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    Question Help with windshield haze

    I'm having a problem with my 2005 Tacoma windshield hazing when I use the windshield wipers. When the wiper makes a pass over the windshield, it creates a haze that last for just a second and then it disappears as if it evaporates. Then when the wiper makes another pass, the cycle starts over. Wiper cleans the windshield, haze appears, haze disappears, wiper cleans windsheild, etc..

    The problem is really bad at night when meeting oncoming traffic. The combination of haze and headlight glare makes it impossible to see the road. What can I do to fix this problem? Is it the wiper blades (only 3 months old)? I've had this problem on older vehicles and changing the wiper blades did not help. Maybe there is a special wiper blade I can try. Any thoughts?

    Thanks.

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    Try cleaning the wiper blades with alcohol. I use the little presoaked squares from the drug store. They also keep my K-9's ears very clean. Good luck!
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    In south texas this is a big problem for me too with the night humidity. The problem appears to be mositure being spread evenly ( a good thing) and evaporating slowly (bad thing). Your windshield is not slick enough and is just smearing the water into the windshield. Try rainx windshield wax, or I use my regular wax of choice (Gold Class Paste). Just a very thin coat will seal off your windshield, aiding in the removal of water rather than just spreading it. Try it You will like it!!
    PS Be sure to clean the windshield very well prior to sealing it.

    I hope this helps!!

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    Re: Help with windshield haze

    Originally posted by scroyal05
    I'm having a problem with my 2005 Tacoma windshield hazing when I use the windshield wipers. When the wiper makes a pass over the windshield, it creates a haze that last for just a second and then it disappears as if it evaporates. Then when the wiper makes another pass, the cycle starts over. Wiper cleans the windshield, haze appears, haze disappears, wiper cleans windsheild, etc..

    The problem is really bad at night when meeting oncoming traffic. The combination of haze and headlight glare makes it impossible to see the road. What can I do to fix this problem? Is it the wiper blades (only 3 months old)? I've had this problem on older vehicles and changing the wiper blades did not help. Maybe there is a special wiper blade I can try. Any thoughts?

    Thanks.
    Just out of curiosity. How do you currently maintain these windows? Do you use Rain-X? Or do you wax them. In other words, what products do you use on them. Also what is in your windshield fluid Resevoir?
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    I have a MBZ one blade wiper. My blade wipes the windshield clean, but I do get that quick flash of like fog on the windshield then it disappears. Thats normal. However, you can try cleaning the outside and inside of your windshield and wipe the blade down with a wet towel.

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    The only products I've used on the windshield are Meguiar's NXT Glass Cleaner and I wash with NXT Car Wash. I've tried RainX on other cars in the past, but it seems to make the haze worse. RainX is awesome until the rain get so hard that you have to use the wipers. When you use the wipers, the haze is really bad with RainX (at least that been my experience with the product).

    I have noticed that when I clean the glass with NXT Glass Cleaner and my microfiber towel, the glass does not seem very slick. In fact, I have a hard time getting the towel to slide smoothly over the glass. I have to stop several times and refold the towel and wipe again. Is this normal?

    Thanks for the tips. I will try these.

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    Originally posted by scroyal05
    The only products I've used on the windshield are Meguiar's NXT Glass Cleaner and I wash with NXT Car Wash. I've tried RainX on other cars in the past, but it seems to make the haze worse. RainX is awesome until the rain get so hard that you have to use the wipers. When you use the wipers, the haze is really bad with RainX (at least that been my experience with the product).

    I have noticed that when I clean the glass with NXT Glass Cleaner and my microfiber towel, the glass does not seem very slick. In fact, I have a hard time getting the towel to slide smoothly over the glass. I have to stop several times and refold the towel and wipe again. Is this normal?

    Thanks for the tips. I will try these.
    I notice the same with the NXT glass cleaner. I tend to think that comes from having "CLEAN" glass.
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    My windshield does the same thing and the conclusion I came to is that I need to give my window a deep cleaning. There is a thread on this forum about cleaning windshields using Heavy Cut Cleaner. I am going to try this when I make my next order for products. I had been using RainX but as some people have said, it's just putting RainX over the road film that has accumulated.

    I've tried NXT Glass Cleaner, Stoner's Invisible Glass, Claying and everything else I could think of. Once I try #4 Heavy Cut I will report back the results.

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    I've also been having this problem. I have been using the rain-x windshield washer fluid, both "bug remover" and the "de-icer", for about a year now. I love it during the day, but it is tough to at night sometimes.

    I look forward to hearing the results of the heavy-duty cleaner.

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    Instead of heavy cut which I know is effective try Rain-x windshield service kit @ Strauss Auto, or similar type auto store. The kit includes a special cleaner similar in viscosity to toothpaste, it has very good cleaning capabilities & washes off with water. It has worked for me for years.
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