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Toyota Pickup Windshield Wiper Arm

Answers to Common Toyota Pickup Windshield Wiper Arm Problems

It's raining hard and you have no choice but to watch your car's wiper arm go up and down as the traffic is not moving. Suddenly, you hear a cracking noise or observe that the water is not being wiped effectively. Then you look at the other cars stuck in traffic and see that their wiper arms are half as efficient as yours. Problems with wiper arms are common for drivers; some of which are listed below as well as ways on how to troubleshoot them.

Smearing

A smeared windshield causes a reduced visibility for you while driving and risks damaging the windshield. Also, there is the issue of being visually unattractive on top of the safety concerns. A lot of things in the assembly can cause the smearing: the blades, the tightness of the blades, their size, the wiper fluid you are using, and so on.

If both sides of your car's windshield are smeared, the wiper blades are likely worn out or dirty. Cleaning the blades is easy with a rag and warm water. If this doesn't solve the problem, point your fingers at the wiper fluid you are using.

If only one side of your car's windshield is smeared, blame the weather. We are serious. Smearing in only one direction is commonly caused by cold weather so there is nothing you can do actually but curse the unforgiving Mother Nature. If there is still smearing during warm months, then you've cursed successfully and your car's blades are likely old or wrong. An incompatible wiper arm would cause unequal and disproportional wiping, while a worn out wiper arm would simply fail to do its job. In either case, it is best to get new ones.

Chattering

When you hear noise when you turn on your wipers during a nasty rainfall, do not blame the raindrops. Your Toyota Pickup windshield wiper arm is likely grating against the surface. This event is not only annoying, but it means that water is not being removed properly.

A chattering wiper arm assembly is usually caused by a buildup of wax or oil. If cleaning the blades did not solve the problem, then the wiper arm may be bent. For cases like this, you can choose to straighten it using a hammer. However, we recommend to just go for a replacement because a hammered wiper arm would not be as effective and it may risk scratching the windshield.

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  • How to Take Care of Your Toyota Pickup Windshield Wiper Arm 27 February 2013

    There is a typhoon and you're pushing your Toyota Pickup against the rain and wind. When you're struggling like this to reach the office, what could be the worst thing to have? Second to a boss that chose to take a day off and forced you to work, it would be a broken wiper arm. A faulty Toyota Pickup windshield wiper arm would ensure that you have zero visibility during such a trip. And to think that this could've been easily avoided; here are some ways how:


    Get one of those repellents


    Have you ever heard of those water repellents sold in the market? Get one of those. Water repellents do not magically make rain bounce off of your car's windshield, but it does prevent the water from completely sticking to the windshield.


    Despite sounding very misleading, water and/or rain repellents make the job easier for your Toyota Pickup windshield wiper arm.


    Clean regularly


    The word "regularly" here would depend on how much you care for your vehicle. The best case would be if you always wipe the blades after a drive. Doing so would remove dirt or road grime that may have gotten stuck to the assembly. This can also prevent water, snow, or bird poop that has been wiped from building-up. However, cleaning can be done once a week or once a month, depending on the environment that you drive in.


    Do a biannual checkup.


    Windshield wipers typically last for only six months. This time period can even be shorter if you drive in harsh weather conditions or your car went through snow/rain pandemonium. It is best to inspect the wiper arm assembly (including the blades and the motor) twice a year for any damage or signs of wearing. Minor problems with the wiper can be ignored, but we recommend that you get a replacement as soon as possible; leaving a slightly damaged or slightly worn wiper risk damaging the windshield. Also, you wouldn't want to drive through a rain or snow with a wiper that is in the brink of falling apart.