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    Thanks to this forum the last remaining niggle I have with my 05 1.9TDCi SRI is smearing wiper blades.

    I have had the car for 4 years and have never managed to shift this problem for any great length of time.

    I have:-

    1. Changed my blades (currently Bosch and checked in good condition)
    2. Cleaned the windscreen and blades multiple times
    3. As number 2 but with vinegar (good short term results)
    4. Had dealer use industrial (?) de-greaser and clean (good short term results)

    Basically anything I seem to try gives a quick fix that may last up to a week. After this the smearing always returns and always seems to be right in the drivers direct field of vision. Which is both annoying and potentially dangerous. Because of the duration and lack of permanent cure I thought this may be a common problem on the Vectra. However, having searched through the forums i can't find this mentioned anywhere else?

    Does any one else suffer from this? Does anyone have a good permanent fix?!?!

    Any help or advice is much appreciated!

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    If you used degreaser/vinegar and it worked for a short time, that would tend to prove that there is nothing wrong with the wipers.

    More likely it is down to where you park. Do you regularly park under trees or next to bushes? Do you park near an industrial estate?

    Any number of things could be depositing fine crap over your windscreen which is then getting on the blades and causing the eventual smeering.

    Just my opinion, but seems logical, as i had a similar thing a few years ago and traced it to a company round the corner burning crap near my car

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    Waterboy,
    Thanks for your response, much appreciated.
    I've actually moved house a few times since I've been getting this problem so I don't think it's anything in the area. The car is currently parked in a residential, covered off street car park.
    The time scales that I supplied could be a wee bit misleading as I don't use the car everyday. It just seems that after I try to remedy the situation it works for a short while before reverting back to smearing the windscreen.
    I've been wondering lately if there is something mechanical you can adjust to improve the contact of the blade to the windscreen?

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    I've recently changed to using the genuine VX flatblades and they seem to have a better contact than normal wipers.

    Other than maybe swap out the wiper springs for stronger ones, I don't think theres any way the alter the pressure on wiper/screen. Hey, you never know, it may be that your drivers wiper spring has become weak

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    Obvious questions, what screenwash (if any) do you use? What do you normally use to wash your car?


    I have had smearing with all the cars I've had, at some point and it has usually been down to the detergent / wax used to wash the car. I usually use the car wash, so don't have control on what they use.

    A good fix if fairy liquid and the scourer from the normal pot washing sponge (don't tell the wife). I don't rub hard, but it has usually cured the problem until I use wax based products on the windscreen. I also give the wiper blades a clean on the contact surface too.

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    Ste,
    To be fair I've been living in a flat with no access to an outside tap for the last couple of years (excuses, excuses!) so I've been pretty much using Car Washes as well.
    I'll give the fairy liquid on the windscreen a try and see how I get on!
    From my experience the best fix that I found to date that gave me the most time between smearing was cleaning my blades with vinegar

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    might be the wipe ARMS? may have been bent slightly and not putting enough presure onto the screen? just a thought?

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    Craig,

    I'll check out the wiper arms.
    All suggestions much appreciated.
    This one has been annoying the hell out of me for a long time!

    Many thanks!

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    I have the exact same problem with the drivers side wiper, and they are brand new so you are not the only one mate

    Ive given up with it tbh lol, got used to it and its really the least of my worrys at the mo with everything going wrong all at once :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuddy View Post
    I have the exact same problem with the drivers side wiper, and they are brand new so you are not the only one mate

    Ive given up with it tbh lol, got used to it and its really the least of my worrys at the mo with everything going wrong all at once :/
    Wipers can smear if the blades don't sit at 90 degrees to the screen. I had one that smeared despite all my attempts at cleaning the blade and the screen. It would be OK after a good clean but soon start smearing again. The garage gave the wiper arm (the top part that's just a thick-ish strip of metal) a very small twist with an adjustable wrench to correct the angle of the blade and the windscreen and it was fine ever after.

    I'd recommend an old cloth in the jaws of the wrench - the garage didn't and damaged the paint on the wiper arm.

    As someone said earlier, it may also be the arms not putting enough pressure on the blades, but I'd check the angle first. Improving the pressure is done on the same part of the wiper arms but bending them back towards the windscreen and using your hands rather than any tools.

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