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What rear wiper blade are you using, would like one that keeps contact with the window for a full sweep.
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You can get all of the brands available locally on RockAuto for a fraction of the price.
So just buy yourself a top of the line Bosch Icon or whatever online, for about the same price as you'd pay for the cheapest blade at your local store, and be done with it.
 

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just went down to wallmart and picked up the cheapest one that said it fit my van in their little book

never had any trouble with it not contacting, i've heard of vehicles that have that problem but i'm not sure these vans do
 

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just went down to wallmart and picked up the cheapest one that said it fit my van in their little book

never had any trouble with it not contacting, i've heard of vehicles that have that problem but i'm not sure these vans do
Sometimes cheaper is better.

Those fancy blades often doesn't behave as they should.
 

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just went down to wallmart and picked up the cheapest one that said it fit my van in their little book

never had any trouble with it not contacting, i've heard of vehicles that have that problem but i'm not sure these vans do
OK, what brand is it? I've tried Bosch icon and they don't lay flat!
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OK, what brand is it? I've tried Bosch icon and they don't lay flat!
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Go to a shorter wiper blade, like 16", easier on your motor.

Articulation is important. Some blade types don't articulate well.
 

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What rear wiper blade are you using, would like one that keeps contact with the window for a full sweep.
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You need to take the arm off and lube and free up the pivot hinge for the spring. If you soak it in ATF and then heat it up with a torch and press a candle to the pivot it will coat the contact points with parafin and you won't have that problem anymore - simply soaking it with lube works for 2-6months...
 

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You might also have a worn out wiper arm. The spring in the wiper arm stretches over time, and can provide inadequate pressure such that the wiper blade doesn't fully contour to the glass surface or leaves smears when the wiper blade hydroplanes over the water in certain spots.

The cheaper hinged/jointed style wiper blades should require less force to contour to the shape of the glass than the higher end ones which must be flexed into shape.



$11 for the rear wiper arm on RockAuto if a new blade doesn't fix the problem.
 

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Rear Hatch Wiper - Clean Sweep:
 

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purchased a 19" Rain-X L attitude (beam type), bent the very tip of it more and it contacts the whole window except for maybe 1" from the very top. Reason I went with the larger blade is because I have a rear camera that is being used for my rear view mirror. Since its mounted high, I needed the wiper to wipe higher up and clean the view of the camera.

FYI if the wiper streaks, take a clean wet cloth and wipe the blade to clean it.
 

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You might also have a worn out wiper arm. The spring in the wiper arm stretches over time, and can provide inadequate pressure such that the wiper blade doesn't fully contour to the glass surface or leaves smears when the wiper blade hydroplanes over the water in certain spots.

The cheaper hinged/jointed style wiper blades should require less force to contour to the shape of the glass than the higher end ones which must be flexed into shape.



$11 for the rear wiper arm on RockAuto if a new blade doesn't fix the problem.
Thanks, never thought about the wiper arm! It was dragging a bit so I freed it up and oiled it. This should help, I needed a new blade and have a Rain X latitude on the way.
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Thanks, never thought about the wiper arm! It was dragging a bit so I freed it up and oiled it. This should help, I needed a new blade and have a Rain X latitude on the way.
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That was it, the blade works fine nowThanks
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You need to take the arm off and lube and free up the pivot hinge for the spring. If you soak it in ATF and then heat it up with a torch and press a candle to the pivot it will coat the contact points with parafin and you won't have that problem anymore - simply soaking it with lube works for 2-6months...
That was the problem!
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You might also have a worn out wiper arm. The spring in the wiper arm stretches over time, and can provide inadequate pressure such that the wiper blade doesn't fully contour to the glass surface or leaves smears when the wiper blade hydroplanes over the water in certain spots.

The cheaper hinged/jointed style wiper blades should require less force to contour to the shape of the glass than the higher end ones which must be flexed into shape.



$11 for the rear wiper arm on RockAuto if a new blade doesn't fix the problem.
This is exactly what I have experienced over the years - any lack of contact is a lack of spring tension in the arm combined (in my case, up here in the rust belt) with a dirty/rusty hinge.

As far as blades go, I'm not as picky for what goes back there as long as it's the right length.
 

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I had this same issue years ago. I media blasted the entire arm to remove all the rust and chipping paint, painted it and problem solved. I still like to pray some WD40 on the pivot point before winter to prevent it stiffing up again. Check out this video I did. Skip ahead to 3:53 to see how bad the rear wiper arm was.

 

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Mine has never seen snow or salt, so it was pretty easy fix the issue. All three arms were repainted a couple of years ago.
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I had this same issue years ago. I media blasted the entire arm to remove all the rust and chipping paint, painted it and problem solved. I still like to pray some WD40 on the pivot point before winter to prevent it stiffing up again. Check out this video I did. Skip ahead to 3:53 to see how bad the rear wiper arm was.

You want to use Penetrating Lubricant or a light oil.
WD-40 is not marketed as a lubricant, only as a rust inhibitor and water displacer.
 
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