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Re: Design Flaw - wipers freeze up when driving in cold, wet conditions

No need for decaf. The is the internet. When people challenge you, you have to fly way the hell off the handle. If you don't, you're doing the internet wrong.

I agree that a different style of blades will help here, but I maintain that it's a design flaw that the OEM blades freeze up in this way when they don't on other cars, even other cars made recently by Jeep.
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...The is the internet. When people challenge you, you have to fly way the hell off the handle. If you don't, you're doing the internet wrong...
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Re: Design Flaw - wipers freeze up when driving in cold, wet conditions

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^ Got it, or should I say, don't got what you are experiencing. Even at 5-10F.

Perhaps the suggestions for winter blades, covering your wipers, or flipping them off the glass could help.

Or maybe some DECAF.
I initially misunderstood OP too - I was under impression that snow/ice freezes over the wipers. Now it is clear that rubber itself hardens and has diminished ability to clear the glass. If this is the case I don't see flipping them off the glass or covering them is an option while driving. Winter blades would only be helpful if made from rubber that doesn't harden at low temperature.
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No need for decaf. The is the internet. When people challenge you, you have to fly way the hell off the handle. If you don't, you're doing the internet wrong.

I agree that a different style of blades will help here, but I maintain that it's a design flaw that the OEM blades freeze up in this way when they don't on other cars, even other cars made recently by Jeep.
Its not a design flaw..... its a normal.
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Whats next? your car is using gas instead of water....
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Re: Design Flaw - wipers freeze up when driving in cold, wet conditions

So the arms got covered in ice -- so what? At least the rubber blades didn't freeze up!

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I initially misunderstood OP too - I was under impression that snow/ice freezes over the wipers. Now it is clear that rubber itself hardens and has diminished ability to clear the glass. If this is the case I don't see flipping them off the glass or covering them is an option while driving. Winter blades would only be helpful if made from rubber that doesn't harden at low temperature.
Highly Scientific Tip o' the Day: Cover or flip the wipers up when parking the car overnight or all day in winter conditions.

Works for wimpy or winter wipers. It works in Brooklyn. Drive by the parking lots at any ski mountain anywhere during a snow day and you'll see this technique. It keeps really gnarly snow and ice from collecting on the rubber and overhardening it, then the wipers last longer since snow and ice aren't being banged and scraped off them all the time.

Sheesh! Capiche?

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Re: Design Flaw - wipers freeze up when driving in cold, wet conditions

So you didn't clean your wipers before you drove off?? *snicker*
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Re: Design Flaw - wipers freeze up when driving in cold, wet conditions

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^ Got it, or should I say, don't got what you are experiencing. Even at 5-10F.

Perhaps the suggestions for winter blades, covering your wipers, or flipping them off the glass could help.

Or maybe some DECAF.
Same here... 15 deg and snowing this morning with the windshield freezing instantly if the defroster was turned off.
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Re: Design Flaw - wipers freeze up when driving in cold, wet conditions

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...the only real solution is first physically clearing the windshield and wipers of snow and ice, and then heating the windshield interior. We also either flip the wipers up off the glass, or lay down a cover if the vehicles are going to stay outside in the winter.
You mean you don't have "people" who take care of that for you, Moose?
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You mean you don't have "people" who take care of that for you, Moose?
Nah, my people expect me to clean snow off their car too.

Yes, honey, of course.
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Re: Design Flaw - wipers freeze up when driving in cold, wet conditions

jpsmith - I believe this is a real concern. I'm also amazed at half the comments in this thread; not the people who get the problem, but don't agree with it, but the people who are out in left field. Do people not read before they post? Do they not get it? This is a very painful thread to read at no fault of your own.
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