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post #1 of 10 Old 01-13-2017, 12:24 AM Thread Starter
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Windshield Scratching!

I am thinking this CX3 has either weird wiper blades or a wussy windshield. I am seeing very small scratches along the trajectory of my glass. On both sides.

I routinely check for crap under the blades and clean them, but I have never had this problem with other cars before.

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So if I were to replace my blades, what brand would you recommend? TIA.
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The day after we got our CX-3 new I was driving on the highway and a truck threw up a pebble and hit my w/shield causing a small chip in it.

I was pissed, but just in case it decided to spread and make me have to replace a w/shield (no way I wanted to do that right after I picked up a new car) I took it to my local w/shield replacement place for them to look at it.

It was suggested that they fill the chip so there was no chance of it spreading, while they were doing that the guy mentioned their glass treatment. I decided to do it since it was only like $20 bucks and with the car being new it will keep the w/shield looking like new and the blades work more efficiently.

It does work pretty good, water practically beads right off it and most times I don't even need to turn the wipers on.

Yeah I know RainX probably works the same but I think the place that did this treatment uses something different and it lasts much longer. Your local glass place should have something similar they could put on your windshield so you don't need to replace your wiper blades so soon.

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Griots Garage do some quite good windshield polish that would be worth trying just to see if the marks are permanent.

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Just noticed several long scratches on the passenger side of the windscreen. No idea how they got there, certainly not something I've ever seen on a windscreen before :-(

Still.................mustn't grumble
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Ice scraper?

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We used to have cats and squirrels crawling up our vehicles when we lived in the woods!
But I doubt a cat on your windshield....
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Tiny bits of hard gravel if caught in the wiper blades can result in long arching scratches (I am one who knows ☹️)

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I don't think so and the direction etc of the scratches couldn't have been made by grit under the wipers. I do regularly clean my wiper blades. Never seenit on any of my previous cars. Makes me think the laminate isn't so robust.

Still.................mustn't grumble
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Laminate on the windshield?
I was at the service shop today for my '3. Service staff didn't have anything to say when I told them how easily that windshield scratches. CHecked the blades and said they were working as they were supposed to. I also asked if the wiper arm was fit too tight to the screen. Fellow said it would wear out the blade motor. So IDK.

Trying Rainex next.
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There's this sellavision stuff that's supposed to help you get rid of nicks and scratches on your windshield I think, but I can't quite remember what it's called. Better bet would be to get some windshield insurance if you foresee that you're going to have to eventually replace the glass real quick.
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