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Preserving windscreen wipers in the heat
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userplwsm2000
Posted: 1 July 2018 5:20 PM
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This tip I learnt from a fellow motorhomer while in France -
Put a cork between your windscreen and the wiper blade to lift the rubber off the glass when parked up. This stops the rubber taking the form of the glass curvature and so doesn't give bands across the screen when it's raining.

Only problem is finding two wine corks in France!
userTracker
Posted: 1 July 2018 6:40 PM
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I just gave our two corks away!!

They also work well during the winter to prevent the wipers freezing to the glass.

Edited by Tracker 2018-07-01 6:41 PM
usermalc d
Posted: 1 July 2018 10:05 PM
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Four plastic corks are best - two under each blade.

Shave a bit off each side and glue two together.

We've been using the same ones all year for about ten years.

Edited by malc d 2018-07-01 10:09 PM
userTracker
Posted: 1 July 2018 10:51 PM
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I placed the corks under the wiper arms not the blades, this lifts the blades clear of the glass without marking or distorting them.

If no corks handy, any old bit of wood can be used to do the same job!

Edited by Tracker 2018-07-01 10:52 PM
usermalc d
Posted: 2 July 2018 9:24 AM
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Here's mine ( if I can load the pic ) ;




( Nope ! Wouldn't load - problem with my computer )



Edited by malc d 2018-07-02 9:27 AM
userJaveaSteve
Posted: 22 September 2018 6:03 PM
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I use foam pipe insulation cut to the length of the wiper blade, keeps the Blade protected from the sun as well as keeping the blade off the glass.
userPaul-
Posted: 22 September 2018 7:55 PM
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I fit a silver frost protector over windscreen and shut the doors to hold it in place, it keeps the car cooler and it also protect the dash cam, and I've not had a frozen windscreen all summer :)
userfjmike
Posted: 12 October 2018 5:39 PM
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If using corks, best to put a pin or nail in the side as the corks are just the right size to jam into the skuttle drain and you will struggle to get them out
userDerek Uzzell
Posted: 14 October 2018 10:41 AM
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Yes, that’s a real risk with the cork ploy...

There are on-line suggestions about this and most advise using the pipe insulation method JaveaSteve mentions above.
userplwsm2000
Posted: 16 October 2018 10:35 AM
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... or use a champagne cork!
(or better still, an english sparkling wine cork)
userGeeco
Posted: 24 October 2018 4:00 AM
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As an aside, in a former life I worked with a company that manufactured windscreen wipers. We would always know when the first after summmer (read dry season) rains fell in the west of the country. Sales would show a dramatic increase due to the wiper rubber being stuck to the screen from the constant high heat, the first wipe would tear the crisp edge off the rubber. It is interesting that in this age of electronics no one has to my knowledge designed a better wiper system. Cheers,
userbigalw35
Posted: 25 November 2018 11:13 AM
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I've got the Mercedes Hymer B680, which has 3 wiper blades, so my solution was to cut 3 pieces of plastic water pipe about 25mm dia and 50mm in length thread them together with a piece of string and place between the wiper ARM and screen, perfect for the heat or the cold
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