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how do I keep ice off my wipers?????

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by ommegang, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. ommegang

    ommegang Senior Member
    from wi
    Messages: 100

    We just had a Blizzard which when I started out driving, I actually called and asked: do you really wan't me to drive now? Mind you non-city roads. Part of it was my god damn wipers. I am always getting Ice build-up to the point where it's dangerous. What is the best way to avoid this? I don't want heated wipers either. I will get some Bosch wipers again but, will this prevent ice build-up? It seems like evey time out I have to deal with this from my oem wipers.
     
  2. no lead

    no lead PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,308

    a rubber snow flap will help alot. run the defroster all the time also.
     
  3. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    Everblades and some others make a heated wiper. I run everblades with good results.
     
  4. Ford Guy

    Ford Guy Member
    Messages: 39

    why don't you want heated wipers? I'd never plow snow without them now that i've owned a set of everblades
     
  5. captadamnj

    captadamnj Senior Member
    Messages: 148

    I went the heated washer fluid route, installed the Alphatherm product, super easy to install and super results.

    I had also purchased one of the the frost fighter kits which basically puts defroster strips on your windshield. Have heard excellent results from these, but the heated fluid is working so well this winter that I am not going to install. If anyone wants a FrostFighter 2620 full kit, you can have it for $50 and I will pay for the shipping, NIB (retail is $58.50 + shipping). PM me.
     
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2011
  6. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,028

    Run your fan on high and keep it on just defrost. Your feet will freeze but your wipers will stay better. This is one of the main reasons I hate plowing with pickups. Everblades work well when its snowing but you need a seeing eye dog the rest of the time because the rubber is very hard and they won't clean your window unless they're on.
     
  7. mayhem

    mayhem PlowSite.com Addict
    from Peru MA
    Messages: 1,016

    Just get some winter wiper blades, they're natural rubber so they don't turn to rock when the mercury gets below 10 degrees and the springs and arm are encased in rubber so they won't ice up. Other than that, keep the defroster on and run rainx winter mix windshield washer fluid...the rainx will help keep ice and snow from sticking to the glass and the alcohol in it will help break up whatever does manage to stick.

    I don't even bother with the winter blades anymore, I jsut use the Bosch blades and they work really well for me when combined with the rainx.
     
  8. blogsdon

    blogsdon Member
    Messages: 63

    I bought the rain-ex latitude wipers this year and I am very happy with them. Have not had any problem with snow or Ice. And yes always run with your defrost on high and high heat and leave the window half way down so you don't sweat!!!:)
     
  9. 06Sierra

    06Sierra PlowSite.com Addict
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,328

    X2 for the rain x window wash and bosch, or michelin, wipers. Very minimal icing with the heater mixed on floor/defrost.
     
  10. basher

    basher PlowSite Fanatic
    from 19707
    Messages: 8,990

    They have a new blade/compound that is much improved, though I agree about streaky when they are cold. I run them on all winter then change to the rain-ex in the summer. It's the build up under the blades that are my real issue. Defroster cannot beat it, I tried heater pads, they don't cut it as far as melting snow but do help with having to run the defoggers only. If they are on I can have heat on my feet.
     
  11. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    I run my defrosre on high too
     
  12. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    You guys are doing it backwards, Keep the defroster off and the window stays cold and the snow blows right over the windshield. You can keep the heat on your feet but dont keep it Africa hot in the truck, a side window cracked open helps balance the temp in the cab.
     
  13. pohouse

    pohouse Senior Member
    Messages: 322

    This method works when your driving, but not at slow speeds or stopped.
     
  14. ProSeasons

    ProSeasons Senior Member
    Messages: 624

    Africa Hot. That is awesome! LOL!:D
     
  15. just plow it

    just plow it Senior Member
    Messages: 131

    In the towns I plow for they have self serve car wash bays, Whenever my wipers get to bad I just pull into one and use the hose to melt and clean my wipers. Usually once or twice in a bad storm. The self serve washes always have the water turned on to the wands and have a steady flow [But not under pressure] so they don't freeze, Just pull the trigger and it comes out really well and best of all you don't have to spend $5 for this. I also clean the salt off my headlights with this.
     
  16. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    Really, then your keeping it to hot in the cab, have used that method for years
     
  17. justme-

    justme- 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,138

    Bosch blades will still collect ice, especially in freezing rain. I used to run silicone blades- the rubber would not collect ice but the open frames froze up. Went Bosch and love them- I can just lift and release them out the drivers window to knock the ice off.

    Decided against heated blades myself a few years back. Didn't want to part with the silicone...

    FWIW, I have a discount store near me (Ocean State Job Lot) and have seen at Big Lots do it yourself rear window defroster grid kits... bought one for $7 and will be installing under the wiper park when I get the windshield changed this summer. (been planning to install for 3 years...)

    Also, when I use to plow the Chevy, I could keep it cold enough in the cab your breath would ice the inside of the windshield and the spray would not freeze to the outside, but not my dodge- have to run full defrost almost all the time. I think I have the diverter door problem since my heat is not so hot too)


    -> I can't believe noone has suggested Fluid Film!!:jester:
     
  18. lawnproslawncar

    lawnproslawncar Senior Member
    Messages: 605

    I used the frame-less wiper blades that tire rack sells. I still have to reach out and clean the wiper occasionally but at least when they flex it causes the ice to fall right off. After every lot I grab the scraper and know the ice off the bottom on the windshield.

    It works for me and it's good to get out and stretch.
     
  19. PowersTree

    PowersTree Senior Member
    Messages: 586

    I only run Anco Winter blades. Softer rubber compound, thicker blade, and the frame work is wrapped.

    Not an end all be all, but the best solution Ive found.
     
  20. cwby_ram

    cwby_ram Senior Member
    Messages: 907

    I can tell ya what not to do...
    Don't use a blow torch to melt the ice off. Tried that once. It did melt the ice, just melted the covers on the wipers too!