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Frozen Winshield Wipers

winshield wipers

Best Answer drdiesel1 , 27 February 2015 - 10:40 AM

After you turn the car off, you have a 3 second window to hold the wiper

lever down to park the blades in the service position. This will allow you to

raise the arms off the windshield. Just remember to lower them before you

turn the system back on or you'll have tears all over yourself. Don't let that

happen or the new neighbor might think you're a girlyman :hysterical:

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#1 OFFLINE   mremelman

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 09:57 AM

I just moved to South Lake Tahoe, CA from the SF Bay Area.

I am new to a climate where it snows and things freeze solid.

 

During our last snow / ice storm my wipers froze solidly to windshield

down in their little hidden well.

 

On older vehicles I know to:

1)  Extend windshield wiper arms so they are sticking out at 90 degrees from windshield.

     Or if the arms don't allow this;

2) Flip the wiper blade assembly away from the windshield, so the wiping edge is

     not in contact with the windshield.

 

What the heck to we do with the C-Max to prevent freeze up?

I know now to make sure the wiper control is in the off position...

Not sure how to keep ice and snow from building up in the well

and freezing everything in place. 

 

I am open to suggestion (other than park in a garage)  :-)

 









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#2 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 10:40 AM   Best Answer

After you turn the car off, you have a 3 second window to hold the wiper

lever down to park the blades in the service position. This will allow you to

raise the arms off the windshield. Just remember to lower them before you

turn the system back on or you'll have tears all over yourself. Don't let that

happen or the new neighbor might think you're a girlyman :hysterical:


Edited by drdiesel1, 27 February 2015 - 01:49 PM.

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#3 OFFLINE   mremelman

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 12:41 PM

Thanks, drdiesel1 Just tried it.  I had to push down on wiper control (single wipe position) while ignition was on, then turn off ignition while holding wiper control in single wipe.  Bottom line, it worked, got them up just in time, as it is starting to snow.  :-)



#4 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 01:47 PM

Thanks, drdiesel1 Just tried it.  I had to push down on wiper control (single wipe position) while ignition was on, then turn off ignition while holding wiper control in single wipe.  Bottom line, it worked, got them up just in time, as it is starting to snow.  :-)

Yeah! The manual actually states to pull it in. I've never done it, but knew this was possible.

I live in a NON SNOW/ICE area :salute:  Glad you were able to get it handled :happy feet:


Edited by drdiesel1, 27 February 2015 - 01:48 PM.


#5 OFFLINE   RubyMax

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 03:32 PM

From the manual...

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#6 OFFLINE   drdiesel1

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Posted 27 February 2015 - 04:24 PM

From the manual...

Yeah, that's the same info I looked at. Looks like I misconstrued the "in A" position part  :wink: 



#7 OFFLINE   chryssa

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Posted 18 March 2015 - 06:20 PM

Unfortunately we have had the wipers freeze in place while driving. In snowy conditions, wipers are used intermittently or set to auto.  The defroster does not heat the low part of the windshield where the wipers lie in wait.  I consider this a safety hazard.

Slush accumulation freezes wipers in place


#8 OFFLINE   evolVE

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Posted 19 March 2015 - 04:37 AM

Wow, that's bad. How is it even supposed to work, waste heat from the engine? So much for all the Arctic circle testing they do on the prototypes.

 

We had a few storms here recently that would have done the exact same thing.











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