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post #1 of 11 Old 12-22-2011, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Hi all, i was in some poor weather on the m6 the other day, i heard a strange noise from the wipers, after a minute or so it stopped. In bright sunlight today I noticed an arc shaped scratch caused by the drivers wiper. Is there any way of removing this scratch?, it is only minor, but visible in bright conditions and will drive me nuts!!! Do any of the windscreen replacement companies repair scratches? Thank's in anticipation of your ideas. John.

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If the scratch is minor, and only visible in certain ambient light conditions, there is a possibility that it may polish out, and there are many proprietary DIY kits available. If you have an electric drill, this kit, available on ebay,http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-Windscreen-Scratch-Repair-Kit-Glass-DIY-Remover-/380115564434?pt=UK_Car_Accessories_Car_Care_Cleani ng&hash=item5880a73792
may do the trick. If you don't wish to tackle it yourself, I'm sure that an auto glass specialist will either do the job, or advise that replacement is advisable if they consider it too bad. The DIY approach would be my first stop.........What have you got to lose??? Such a kit may also be readily available from Halfords or another local Motor Factor.

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Thank's Colin, have a peaceful new year. John.

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Peaceful New Year!! That wouldn't be much fun, would it??

Know what you mean though!!

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If you can get hold of some Cerium Oxide paste, that can be used to polish glass, very abrasive.


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How annoying is that - rather like the scratch some silly person gave my car in the car park. Like you it would drive me nuts looking at it. Good luck with the removal. On the subject of wipersmine are poor they smear the windscreen which is okish in daylight but awful in poor weather and for night driving does anyone have similar problem.

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post #7 of 11 Old 12-23-2011, 09:21 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Suzi, my wipers are some of the best I've had on a car, sounds like your's have been damaged, probably before you took delivery, auto wipers in my experience eat blades. I think it's best not to leave them in auto mode, they can activate on a frosty windscreen killing the blades. Try a new set I'm sure it will fix your problem.
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I think some of the smearing is due not only to the brand of screen wash but also to the actual concentration you mix it to.

Who uses what to best effect and with which brand of wiper blades




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Smearing by wiper blades is usually down to some kind of contamination. It may be caused by some kind of localised air pollution, do you live near to a main road, airport or railway line which uses diesel locos? Or some kind of industrial facility? Try taking a piece of Kitchen roll or similar, soaked in neat screen wash fluid and clean your blades with it. Cleaning the screen in a similar manner will remove contaminants from it as well.
As Richard says, always ensure you use a good quality screenwash additive, diluted in accordance with the manufacturers recommendations. With particular attention to the instructions regarding cold weather use. Washing up liquid or plain water will NOT do!
I have had my C-Max since July, and although the blades appear to be in perfect condition, I too, suffer from smearing and poor overall performance. I do not know how old the blades fitted to the vehicle are, or their provenance. I am seriously considering changing them, which would be a shame as they are physically OK and I am very impressed with the wiper sweep pattern which covers a large part of the screen. They are OK for a couple of weeks after cleaning, then return to their smeary ways. I don't live in an area with air pollution problems, so I am wondering if they absorbed some contaminant from wherever the car lived previously.
I have always used good quality blades in the past and the ones I find best are Bosch. Some of the cheaper ones off Ebay, are truly rubbish. I once bought a set of "Retrofit Aero" blades for my Xantia, which looked excellent and performed well up to about 40 MPH. However, over that speed they lifted and twisted, becoming totally useless thereafter. I drove as far as the first garage, and replaced them with standard Bosch ones. Mark that down to experience!

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Thanks all. The screen wash is what was put in as new (which could be anything!) and obviously the blades should not have gone yet. I will try the neat clean and see what happens. The car is garaged when at home,washed weekly andin work car park which is no where near railway and off main road so I don't think the pollution issue relates. I too replaced the wipers on my old astra with bosch and they were excellent. Guess the garage should probably replace at this stage if it turns out to be the wipers. Have to say one of my small criticisims of the car is having to get wipers in service mode when washing rather than just being able to lift them.

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