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PostPosted: Fri May 03, 2019 9:58 pm 
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My wipers have been making a horrible noise just recently, nothing serious, just rubber on glass.

I thought it best to just replace them as I've usually done that every autumn in the past, but for some reason that just hasn't happened with this van so the wipers are the originals from 2015.

Taking a good look at them, it was obvious that I wouldn't be able to just buy a pair of inserts and fit those.

I then discovered that I couldn't even get the damn things off to renew the whole wiper, (although I think I know how to do that now).

So I googled, *wipers scraping on windscreen* and it suggested cleaning the rubbers with Isopropyl Alcohol. I've got some of that, but I already had a pack of wet-wipes in the back of the van so I used those instead, two or three on each blade, it must have taken all of three minutes - it worked - no scraping at all now. :-)

I'll get Mercedes to change them on the next service/mot which is due in June.

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A bit of silicone oil will help rejuvenate them if they are old too. Put some on a cloth, rub it in well and then let them sit. Ideally do this in the evening after work. Next morning go out and wipe away any excess with a wet wipe so you don't get a greasy window.
Works a treat.

While you are at it, do the rubber door seals as well.


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Funny I noticed my Transit wipers doing this last night,it was driving me mad
I’ll try it and report back the next time it rains

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ayjay wrote:
My wipers have been making a horrible noise just recently, nothing serious, just rubber on glass.

I thought it best to just replace them as I've usually done that every autumn in the past, but for some reason that just hasn't happened with this van so the wipers are the originals from 2015.

Taking a good look at them, it was obvious that I wouldn't be able to just buy a pair of inserts and fit those.

I then discovered that I couldn't even get the damn things off to renew the whole wiper, (although I think I know how to do that now).

So I googled, *wipers scraping on windscreen* and it suggested cleaning the rubbers with Isopropyl Alcohol. I've got some of that, but I already had a pack of wet-wipes in the back of the van so I used those instead, two or three on each blade, it must have taken all of three minutes - it worked - no scraping at all now. :-)

I'll get Mercedes to change them on the next service/mot which is due in June.


Many thanks for sharing this my van wipers are doing this :-)


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ayjay wrote:

I'll get Mercedes to change them on the next service/mot which is due in June.


:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: "That'll be £80 plus VAT, Sir." :shock: :shock:

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wine~o wrote:
ayjay wrote:

I'll get Mercedes to change them on the next service/mot which is due in June.


:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: "That'll be £80 plus VAT, Sir." :shock: :shock:


I get 30 years free roadside assistance, if you go elsewhere for repairs or a service, you lose that until it goes back to Mercedes again, it's less hassle to fall in with that, and they're not as bad as you might think. I'm not sure if that's cos it's commercial, but I've not had any nasty shocks yet with the services/mot's, and they've even done the odd favour/freebie when asked.

A friend of mine bought an old Merc saloon some time back, something like a W124, his son-in-law was an ex Merc mechanic and checked it out for him prior to purchase, but didn't live close enough to service it. He was always surprised if the service was less than four figures, but reckoned it was never below £800. :shock:

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