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post #1 of 30 Old 12-22-2008, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Defrost / wipers

Does anyone else that lives where it gets cold out think the wipers and defrost suck?

One thing I noticed is that it doesnt take very long for the wipers to ice up and not work good when driving in the snow.
If the wipers actually stopped higher up on the windshield they might actually get some heat and not ice up like they do on every other car or truck Ive owned!
The other thing that sucks is that the defrost is just in the middle of the dash. The sides of My windshield, and side windows stay frosty when its really cold out.

I think its kind of lame that the defrost and wipers in My 1993 YJ worked better than My new JK!!
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post #2 of 30 Old 12-22-2008, 07:15 PM
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No problem with the wipers yet, but it is actually cold down in Cincinnati right now - running in to the same problem with the defrost.

Yours looks good with the Airrock BTW.


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You are not alone with your views on the defrost and location of the wipers.

I live in Canada where we understand cold weather. Don't like it, but understand and have to deal with it. My '85 CJ had the same problem.

In a major snow storm, you had to either stop every once in a while; get out and scrape the ice and snow off the drivers side by the windshield pillar; then bounce the wipers against the windshield to get the ice off them or ... carry a long snow brush and reach out the driver's door window and try to knock the ice and snow off the windscreen all while trying to miss the wipers as they swung by. I really think this was the start of the "Jeep Wave" thing.

My '08 JK Unlimited isn't much better. Just found that out while we got dumped with 12" of snow the other day. As they say...it's a Jeep thing; ya gotta luve it.

Guess the rocket scientists at Jeep thought we tuffies should drop the windshield during a snow/ice storm. Interesting idea...bad solution.
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it hardly gets cold here, much less snows.

but I ran into the sides of the windshield not defrosting issue. I took a hat/cap and placed it on the defrost vent so that it diverted some of the air to the left in front of the driver.

also, I have had a HotShot from microheat (http://www.microheat.com/) for a few years and never put it on anything. I've thought about adding it to the JK as it seems to be a good candidate for it.
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Well, Im glad Im not the only one with this problem!

That hot shot heated washer fluid is cool! I wonder if it would help melt the ice off the wipers when driving?
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it hardly gets cold here, much less snows.

but I ran into the sides of the windshield not defrosting issue. I took a hat/cap and placed it on the defrost vent so that it diverted some of the air to the left in front of the driver.

also, I have had a HotShot from microheat (http://www.microheat.com/) for a few years and never put it on anything. I've thought about adding it to the JK as it seems to be a good candidate for it.
I think you should send it to someone who needs it more where it snows. Say someone in Colorado
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i agree the defoster blows and not in a hot, ice melting way.and the wipers keep getting frozen up. i wish it had a "winter" setting like my old subuaru XT6 did, when you had the wiper in winter mode it did go all the way down and stayed right above the defroster. damn that thing was a 89 and it had better features than my jeep does

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I think you should send it to someone who needs it more where it snows. Say someone in Colorado
naah. Alan pissed me off when I saw pics of his shop, so I wouldn't send it to him
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I’m in Michigan and thought it would be worse then it was, we just had a bunch of snow and weather around 0F a few days ago. The heater being really hot helps. Initially I was thinking of shortening the stroke and re-indexing the wipers so it sits on the windshield where the defroster blows. I was also thinking of redirecting defrost to the sides or possibly adding a stick-on heated grid, similar to the rear window but just on the edges.
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Works fine here....4 months in Maine's worst winter last year proves that the only thing that works right on a JK is the heater and defroster.
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Works fine here....4 months in Maine's worst winter last year proves that the only thing that works right on a JK is the heater and defroster.
you should trade it in for a TJ. now.
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you should trade it in for a TJ. now.
Nope...have my eye on another Land Rover
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i wish it had a "winter" setting like my old subuaru XT6 did, when you had the wiper in winter mode it did go all the way down and stayed right above the defroster.
That's frickin' cool! ...ah, I mean warm.

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Please tell me it's a Series II so I can laugh at you. Misery loves company you know!!!
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That's frickin' cool! ...ah, I mean warm.


Please tell me it's a Series II so I can laugh at you. Misery loves company you know!!!
Actually ashley, I'm searching for a 2 door Defender that essentially is like new in condition and with very low miles...in other words, never used or abused....got any leads?
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those seem like a decent idea but $100???? yikes.
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Another monumental waste of duckets
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thats not that bad, a monumental waste was todays ceremony to bring president butt nut into office
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Somebody has their head screwed on tight.
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http://www.hamsar.com/

Check out their wiper system
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my girl would love that but not on her wipers.
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I got a be-atch about wipers.... Rear washer hose comes off and soaks the inside of the Heep. Why? Why does this happen? Stupid washer hose!!
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I got a be-atch about wipers.... Rear washer hose comes off and soaks the inside of the Heep. Why? Why does this happen? Stupid washer hose!!
A Ziptie may do the trick..
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I noticed the wipers icing and the defroster not reaching the whole windshield this week for the first time...the defroster is not horrible on mine, but I was dissappointed in the wipers a bit...

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I got silicone wipers from Silblade, they work a bit better but id still seek another alternative
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