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Old 7th January 2008, 20:25   #1
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Default Why to fold the Wiper up, when parking

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I have seen many cars parked with the Wipers folded up. Is there any advantage of this practice ( other than during washing). Will it help in any way to improve the life of wiper blades.

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Old 7th January 2008, 21:25   #2
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Never seen Wipers folded up on any car except those being washed. I heard only to ensure using wipers when there is proper moisture/water on the windshield which will help in improving the life of wiper blades. To a layman, it means having sufficient water in the windshield water reservoir.
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coz its in contact with the windshield and hence damages the rubber when its a hot day as its in touch with hot glass.

Have seen lot of people doing it. Is it necessary?
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Maybe they'd just finished washing and it was left like that to dry and U saw it.
@jk: The wipers are black in colour and the windshield is transparent(unless u've got sun film at the wiper contact area). Trust me, the wiper is anyways absorbing a lot more heat than the glass.
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Maybe they'd just finished washing and it was left like that to dry and U saw it.
@jk: The wipers are black in colour and the windshield is transparent(unless u've got sun film at the wiper contact area). Trust me, the wiper is anyways absorbing a lot more heat than the glass.
Thanks Nitrous. Had to clear this doubt.

Another explanation; maybe its a 'male' car.
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Old 7th January 2008, 22:04   #6
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When I visted the maruti Yard of Bimal, they had all the cars wipers folded up. The reason they gave is, due to hot sun, the rubber may melt and get stuck with the glass.
I was convinced with the answer. but now little confused.
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Another explanation; maybe its a 'male' car.


Too good hai......

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Old 7th January 2008, 22:50   #8
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Its for drying after washing or cleaning. As for rubber sticking to glass its hogwash. If that were the case, we would have so many cases of rubber sticking to glass
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maybe its to avoid the accumulation of dust on top of the wiper while its parked.

@jkdas - has your comment got anything to with your recent change in status????
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well basically owners of the cars hire cleaners to clean the car every morning.leaving the wipers up is a way of the cleaner telling the owner that the car has been cleaned.at least this is the explanation my car's cleaner gives me.
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As per my understanding the following are the reasons.
1) Aftere cleaning, the dust acumilates on the wiper blade which when used will create scratches on the glass.
2) The quality of the rubber will be spoiled due to the heat.
3) Usually after cleaning (If it is done by driver or other guys, they tend to forget )
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What I have heard from a technician is:
While under sun, due to over heating, the wiper blade tends to take the shape of the surface it is touching. if there are dust particles trapped in between the windshield and wiper blade, the blade deforms to an irregular shape and thereby it's cleaning becomes improper.
Can this explanation be true?
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OT: i think we're running out of topics to discuss on tbhp
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Hmm!! I always used to keep the wiper blade up when I was living in Iowa, especially during winter!! Reason is simple. The snow accumulates on top of the wiper and the snow trapped between the the blade and the glass becomes ice, making it stick to the glass.

In here, snow is not a problem, but dust definitely could be a problem. I leave the car out for a couple of hours and I am guranteed to see a thick layer of dust. the dust caught between the wiper and glass will not go away because of driving.

Am not sure of the windshield heating logic though. Is the rubber used in wiper blade so sensitive to heat?

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Another explanation; maybe its a 'male' car.
That would have to be the SX4, the official male car.

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OT: i think we're running out of topics to discuss on tbhp
You got that one right, NIP.
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