts every 10-15 minutes or so and I literally don't need my wipers on the highway. The gallon jug will last me a whole season. I use the Deicer one in the winter and the bug removal one in the spring/summer.
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