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Old 03-02-2007, 10:10 AM   #1
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Default VUE rear wiper = design flaw

I've had two VUEs ('03 and '06), and they both had/have the same problem of a rear wiper that doesn't work properly most of the time. Once the back of the vehicle gets dirty from dust, mud, snow/ice, etc., the hinge mechanism gets gummed up and keeps the blade from staying firmly pressed against the window. They should have designed the hinge/spring to prevent this from happening, made it not so tightly pressed together. I've tried WD-40 with limited/temporary success.

Plus, why couldn't they make the fluid spritz onto the window instead of having it pour out down the glass where most of it gets wasted on the ground. That's just plain dumb.

... and I won't even get into how water drips on the seats when you open the door.

Maybe they should test their cars in real-world situations and not just in wind tunnels and on test tracks.

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:27 AM   #2
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Default Re: VUE rear wiper = design flaw

Yeah, I'm not too crazy about the one on my '04 AWD. The mechanism doesn't seem to work that great sometimes and the spilling of fluid onto the rear seems a waste.

But looking on the bright side, if that's the worst part of the vehicle, I'll count myself lucky!

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:41 AM   #3
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Default Re: VUE rear wiper = design flaw

Lift the arm off the windhield and lubricate the area of the pivot with silicon GREASE. Then treat the rear window with RainX. (Follow the directions on the bottle) You'll discover you will have nothing left to complain about...

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:46 AM   #4
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Default Re: VUE rear wiper = design flaw

Wolfman, you are correct, RainX is good stuff!

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Old 03-02-2007, 10:52 AM   #5
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Default Re: VUE rear wiper = design flaw

Great tips there : )

This winter is doing a real number on all my blades (front and back)... maybe in the spring I'll do a once over and fix all this stuff, and give the back the lubing/rainX treatment.

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Old 03-02-2007, 11:19 AM   #6
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Never had a problem with my '04 rear VUE wiper staying in contact with the window. I just replaced the blade a few months ago. Try owning an Explorer type vehicle and see how you like the rear wiper- the VUE wiper is superior in that respect.

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Old 03-02-2007, 03:29 PM   #7
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Default Re: VUE rear wiper = design flaw

One of the best items I have found is the Rain-X product.

They make a windshield washer fluid and also an additive for other windshield washer products. Very convenient.

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Old 03-02-2007, 03:55 PM   #8
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Since we put on the rear air deflector, we don't even use the rear wiper anymore, and it has done nothing BUT rain and snow here since we bought it.

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Old 03-02-2007, 04:22 PM   #9
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Default Re: VUE rear wiper = design flaw

hey! i have the same issue with my 04 redline. rear wiper does decent in the centre of the wipe, but in adverse conditions, the start area and the end area of the wipe kinda sux.

i completely agree with you on the wiper fluid dispension. it's one of my pet pieves.....

is it possible to replace that dispenser with a spray dispenser like the fronts???

in the meantime, i'm with james here, once spring arrives, it wouldn't hurt to try the lubing/rainX treatment......

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Old 03-02-2007, 04:55 PM   #10
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is it possible to replace that dispenser with a spray dispenser like the fronts???

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Well, I started a thread as to why the rears dribble, and the line I got was that if they sprayed like the fronts, it wouldn't hit the back glass because of the wind turbulence, hence the dribble.

My rear window wiper works great....it rains here a lot...actaully to f much...and the back window gets dirty like no tomorrow, but the dribble and mini-wiper work great......hehe, there is hope for some men after all (inside joke)....LMAO

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Old 03-02-2007, 05:01 PM   #11
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Default Re: VUE rear wiper = design flaw

that's what i was thinking. i was hoping that maybe pointing them more towards the window might help with the turbulence issue, but that in turn would stop the spray from reaching lower down. personally, the dribble is adequate, but watching it from the rear-view mirror makes me cringe sometimes due to imagining the waste of fluid. but to tell you the truth, the management of the wiper fluid that my redline has is superbly better than any car i have ever driven, not to mention the reservoir of the fluid itself in the vue... huge! regardless, i love the redline.

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Old 03-02-2007, 11:54 PM   #12
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Default Re: VUE rear wiper = design flaw

I would like to see the fluid come from the wiper itself as I've seen on other vehicles, or at least have the stream of fluid come down the center where the blade swipes by it more frequently than where it is positioned over to one side.

Also, to Greyhound Bus, the rear air deflector you mention... is that the upturned "spolier" thing or the one with the open slot that forces air down over the rear window? I have considered either/both if it would help the situation.

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Old 03-03-2007, 11:26 PM   #13
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Living with the VUE rear wiper:
During dry weather, pick up the rear wiper arm slowly and see if you feel or hear a bind. Most of them will bind and need lubrication. I don't like the silicone recommendation - I use Amsoil MP on mine, which dries quickly and protects for a long time. When the arm pivot is binding, the spring can't hold the blade to the glass properly.
Clean the rear glass frequently.
Replace the rear wiper insert or blade every six months.

This is all normal maintenance and will usually take care of the problem.

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Old 03-04-2007, 02:28 AM   #14
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Living with the VUE rear wiper:
During dry weather, pick up the rear wiper arm slowly and see if you feel or hear a bind. Most of them will bind and need lubrication. I don't like the silicone recommendation - I use Amsoil MP on mine, which dries quickly and protects for a long time. When the arm pivot is binding, the spring can't hold the blade to the glass properly.
Clean the rear glass frequently.
Replace the rear wiper insert or blade every six months.

This is all normal maintenance and will usually take care of the problem.
1saxman do you use Amsoil lubricant in your engine? You have the rear wiper down to an art... I've used my rear wiper maybe three times in last year.

The spray pattern, or dribble, could have been better. The PT Cruiser does the same thing.

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Old 03-04-2007, 02:55 PM   #15
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I'd use a white lithium grease.

I hate the spray pattern as well.. I think it got worse over time. I watch the rear view mirror and pulse the spray just before or just after the blade passes to minimize the loss of fluid

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Old 03-04-2007, 10:48 PM   #16
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'1saxman do you use Amsoil lubricant in your engine?'

No, Mobil-1, and I change it every six months. I found the Amsoil 'MP' (metal protectant) at a gun show and use it a lot. It basically dries on the metal with no visible residue but protects better than anything else I've tried where oil or grease is not desired, like around glass. If you lube the rear wiper arm with anything, make sure to cover the glass to prevent contamination. I don't have anything against Amsoil synthetic oil, I just have never tried it.

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Old 03-04-2007, 10:57 PM   #17
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Also, to Greyhound Bus, the rear air deflector you mention... is that the upturned "spolier" thing or the one with the open slot that forces air down over the rear window? I have considered either/both if it would help the situation.[/QUOTE]

I am talking about the smoked plastic deflector that directs air over the window. The window still gets a little dirty, but we have noticed that it keeps the water drops to a minimum and rear visability remains good in the rain, and the dirt doesn't become too thick to see out of. My wife doesn't like look of half the window being clean, making the rest look dirtier, so we just don't use the wiper at all.

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Old 03-05-2007, 01:31 AM   #18
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Something you might try that worked flawlessly for me is one of those springs that goes on the arm to add extra tension to the wiper. I put on on and haven't had a problem since.

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