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nickferr
11-21-2004, 09:19 PM
Any solutions? I have turned the sensitivity all the way down to make sure the windshield is nice and wet when the wipers decide to wipe - still squeeeeek. There has got to be a nice, easy home remedy for this.

Nick

M.Wong
11-21-2004, 10:44 PM
Chatter. Will drive ya nuts, huh? The dealer tried to align the blade on my E38 so it sat correctly, but that didn't help much. I tried Bon Ami to clean the glass, RainX, RainX glass polish, Stonerís Invisible Glass cleaner, Windex, vinegar/water, new OEM windshield, new inserts, new blades, new arms, P21S windshield washer boost. After months, I finally got rid of it with a PIAA silicone wiper blade from BavAuto.com or AutoBarn.com (who sells them complete, and the harder to find replacement insert alone.)

Link:
PIAA blades (http://www.piaa.com/WiperBlades/WiperBlades.html)

I went with the PIAA Sporza as it has a small fin on the blade so it looks similar to the OE. In my situation, only the driver's side made noise, and the passenger PIAA was a bit too long so it would click when it reached the end of the swipe. So I have driver's side PIAA Sporza, passenger side OEM. You can see they are not a perfect match, but close enough that people don't notice.
http://members.roadfly.org/mwong/PIAA.JPG

http://www.stylincompacts.com/_cache/4d9b15332636dc114dfa3253880193ce.jpg

Excuse/reason for the chatter is typically given as the soft glass BMW uses, gets pitted enough to hold the oils, etc. though is not so pitted that you can't see clearly.

Steve D
11-22-2004, 06:21 AM
When my wipers chatter I wipe them down with a rag soaked in silicone spray and then work a very small amount of silicone grease into the edges. Just a thin film on my fingers and rubbed into the edge. Then I let them set an hour or so and wipe them with a soft rag.

This always eliminates the chatter and skipping for 3-4 months or so. Then repeat. I do this 3-4 times before replacing them.

Steve D