My old ones were noisy, so I fitted a new pair which were also a little
noisy at first - but they did after some use go quiet. Grease etc. on the
screen from the road seems to be one of the problems which can cause the
noise, try giving the screen a really good clean.
Are the flapping up and down at a certain point as they clear the screen ?
Are they generic oes or specific for make of vehicle, some vehicles require
special ones which have a curve for the type of vehicle its used on.
Sorry Mr Mainwaring! :-)
I must admit, my car's suffering from a noisy wiper gear and be damned if
I'm going to sort it out in this weather - all eighteen and a half stone of
me could shrink away in this amount of rain!
They make a flappy noise at the end of the travel (and in some cases
squeak and leave deposits of rubber on the screen) because the "angle of
twist" is wrong.
Get in the car and turn the wipers on. Watch them very closely and you
will see that as they change direction at the end of their travel, they
"flip over". They are noisy because they are twisted away from the
vertical such that when they flip one way they hardly move at all and
when they flip the other, it's either an almighty flip (or, if they're
leaving rubber behind, they don't flip at all until they're halfway
across the screen) which makes a lot of noise. You need to watch
carefully and convince yourself of which way to twist them in order to
make the blades more perpendicular to the windscreen, so the amount of
flip is even at each end of the travel.
Get out of the car, grasp the entire blade and arm with both hands and
twist slightly in the appropriate direction. You need strong hands,
because you are effectively twisting the metal of the wiper arm.
Get in and see if it's better or worse. On a dry day, you'll need to
use the washbottle to lubricate the process.
Don't worry that you have not "eliminated" the noise. Wizzy wipers make
some noise at the best of times; Under "normal" circumstances, you don't
Thanks, guys, for all suggestions.
Yes, it was case of gripping the arms and bending them until they exert
just the right amount of pressure on the wipers - enough to skim the
glass, but not so much as to make noisily judder over it!
Thanks very much.