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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-14-2013, 07:42 PM Thread Starter
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wiper freezing up

had first snow today and the new FXT was amazing on the snow covered road however I couldn't say the same about the windshield wipers. during slow traffic the snow/water started to collect and freeze onto the windshield wipers.
on my other cars the wipers rest at some where near the front windshield air vent so the hot air can keep it from ice up in most cases but the FXT wipers rest well below the vent so I can't use the hot air to keep the ice off the wipers.
anything I can do to prevent the wipers freeze up during driving?
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Doesn't the car have a heated windshield?

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Had to pullover and scrape the wipers 5 time tonight, could have sworn they said It had heated wipers, guess not.


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Yea, the premium model doesn't have the all weather package option so there's not heated windshield.
it kind of sucks that it's not an simply option to add to all trim levels, it's always part of a package, either you have it all or nothing at all.
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I'm in a touring and my wipers were freezing. My heated mirrors/rear window button also heats the windshield?


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You may want to invest in some winter blades.

These things were great when I lived in Tahoe:
Amazon.com: ANCO 30-13 Winter Wiper Blade - 13", (Pack of 1): Automotive Amazon.com: ANCO 30-13 Winter Wiper Blade - 13", (Pack of 1): Automotive
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I'm in a touring and my wipers were freezing. My heated mirrors/rear window button also heats the windshield?]
In my 04 they are separate buttons, not sure about the newer models.
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Spray the wipers down with some silicone spray lubricant(take them off or protect the car) and let it dry, then enjoy.

Works great to keep snow, ice from building up on the wipers, wheels(avoid the brakes, though a couple of stops will take care of any that does hit them), wheel wells, mudflaps, suspension....

Also works well to keep your snowblower from clogging up.

You have to coat everything while it is dry(doesn't work as well wet but does), let it dry, you'll know when it does, a few minutes. Lasts for I'd say 2-4 weeks and than repeat.

It's also impossible to over do it.

Been doing it for going on 20 years with no issues, I even have a neighbor who is a HVAC service tech for a large company. Gave him the tip one winter, he used it, loved it, spread the word and it is now part of the their routine when vehicles go into the shop.


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Spray the wipers down with some silicone spray lubricant(take them off or protect the car) and let it dry, then enjoy.

Works great to keep snow, ice from building up on the wipers, wheels(avoid the brakes, though a couple of stops will take care of any that does hit them), wheel wells, mudflaps, suspension....

Also works well to keep your snowblower from clogging up.

You have to coat everything while it is dry(doesn't work as well wet but does), let it dry, you'll know when it does, a few minutes. Lasts for I'd say 2-4 weeks and than repeat.

It's also impossible to over do it.

Been doing it for going on 20 years with no issues, I even have a neighbor who is a HVAC service tech for a large company. Gave him the tip one winter, he used it, loved it, spread the word and it is now part of the their routine when vehicles go into the shop.

Thanks man, will look into it.
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You may want to invest in some winter blades.

These things were great when I lived in Tahoe: Amazon.com: ANCO 30-13 Winter Wiper Blade - 13", (Pack of 1): Automotive
Thanks, I'll take a look at that too.
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I had the same issue last night.


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I'm in a touring and my wipers were freezing. My heated mirrors/rear window button also heats the windshield?
YES!

If you want the windshield wiper de-icer to be on, you have to have the mirror and rear window defrost on. This is referred to as the "de-icing" system while the defrosting system is ventilation.

It is also worth noting that the automatic shutoff timer for the de-icer can be turned on or off in the MFD menus.

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Sucks it's freezing up! All weather package FTW. Rain x helps from having stuff build up on the windshield. I'm in ATL though and we don't exactly know what snow is. Lol
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Those of us who drive in winter weathe for decades know the drill:

Run the inter of the car as hot as possible...or...Put the defrost on with lots of heat. But above all do not run the wipers constantly. Run them in the delay mode..or even not at all.

Alternately..put no heat in the interior of the vehicle.

I'll have to try the silicon spray..thanks.

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