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.
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.
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.