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Evening, fellow Corolla-land members..

Has anyone had issues with the wipers on a 2007 toyota corolla LE chattering across the windshield even when the glass is clean? I first thought it was the wiper inserts, so i replaced them, but it didn't help. If I depress the windshield washer fluid and let the wipers wipe that way, it is very smooth and glides across with no problem; however, once the washer fluid goes away, and it is raining regularly, the wipers go back to their normal chattering..I have tried using rubbing alcohol, simple green, but to no avail. I saw a listing for the following.. http://www.5starshine.com/info-windshield-...-treatment.html. I thought about ordering these, but still maybe I need to replace the whole blade, not just the inserts. Any suggestions? Thanks!

 

Craig, Austin TX

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Evening, fellow Corolla-land members..

Has anyone had issues with the wipers on a 2007 toyota corolla LE chattering across the windshield even when the glass is clean? I first thought it was the wiper inserts, so i replaced them, but it didn't help. If I depress the windshield washer fluid and let the wipers wipe that way, it is very smooth and glides across with no problem; however, once the washer fluid goes away, and it is raining regularly, the wipers go back to their normal chattering..I have tried using rubbing alcohol, simple green, but to no avail. I saw a listing for the following.. http://www.5starshine.com/info-windshield-...-treatment.html. I thought about ordering these, but still maybe I need to replace the whole blade, not just the inserts. Any suggestions? Thanks!

 

Craig, Austin TX

 

OEM wipers are not the best quality. Remember that things like wiper blades are only warrantied for 12 months after the in service date. Auto makers think differently than you do when it comes to your car. They say, "Why spend a lot of money on something so it will last a long time when most any cheap blade will get you at least a year of service?" You want something that lasts a long time and is still a good value.

 

Chattering wiper blades almost always chatter because the tensioning bars on the wiper are loose and therefore no longer capable of holding the wiper blade to the windshield well. There is no way to tighten them, so when they start to do this, they need replacement. A good wiper blade is that BOSCH blade that has no tensioning bars but rather a continuous tensioning spine. I put them on my Solara 3 days after I bought it and they still work incredibly. My blades are the ICON models, but evolution model is the same just with a slightly different bracket. Either will work for your Corolla.

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I have heard wipers chatter when the windshield does not have enough water to make it glide.

Probably common and should not affect operation.

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Craig,

 

www.silblade.com

 

They will be the last wipers you will buy and SilBlade guarantees them for 5 years.

 

I have had a pair on my jeep for about 3 years and they have no cracks and do not chatter during full rain (every other pair I have had on this vehicle has always chattered). They are not made of rubber like most other blades. Last year I put a set of these on my wife's 'Rolla and they still work flawlessly.

 

 

You guys must be getting a ton of rain like we have here.....it has rained every day this week!

 

Jeremy

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When that happens to me Ive found that waxing my windshield helps since it makes the surface slippery and with zaino z2 wax it lasts a good while before needing to apply more, say a month or so.

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Craig,

 

www.silblade.com

 

They will be the last wipers you will buy and SilBlade guarantees them for 5 years.

 

I have had a pair on my jeep for about 3 years and they have no cracks and do not chatter during full rain (every other pair I have had on this vehicle has always chattered). They are not made of rubber like most other blades. Last year I put a set of these on my wife's 'Rolla and they still work flawlessly.

 

 

You guys must be getting a ton of rain like we have here.....it has rained every day this week!

 

Jeremy

What are they made of??

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Evening, fellow Corolla-land members..

Has anyone had issues with the wipers on a 2007 toyota corolla LE chattering across the windshield even when the glass is clean? I first thought it was the wiper inserts, so i replaced them, but it didn't help. If I depress the windshield washer fluid and let the wipers wipe that way, it is very smooth and glides across with no problem; however, once the washer fluid goes away, and it is raining regularly, the wipers go back to their normal chattering..I have tried using rubbing alcohol, simple green, but to no avail. I saw a listing for the following.. http://www.5starshine.com/info-windshield-...-treatment.html. I thought about ordering these, but still maybe I need to replace the whole blade, not just the inserts. Any suggestions? Thanks!

 

Craig, Austin TX

 

OEM wipers are not the best quality. Remember that things like wiper blades are only warrantied for 12 months after the in service date. Auto makers think differently than you do when it comes to your car. They say, "Why spend a lot of money on something so it will last a long time when most any cheap blade will get you at least a year of service?" You want something that lasts a long time and is still a good value.

 

Chattering wiper blades almost always chatter because the tensioning bars on the wiper are loose and therefore no longer capable of holding the wiper blade to the windshield well. There is no way to tighten them, so when they start to do this, they need replacement. A good wiper blade is that BOSCH blade that has no tensioning bars but rather a continuous tensioning spine. I put them on my Solara 3 days after I bought it and they still work incredibly. My blades are the ICON models, but evolution model is the same just with a slightly different bracket. Either will work for your Corolla.

 

 

Thanks for the info about the different aftermarket wipers. I had the dealer test it out and they said the tensioning was fine with both wipers and tested using water in their shop and they couldn't repeat what i saw, anyway, I still think it's the windshield itself 'cause the wipers do not chatter when i depress the windshield washer, so that tells me that the windshield itself has something on it that is embedded deep inside that it's almost impossible to get out. I saw the comment about using methylated spirits on it or even 0000 steel wool but haven't..even the GOO GONE some say may work. I tried that but to no avail. Thanks again for everyone's feedback. I'm sure I will find a solution soon.

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Do you park it under a tree?

Maybe it has tree sap on it?

 

 

Yes, I work downtown Austin and do park under trees. It did get tree sap on it and i think that may be it, so I guess I am trying to get that off. I heard that a claybar or BonAmi product may help? Some say spraying the hinges with WD40 may help but it's an '07, it shouldn't need that..still searching..

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Do you park it under a tree?

Maybe it has tree sap on it?

 

 

Yes, I work downtown Austin and do park under trees. It did get tree sap on it and i think that may be it, so I guess I am trying to get that off. I heard that a claybar or BonAmi product may help? Some say spraying the hinges with WD40 may help but it's an '07, it shouldn't need that..still searching..

I think if you can get the windshield perfectly clean of all tree residue, then the wipers will stop chattering.

What hinges would you spray with WD-40?? Would that be on the wiper arms??

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Thanks for the info about the different aftermarket wipers. I had the dealer test it out and they said the tensioning was fine with both wipers and tested using water in their shop and they couldn't repeat what i saw.

 

You're welcome for the info, but I think that you're getting screwed by your dealer. It sounds to me like you got the "I don't want to work on it, so I'll just say I can't replicate the problem".

 

Firstly there is no tensioning test for wipers, and since your wiper blade frames are more than a year old, I'd say they are shot. The wipers started chattering at 6 months of age on my '05 and when I changed them to BOSCH blades, the chattering was gone.

 

If you trust your dealer, then continue to look for something else as the problem, but let me tell you something about dealers: They are out to make money, not out to keep you satisfied. When you bring your car in for a trivial problem and they can't immediately find the cause and fix it, they stop trying. You have to realize that on warranty claims they can only bill Toyota for so many hours for a certain problem. Toyota has a book that says if the car has chattering wipers, you will get paid for a half hour's work or whatever. If they can't fix it in that amount of time, they have to eat the cost of the extra hours because Toyota doesn't allow them to bill you for a warranty repair. It is a losing proposition for them and that is why problems like yours often go unsolved.

 

This isn't just true of Toyota dealers, but Ford, GM, Chrysler and Honda dealers as well. My aunt owns a 2005 Accord that makes a terrible rattling sound at 70 mph. It comes from the drivers side front corner of the car near where the A pillar meets the fender. It also rattles at lower speeds when there is a crosswind. She has taken it to the dealer twice and they can't replicate the problem even though it happens every time you drive the car on the freeway. She had me look at it last week and within 5 minutes, I found a loose piece of trim on the windshield. Sure enough, When I taped the trim down and took the car on the freeway, the noise stopped. She took it back to them, told them what was wrong with it and as soon as they re-glued the trim, the noise stopped. Had I not found the problem, she would still be living with a rattle.

 

If your dealer can't replicate the problem again, I'd just buy new wipers, clean the windshield thoroughly and see what happens.

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Dealers do not want to do the warranty work.

They make their money on new car sales and also on labor and parts for repairs.

The best way to fix problems is to learn to do it yourself (DIY).

It will give you confidence and help to reduce dependency on dealer support.

It might also save you some money (not always).

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Thanks for the info about the different aftermarket wipers. I had the dealer test it out and they said the tensioning was fine with both wipers and tested using water in their shop and they couldn't repeat what i saw.

 

You're welcome for the info, but I think that you're getting screwed by your dealer. It sounds to me like you got the "I don't want to work on it, so I'll just say I can't replicate the problem".

 

Firstly there is no tensioning test for wipers, and since your wiper blade frames are more than a year old, I'd say they are shot. The wipers started chattering at 6 months of age on my '05 and when I changed them to BOSCH blades, the chattering was gone.

 

If you trust your dealer, then continue to look for something else as the problem, but let me tell you something about dealers: They are out to make money, not out to keep you satisfied. When you bring your car in for a trivial problem and they can't immediately find the cause and fix it, they stop trying. You have to realize that on warranty claims they can only bill Toyota for so many hours for a certain problem. Toyota has a book that says if the car has chattering wipers, you will get paid for a half hour's work or whatever. If they can't fix it in that amount of time, they have to eat the cost of the extra hours because Toyota doesn't allow them to bill you for a warranty repair. It is a losing proposition for them and that is why problems like yours often go unsolved.

 

This isn't just true of Toyota dealers, but Ford, GM, Chrysler and Honda dealers as well. My aunt owns a 2005 Accord that makes a terrible rattling sound at 70 mph. It comes from the drivers side front corner of the car near where the A pillar meets the fender. It also rattles at lower speeds when there is a crosswind. She has taken it to the dealer twice and they can't replicate the problem even though it happens every time you drive the car on the freeway. She had me look at it last week and within 5 minutes, I found a loose piece of trim on the windshield. Sure enough, When I taped the trim down and took the car on the freeway, the noise stopped. She took it back to them, told them what was wrong with it and as soon as they re-glued the trim, the noise stopped. Had I not found the problem, she would still be living with a rattle.

 

If your dealer can't replicate the problem again, I'd just buy new wipers, clean the windshield thoroughly and see what happens.

 

Great, advice, I may just go ahead and replace the blades, but definitely clean the windshield thoroughly. I have got this film that seems to really stand out in the sunlight, looks like hard water permanent stain or tree sap, but I will clean that first. Funny that you mention the wind rattle/noise because I also have a noise that comes about only when there is heavy wind/crosswinds, but haven't been able to find it yet. I'm still searching for that; otherwise, my car has about 45,500 miles and running good.

 

I saw an article from consumer reports and I believe still one of the compliants from all consumers is wind noise/rattles.

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