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Old 12-21-2008, 01:52 PM   #1
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Can't keep the ice off of my wiperblades

My jeep despises the cold. I have been in oregon as long as I have had it but went home to Montana for the holidays and it is about -5 here constantly with a foot of snow. And the heep loves the snow but hates the cold. It has trouble starting in the morning and can't keep the ice from building up on the windsheild. My wiper blades get crusted with ice and become worthless... Does anyone else have this trouble?

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Old 12-21-2008, 01:56 PM   #2
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when you park your jeep pull the wiper blades away from the windshield when its snowing or raining, this way they don't build up ice.

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Old 12-21-2008, 02:41 PM   #3
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If you are talking about ice build up while driving in snow here is my trick. DO NOT use the defroster, you need to keep the windshield as cold as possible to keep the snow from melting. Once the snow melts the cold air freezes it on the wipers. I even keep the heat down very low and wear warm coat and gloves. I just spent 3 hours coming home on Frday in the storm here in northern NJ and watched many cars over on the shoulder clearing their wipers and I never had to stop once. Most people think I am nuts but try it.
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I used the deicing washer fluid to get ice off my windshield and it seemed to help my wipers. Its worth a shot.
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Old 12-21-2008, 03:58 PM   #5
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You could try a heated blade if you're that desperate. Google it, there are a few companies making them. Heres a link to the first one I pulled up on google Everblades Home
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Old 12-21-2008, 04:27 PM   #6
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some sort of deicing fluid should work. like what they spray on airplanes or something. i live in south GA so this is no problem. but they may make something that you can put into your washer fluid like coyoter mentioned
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:06 PM   #7
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Do you have the solid winter blades ? they do make a difference, I swap all 4 jeeps in November, pull the open blades off, replace the inserts with new ones and slap the winter blades on.
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:34 PM   #8
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x2 with the deicing washer fluid, i use it and have no issues.
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Old 12-21-2008, 05:40 PM   #9
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If you are talking about ice build up while driving in snow here is my trick. DO NOT use the defroster, you need to keep the windshield as cold as possible to keep the snow from melting. Once the snow melts the cold air freezes it on the wipers. I even keep the heat down very low and wear warm coat and gloves. I just spent 3 hours coming home on Frday in the storm here in northern NJ and watched many cars over on the shoulder clearing their wipers and I never had to stop once. Most people think I am nuts but try it.
We are getting a good old Maine Northeaster today, so I had a chance to try this and it works. Thanks.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:08 PM   #10
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I have the same issue. The only thing I found that worked was buying those winter wipers that have the boot around the frame. I don't know why it works but it does. Keeping the inside of the Jeep cold sounds like it would be cheaper though.
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Old 12-21-2008, 06:37 PM   #11
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I use the de-ice washer fluid. Works like a champ. That "keep it cooler inside" thing.....not so much in my opinion. I am from Texas living in New York (military mover) and I like it warm inside. De-icer works great. No problems in my Jeep or in my RAM.
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Old 12-21-2008, 07:41 PM   #12
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I have lived in Northern NJ all my 58 years and have used my trick for a long long time, in fact my yj heater broke in 2002 and I never fixed it, didn't use it much anyway.
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Ya, I'm fond of the heat too. Go with the de-icer man.
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Old 12-22-2008, 05:52 AM   #14
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I would go with the DeIcer too. I live in North Dakota so i know what your talking about. I have also had the winter blades and those work well too. There not real expensive. maybe a couple bucks more then the originals. As for hard starting, Do you have 5w30 in for oil? I switch to 5w30 in the winter since the temps are mostly below 0 and it does help alot when starting the engine.
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:43 PM   #15
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I love the jeep in the snow. It seams to hate the cold. I like using the deicer it works good at clearing the windshield.
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:58 PM   #16
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When airplanes have to de-ice the leading edge of the wings some use isopropyl alchohol you could throw some of that in your "bug juice" resevoir
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:08 AM   #17
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where the hell do you people find your wiper blades? I could not find 13" blades anywhere. I had to get the cheaper ones which work okay but still suk. if you want to use the windshield defroster it has to be either cold or very very hot, not in between. Otherwise you get snow buildup just like atthehop from post 3 said.
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Old 12-24-2008, 01:23 AM   #18
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I just run the wiper blade as hard as it can go for like 3 swipes and then turn it back down. Do that about every 5 mins and it keeps mine clean.
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Old 12-24-2008, 08:18 AM   #19
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I ordered my winter blades directly from Amsoil when I ordered fluids. They had a rebate.
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Old 12-24-2008, 08:55 AM   #20
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Wow!, $25+ for each blade. I will keep the heat/defroster off and spend the savings on a couple more cases of good beer.

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