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Old 12-05-2006, 08:43 PM   #1
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Anybody else have problems with a jumpy rear wiper???

Now that the snow has already come down and caused a major PITA with the roads in the Midwest....what has anybody done to their rear wipers on the ZX3/5 to keep a good sweep pass? Mine chatters even after I've replaced the old blade with a new one. My guess is that there must be something wrong with the tension spring within the arm itself. Any input here would be greatly appreciated. Hell, suggest me to getting a Mazdaspeed 3 wiper, just so I can show this thread to the wife. That way I can justify spending +$30 bucks. I'll just say you all told me so!!!!


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Old 12-05-2006, 10:00 PM   #2
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get a mazdaspeed wiper

never use mine....lol
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Is it missing spots at the top/bottom, or is the whole wiper starting and stopping? The factory motor on mine wore out last summer and I had to replace it...towards the end it would take the wiper 30 seconds to do a full back and forth sweep, it would move a few inches and stop, and then move a few more inches (etc.) until it returned to the home position.
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It's not hesitating at all. It just seems to miss the areas of glass that's in the sweep-at the mounting clip on the top of the wiper arm.
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That sounds like the spring is worn out. Am I right that your problem is caused because the wiper isn't holding itself to the glass correctly?

Try a new blade, unless you already have, in which case you should look for a whole new wiper arm because the spring you need is inside the arm. That would be costly- more than $50 less than $100 as a guess.

If it was me, I'd use RainX on that window. If you follow the directions, it doesn't smear.
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Only rain-x is of limited use on the rear window. While it does make the water bead, since the window isn't constantly being blasted by wind the water tends to just sit there. If you're going to replace the arm I'd suggest going to a Mazda dealer and get the arm from a 3 hatchback and give your car a little Euro flair.
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