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Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: MQV Son of Quinn on March 31, 2003, 07:49:59 PM
:( I'm a little puzzled about a problem I ran across today with my winshield wipers. As I was driving my wife to work, the weather was horrible, my winshield wipers had a fight becoming tangled with each other. Luckily I was able to stop and untangle them. Throughout the day I used the wipers and periodicall the would click as they passed each other on the way down. These are not original equipment but aftermarket wipers. I was wondering if anyone else had experienced this problem.

Jack Egan
01 Red Tek
No nickname yet still searching.
Possibly Mighty Quinn IV


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Tom Moog on March 31, 2003, 08:12:51 PM
Jack,

I have heard about this before. I understand that the fix is a shorter wiper blade on one side. If memory serves me correctly, the passenger side blade should be shorter than the driver side one. I might have that backwards tho... Better check with the dealer to see if they have that info.

Perhaps another member here has had this issue and knows of a fix...


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: greg_foulks on March 31, 2003, 08:52:03 PM
Nope all you need are 24's... actually they are 23 1/2 inches (i just measured both of them.

If your still under warranty then take it to the dealer and have them reset the blade housing... It's possible that the passenger side is coming up a bit earlier than driver side.   :blink:

Greg


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: MQV Son of Quinn on March 31, 2003, 09:21:48 PM
Thanks I'll check with them.

Jack


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Lisa on May 02, 2003, 07:58:58 AM
I had the same problem with my wipers. I struggled with replacing them and then finally took it to the dealer. The dealership readjusted the wipers.

Lisa :wave:  


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Tom Moog on May 02, 2003, 09:26:52 AM
Hi Lisa! Welcome!


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: rylowe on May 02, 2003, 01:06:57 PM
I just bought some tripple edge wipers the other day and slapped them on. 2 of the 24" wipers and they work fine. must the the housing or whatever cause 24" blades work fine.  B)  


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: GoddessShip on August 04, 2003, 07:45:35 AM
My wipers started clicking the other day in the middle of a down pour on 95S my wipers were on HI!


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: SirIsaac on August 07, 2003, 08:48:17 AM
According to the owners manual the driver's side uses a 24" and the pass side a 22"


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: AztekAndrew on August 07, 2003, 10:54:09 AM
The 2001 Azteks use 24 inch on both sides.

For 2002-2004 Pontiac has switched to left 24" and right 22".  I believe that there is no change in the actual wiper mechanism, the change just allows for little more variation in alignment before they smack into each other.

 


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: peterbright on August 07, 2003, 02:13:52 PM
Can the 2001's just put 2002/4 arms on?


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: AztekAndrew on August 07, 2003, 04:04:32 PM
Yes.  Greg rightly points out that the 2001's are specified to use 24 inch blades.  But, if you are having trouble with your wipers, and particularly if you are out of warranty on your 2001... then there is no problem putting a smaller blade on the passenger side wiper.  This will help slight alignment errors from causing the blades to hang up on each other.

Here's another solution:  Use RainX and stop using your wipers completely!  

 :D


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: peterbright on August 07, 2003, 08:03:20 PM
RainX works well for rain showers but rain storms are another matter.  Of course the wipers aren't too helpful in the latter either.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: josephw51 on August 08, 2003, 07:25:05 AM
PETERBRIGHT,

Apparently AztekAndrew does not live in Florida!  You are indeed right. Rainstorms, and we mean RAINSTORMS,  are a different thing altogether. And wipers do little in those either. It obscures my navigation radar on the driver's display, too.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: GoddessShip on August 08, 2003, 08:35:31 AM
I still have my factory wipers and they are 24" both sides.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: AztekAndrew on August 08, 2003, 09:33:18 AM
It's true, in Indiana, for the most part we just get rain.  Nothin' fancy.  It helps grow our corn.  

Marsha,  it's facinating that you have 24" on an 02 Aztek.  I wonder how that happened?  Anyone else measure their blades?


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: chameleon-Kat on August 08, 2003, 10:33:03 AM
Our 2001 cam with 24 on drivers side and 22 on passenger. When I replaced them the auto-parts place gave me 2 24's and it wasn't long before they were getting together  , I just snipped off some excess from the passenger side


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: peterbright on August 08, 2003, 10:38:58 AM
I'll have to measure mine.  I was looking at a reference in an auto parts store & they had 24' on both sides listed through 2003.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: GoddessShip on August 15, 2003, 09:00:47 AM
Well that is what the stupid Dealership Told me But I will check because they are stupid!


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: MQV Son of Quinn on August 18, 2003, 06:55:33 AM
Snce the dealership adjusted the wipers I've had no problems with the 24's. :lol:  Unfortunately the manufacturers don't always tell the aftermarket of changes they make from year to year.  :o Most aftermarket catalogues are fairly accurate even though they'll tell you to check your original equipment before replacing.  :wacko: Used to be a time when people who worked in an auto parts store were well informed about what was going on in the industry, NO MORE. :angry:  They hire some idiot off the street and teach them how to punch a few computer keys. When I owned my auto parts store we kept in touch with the mechanics who did the work for updates.
 ;)
Jack

:usa:


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: peterbright on August 18, 2003, 07:27:21 AM
For most parts stores here, you better know more than the guy/gal behind the counter if you want the right thing.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: MQV Son of Quinn on August 19, 2003, 05:33:03 AM
Probably the best thing is to go to your independent parts store. These people are very knowledgable and don't charge any more for their parts than the chains do. You can be assured of getting top-notch help and information and parts that last. What good is a life time warranty when the chains weasel out by finding something minor and then attributing the failure to improper installation!!!!! :wacko:  :(  :angry:

Jack

:usa:


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: SirIsaac on August 19, 2003, 08:06:37 AM
I agree Jack. To quote a line from the movie Tommy Boy.

"A guaranteed piece of sh** is still a piece of sh**".


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: peterbright on August 19, 2003, 08:10:06 AM
Amen, SirIsaac.  Get quality first & you will never be sorry you did.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: JAztek on April 16, 2004, 08:50:50 PM
Ok you guys, what do you think-
   I searched on the "tangled windshield wiper" and read all posts.  
QUESTION- how do you realign or readjust the wipers if that's what is needed? Is that the real fix or is putting  22" on the passenger side the TSB fix? My service dept claims there isn't a TSB for this problem. (Teks are rare here, so it's not like they service them every day).
    I was aware of some Teks having experienced this problem but had never had the problem in the 2+ years of ownership; nor have I needed to change the wipers. But after my windshield was replaced again (along with repriming the metal and repainting underneath where the mastic had pulled some paint), I noticed my wipers were acting differently. However, I went down in the US VI for a couple weeks and then it was very dry so I never really had to use my wipers much.
  Then 2 days ago, when we were headed over the coast range during a real downpour behind a semi- THE DARN WIPERS TANGLED AND LOCKED UP. My service dept claims it was because my wipers were old and torn. I think because the wipers were old, they tore during the tangle.  All they did was replace the wipers (charged me of course). No realignment or adjustment. :(
 


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: jaj1701 on April 16, 2004, 09:06:04 PM
Yes, the TSB is to replace one blade with a 22" blade.   Kinda cheezy if you ask me!   I've always put 24" blades on my 01.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Newfie Hauler on April 16, 2004, 09:16:59 PM
It is due to the design of the winshield and the placement of the wiper postes on the cowl.  One side is 22 and the other is 24.  Several GM cars are built this way.  The current Cavalier/Sunfire started the whole thing.

If you want to avoid having them tangle, follow the TSB and you should not have any problems.  In fact, if you went to the dealership to purchase the blades, you should get the proper lengths.  I have not checked, but usually Anco is pretty good from an aftermarket standpoint on wiper blades.  When I replaced them on my wife's Cavalier, they had a package with the two different lengths inside with even paper labels attached for the driver and passenger side!  I am not sure if they still do that and if they have them for the Tek, but it would be worth checking.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Zinnium on April 16, 2004, 10:06:35 PM
how hard would it be to realign them.  if i remember right my uncle doug had this problem with his old cutless, it was that the bolts holding the them in position were at a insuficient torque due to the fact they were cheao low lorque bolts.  he bout like 6 high stregth stainless still bolts and used them.  


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Newfie Hauler on April 17, 2004, 12:41:50 PM
They are not difficult to align, but it is much easier to get the correct wipers.  Re-aligning the wiper arms may change how the wipers sit in the "park" position.  What I mean by that is that when the wipers are off, they will either sit too high or too low in the windshield.  They may not extend far enough during operation to clean the entire windshield or they may goo too far and hit the A-pillar.  Re-aligning then involves a little bit of trial and error, moving them up a spline at a time on the shaft to the point where they don't hit each other and yet don't hit the cowl or the A-pillar.

I guess I just like having the parts that I replace being as close to the original equipment as possible (almost as if I am restoring it).  Maybe I am being too fussy


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: JAztek on April 17, 2004, 03:51:09 PM
Thanks, that helps a lot.   You guys are awesome. :D
    Yes, the wipers were set too narrow and not cleaning the entire windshield (it wasn't just in my mind). When my husband untangled them, he pulled on the drivers side wiper so that it now hits the driver side pillar. The other is still set so it doesn't reach toward the passenger pillar as far as it should. (I'm so glad you guys are teaching me and I'm learning the terminology).
    In the end, Pontiac Service Dept guy replaced the wipers with GM stock wipers, but didn't adjust them at all like I think he should have. Ordinarily I would have just gone to NAPA. Wipers cost ($12 ea) but they were going to charge me $10 just for looking at them anyway even though I felt it was a warranty problem leftover from the windshield and paint work.
   Live & learn. But seems like I always pay to keep on learning I guess!! I know my husband knows this stuff, but he's not a good teacher (lack of interest in it), but he's a hunting fool! and he's 60 mi south of here dragging his second bear out of a canyon. I must confess, spring bear meat's very good. I'd give you all some if you were here. :P
 


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Newfie Hauler on April 27, 2004, 07:02:48 PM
I replaced the windshield wiper blades on the Newfie Hauler today.  I have a few observations that I would like to share.  First, I measured the ones on my '02 once I had them off.  The driver's side blade on my '02 is definately 24" and the passenger side is 22".  It does help a lot to turn on the windshield washer once and turn the ignition off when the wipers reach their farthest extent (so the wipers are up on the ouside edges of the windshield).  You can get at them a lot easier that way.  

I went to the auto parts store (shall remain nameless).  The parts books for various brands of blade refills show both wipers being 24", one showed both at 22", one showed one at 24" and one at 22" and even one had both wipers at 17" (not sure how much of the windshield those wipers would have cleared).  The problem I found was that the wiper refills are packaged in pairs.  Fortunately, my wife's Cavalier needed its blades replaced (they are 22" and 17").  

I bought one package of 17", one 22" and one 24".  So now I have an extra 17" and 24" blade in case one of them rips.   I did not check the prices at the dealer, but I know that you can buy the blades individually there ( I purchased a set for the Calalier there about a year ago.).


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: ANDE2004 on April 27, 2004, 11:23:58 PM
Newfie

Thanks for that bit of info,  without that knowledge I would have just bought what the books said and bought two blades at 24 inches and then been pissed when they run into each other as they move accross the windshield.

Im thinking about swapping to a better quality blade on my 'Tek as well, they still clear the windshield pretty good but the drivers side blade sometimes dances accross the windshield making that "BRRRRRRRRPP" sound that just aggrivates me... :angry:

Im pondering the triple-edge blades,  has anyone ever tried these?

ANDE2004


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: ANDE2004 on April 27, 2004, 11:36:55 PM
Another pretty neat thing Ive noticed on my 01 Tek is that there are little red marks painted in the windshield glass down in the cowl area.
These appear to be alignment marks for the assembly workers so they know where the wiper blades are supposed to sit on the windshield glass in the "parked" position.  
If you raise your hood and look at the base of your windshield you should see these two painted lines on the glass just under the center of each blade,  If your blades are not centered over the red lines, then Im guessing they arent properly adjusted anymore and might be causing them to lock together when in use.

Just a thought

ANDE2004


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Newfie Hauler on April 28, 2004, 04:28:38 AM
Quote
Im thinking about swapping to a better quality blade on my 'Tek as well, they still clear the windshield pretty good but the drivers side blade sometimes dances accross the windshield making that "BRRRRRRRRPP" sound that just aggrivates me... :angry:

Im pondering the triple-edge blades,  has anyone ever tried these?
 
ANDE,

I know what you mean.  It could be that the spring in the wiper arm that holds the tension has begun to relax.  It can happen after a few years.  You may even want to invest in a couple new wiper arms.  I suspect that the paint on yours might be starting to dull a little anyway (they do after a couple years) and it might brighten your Tek up a bit.

As for the triple-edge blades, I found they work great in heavy rain, but in lighter mists and when using the windshield washers they were too effective.  By that I mean that they cleaned off too much too quickly and I found the wipers returning back to the park position dry (insert squeaking noise here).  I solved that by applying Rain X to the windshield.  That way I didn't have to use the wipers in the lighter rain/windshield washer situations.

I just got tires of putting on the Rain X and decided to return to conventional wipers blades.  Just my experience, maybe others have had better results.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: JediSkipdogg on April 28, 2004, 09:50:40 AM
Newfie and company,

How about double bladed wipers?  I don't need any new ones at all yet, but I was looking in an auto store a month or so ago and saw some nice shiny blue wiper arms (also available in yellow, silver, red) that had dual blades on them.  They come individually (on arm only) so that it's easy to get the two sides the right length.  Would these be recommended?  Or do you think they would just look cool?


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Newfie Hauler on April 28, 2004, 10:16:47 AM
Jedi,

I agree, they look cool.  However, in our climate they could pose some problems in the winter.  I can see the double blades getting clogged with ice really easy.  They are great in the summer and during heavy rain, but like the triple edge wipers they tend to run a little dry in light mists and when using the windshield washers.  

A friend of mine had them on his C/K truck.  He found that they lifted off the windshield at any speed over 65 miles per hour. :(   I am not sure if it was just due to the design of the truck or if they would all do that or not.  Needless to say, he did not keep them on there for too long.

What about the idea of removing the wipers, taking the blades off and painting them?  Obviously, you would want to use a lower gloss paint to avoid reflections off of them (BTW: I have seen some of the double wipers in chrome, not a good idea due to the reflections).  You could probably get them painted to match your Tek and then instead of a clearcoat gloss, use a clearcoat satin (if they make it) instead.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: jaj1701 on April 28, 2004, 10:29:05 AM
Just FYI, I checked both my 2001 and 2002 manuals.

2001 = 24 and 24
2002 = 24 and 22

I never had problems with two 24s on my 01 but have 24/22 combination currently on my 02.   I know you can get 23" blades and was considering that instead of the 22.

As for wiper types, has anyone tried the HEATED wiper blades??????????????

I've found a few manufactures and thought they'd be real nice for perventing ice buildup on the blades and to get the thin sheet of ice cleared off from when I'm lazy and use my washer fludid to clear the windshild when it's too cold out.

 


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Newfie Hauler on April 28, 2004, 10:58:48 AM
Heated Wiper Blades?  I have never known anyone to try them.  Do you know how they work?  I would think that they might be effective on the Tek because the wipers are protected from the elements by being placed under the rear of the hood.  It is tough to get in there with a window scraper anyway, because the wipers are in the way.  Who makes them?

Regarding the wiper sizes, interesting.  I wonder if they changed the sizes because they were colliding?  When I put the new baldes on my '02 and moved them back to the park position, if I would have had the 24" blades on both sides, I think they would have touched.  I think I read in either this posting or another about an owner's hood getting scratched or nicked when they had the blades replaced.  I can see how this can happen after doing mine because the blades are so long and the original ones have a metal insert.

Even though they are more expensive, it is easier to replace the whole blade assembly (not the arm, but the refill and what they call the superstructure above the blade).  Less chance you will damage your Tek and a whole lot quicker (slightly more expensive).


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: JediSkipdogg on April 28, 2004, 01:41:40 PM
I kinda like the painting idea.  Painting the metal part that hold the blade in, not the arm itself, will be cool.  Any idea of a good brand and type of paint to buy to try this?  Granted they will be kinda small compared to the ones I saw in the store, it will look much cooler cause I can say I did it.  And if they end up looking like poop, I can always just buy some new ones since they are cheap.  


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Newfie Hauler on April 28, 2004, 02:09:11 PM
Jedi,

What kind of look are you trying to achieve.  I ask that because I am wondering what kind of color you are looking for (i.e. same color as your Tek, loud flashy neon color, contrasting color etc.).  Once I know the color I can go online and see what I can find.  I also assume you are looking for something you can spray yourself, with a paint can or an air compressorspray/gun?

Newfie


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: ANDE2004 on April 28, 2004, 06:47:11 PM
NEWFIE

Been there-Done that!
I've already removed and repainted my wiper arms and blade holders a nice Satin Black.  The drivers side arm was just starting to show a little paint wear when I bought the Tek.  So, I lightly sanded and resprayed them both.  Looks just like new again! :cooldude:

I even replaced the missing plastic buttons over the wiper arm posts!  :D

Thats how I discovered the red lines in the windshield for properly adjusting the blades.  

ANDE2004


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Newfie Hauler on April 28, 2004, 06:56:29 PM
ANDE,

What brand of paint did you purchase to do this?  I think Jedi is looking to change the color to something a little more dramatic.  I am just wondering what the color options might be.  Even if the color is available in only a high gloss, I know a couple companies (Krylon and Duplicolor?) sell a satin clearcoat to dull the finish slightly.  Normally you would lightly sand the finish before adding the satin clearcoat, but I think you would risk "burning though" the paint and exposing the primer or the original base coat.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: JediSkipdogg on April 28, 2004, 08:36:19 PM
I was thinking just a blue color to match my Tek...maybe a brighter blue though, one that still looks good though.  I'm the worst color person in the world therefore not sure what would look good...any advice would help...but I was thinkin blue.  And then like a shiny kinda clearcoat lookin finish.  And I'm lookin at a spraypaint cause I don't have a airspray gun.  Also advice on how to do this would be helpful to achieve a nice lookin finish.


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Newfie Hauler on April 28, 2004, 08:50:11 PM
Jedi,

First the color, I think that I would stick to the exact color of your Tek.  Duplicolor and another company, I think it is called Paint Scratch.com sell spray cans of paint to match your Tek.  If you need help with finding the paint codes, email me and I can tell you more.

Finish:  I think you might be sorry painting them a high gloss finish because of the reflections.  The wipers kind of hide under the hood, but if the light hits them just right, you could be blinded (that is why they are satin finished now).

Method:  Have you ever applied wax to them before?  If so, you will want to remove it.  Liberal amounts of winshield washer fluid should remove any way buildup (let dry overnight and make sure no water is trapped in the hinged joints). If you have a good place to hang them (basement or garage rafters), remove the wiper refill (you will probably have to replace them as they don't come out easily), tie them up with some fishing line and spread a generous amount of newspaper under them and spray them in very light coats (three or four).  Don't worry if the first couple of coats do not cover the entire blade.  Follow the recommended times on the can for applications between coats and to let dry.

Best of Luck


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: ANDE2004 on April 28, 2004, 08:53:15 PM
NEWFIE & JEDI

I bought the paint at "wally-world", I cant remember the brand but it was a better paint than duplicolor or Krylon I believe.  (Satin Black for automotive use only)

All I did was remove the wiper arm nuts and gently rocked the arms back and forth a little to get the arms to release from the shaft splines (you want to be careful in doing this, and make sure the wipers are in the parked position).  Then I removed all the retainer tabs that secure the washer fluid lines to the arms and gently disconnected the lines from the spray nozzles.
Then gently release the clips that secure the spray nozzles to the arms and remove them as well.  Then just remove the blades (rubber portion) from the blade holders and your all set to start painting.

Installation is the reverse of removal, the hardest part is threading the fluid line back through the tension spring.  (Took me a few tries to get it back through)
Also make sure the wiper blades are lined up with the red lines (wipers should still be in parked position) in the windshield prior to torqueing the arms down on the studs, this will ensure proper blade clearance when wipers are in use.

I'd have Jedi try and see if he can find some of that touch-up paint that comes in a spray can, the type that is "supposed" to match your paint code (might find this at wally-world too), or drop by the dealership and speak to the pro's in the body shop about doing the work for you to ensure a good color match.

ANDE2004


Title: Winshield Wipers
Post by: HotRod01 on April 29, 2004, 07:36:10 AM
I have used the triple-edge, rain-x, and the dual blade replacements.

I loved the triple-edge.  Can't find them anymore. :cry: Highly recommend them.  I did have the dry issue when misting.  I thought that was a small price to pay for the improved performance in other weather.

I love rain-x.  Have several bottles of the stuff.  Coating the back glass helps alot with getting the rain and grime to flow off.  Helps keep it clean too.  As for the windshield: buy the rain-x washer fluid.  I never need to apply the rain-x to the windshield! :o The washer fluid does it for me.  Watch for the sales at Murrys!  you can get it at the same price as regular washer fluid.

Double bladed wipers are good.  They work well at low speeds, < 45mph, BUT they tend to raise off the windshield at high speed.  I had them for about 3 months.  Then the uncleared spots got to me and I through them away.  Don't recommend them.  I think they work fine for Jeeps and truck with the very verticle windshields because the wind is pushing down on them.

Finnally, I had one size on my '01.  Don't remember which.  I think the smaller size as I had the wipers getting tangled right after I bought.  They may have adjusted the blades for alignment though.


Title: Re: Winshield Wipers
Post by: jennae29 on March 20, 2010, 11:57:38 AM
Hi all...

I have had my aztek for about 7 months, about a week ago my windshield wipers started messing up badly.  They will go up and not come back down unless you push them down.  I have had them looked at by a couple of people and they can't find anything wrong with them does anyone here have any Ideas?  I live in Oklahoma and it rains or snows all the time..

Jennifer


Title: Re: Winshield Wipers
Post by: 97drexelgrad on March 20, 2010, 08:37:56 PM
Sometimes the wiper arms come loose from the wiper motor/transmission.  Pop the hood and give a good tug on the motor.
Or it might be time for a new wiper motor


Title: Re: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Aztek-Knight on March 23, 2010, 09:52:14 PM
Windshield Wipers are an issue with me... WHY do you pay THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of dollers for an auto, and they can't toss in a few sets of extra wiper blades? Really, just put them in with the spare tire or something. *Grrrrr >:(*


Title: Re: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Dave on March 24, 2010, 10:48:49 AM
My fellow Canucks can attest - Reflex blades from Canadian Tire and Rain-X washer fluid (the best stuff ever invented!) will keep guarantee a clean windshield. When people get into my Tek it's the first thing they comment one (which may mean I need to do some more work on the interior ;)


Title: Re: Winshield Wipers
Post by: Python on March 24, 2010, 08:44:22 PM
My fellow Canucks can attest - Reflex blades from Canadian Tire and Rain-X washer fluid (the best stuff ever invented!) will keep guarantee a clean windshield. When people get into my Tek it's the first thing they comment one (which may mean I need to do some more work on the interior ;)
I love the Rain-X All-Season wiper fluid, it's all I use.  As for the Reflex wiper blades, I personally do not like them.  I prefer the Rain-X Latitude wiper blades from Wal-Mart.  Rain-X Washer Fluid + Rain-X Wiper Blades = Extremely clean windshield! :)