Originally Posted by lilsallyan
My month old Jeep's windshield has streaks and lines on it. They are all in front of driver side. They don't seem to follow the pattern of the wipers....
So, from probably near day 1 of owning my 2-month old 2012, I've had what I'll call 'splotches' on the windshield that I sometimes notice in the rain when the wiper makes a pass of them, or when using the wiper fluid. Little cloudly spots of different shapes and sizes. Mostly on the driver's side, but a couple tiny ones on the passenger.
When the windshield is clean, it's crystal clear - cannot not see any problem at all.
But making a swipe with a wet wiper sometimes causes the splotches appear for very brief moment. Then once the air dries the thin film of water left behind by the wiper (just a split second at 60 miles an hour), the splotches instantly disappear. At first, I didn't think anything of it, and thought it was just some grease or something that got on the windshield at the factory/dealership. Didn't even bother get around to trying to clean it off. But using a couple cleaners (windex, rubbing alcohol, etc.) hasn't gotten rid of them.
And now that it's finally getting below freezing outside, the splotches are often much more noticeable.
I suspect there's some sort of "micro abrasions" on the glass. Very fine and the defect doesn't show up at all when dry. I think a wet wiper causes a very thin film of water to get caught in the abrasions, and until the air dries the film of water after the swipe, you see the splotches.
I do not think it's a mineral buildup from the rain - I first saw these splotches within the first few days of taking ownwership, and it was fresh from the factory.
Also, and why I'm posting in this thread... I've suddenly just noticed curved streaks like in the OP's pic. Can only see them when the sun is at the horizon and very bright and at just the right angle. Only three or so of them, but they look just like the picture: perfect curves, but the curves don't match the wiper path at all. Each is about 1/4". They also only appear for a moment when a wet wiper passes by. I think I'm only seeing them for the first time because of the cold tempeature outside - because it's ice momentarily forming then drying up after the wiper goes buy.
So, after all that, I'm wondering... did the OP ever get any resolution to this? Has anybody else ever seen/heard anything like this?
I can't see them in my garage; can only see the splots at night (mostly) with oncoming traffic lights. So I'm assuming the worst if/when I approach the dealer.