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NHTSA upgrades probe into 1.7 million GM vehicles over wiper failures

The probe covers Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain vehicles built between 2010 and 2016

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Tuesday it is upgrading an investigation into 1.7 million General Motors Co vehicles for windshield wiper failures. The auto safety agency opened the probe in November 2018 to see if GM needed to expand a 2016 recall of 2013 model year Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain SUVs to cover additional vehicles. NHTSA could demand a recall after it completes the probe.

Mazda recalls 2016-2018 Mazda3s for faulty windshield wipers

Potentially 187,798 are affected

Potentially 187,798 are affected.

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How to change wiper blades and washer fluid | Autoblog Wrenched

Don't let your wiper blades put you into a risky situation

Don't let your wiper blades put you into a risky situation

When should I change my windshield wiper blades?

Windshield wiper blades play a crucial part in vehicle safety, but unless you live in a rainy climate, they're also easy to overlook.

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Singing roadkill hawks Bosch wiper blades in bizarre ad [UPDATE]

The bizarre commercial stars a band of zombified roadkill puppets that rise from the dead each night to sing to drivers about the dangers of old wiper blades.

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Self-slapping wipers could take the sting from snowy mornings

Let's file this one away in the category of "Why didn't I think of that?" A Detroit company called has built a set of wiper arms that will smack themselves agains the windshield, shaking ice and snow loose. It's a product of a company called Motor City Wiper. These systems aren't for sale yet, although the company is currently looking for an angel investor for the product, after shopping it around to automakers and suppliers and being disappointed by the level of interest.

How Soundwaves Could Eventually Replace Windshield Wipers

Sports-car giant McLaren pioneers new technology

Leave it to a British company to improve driving in the rain.

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Russian windshield wiper fix strings us up

Speaking to the effectiveness of ingenuity and improvisation, the string-pull windshield wipers in this Russian Lada work surprisingly well in the snow and the rainy weather. We wouldn't recommend practicing this MacGyver-like move unless it's absolutely necessary, but then again, there can't be too many Ladas in the US.

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Chevy recalls over 44,000 Sonic models over windshield washer issue

The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic has been found to suffer from a windshield wiper washer issue: 44,668 examples of the subcompact could have wiper washer hoses that separate from the fluid reservoir. If that happens, drivers won't be able use the washer system to clean the windshield.

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GM wipes out with recall of 50,000 Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave crossovers

General Motors has announced a recall of certain 2011 and 2012 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse and GMC Acadia models for wipers that may fail under heavy snow. According to the National Highway

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Subaru recalls 2010-2011 Legacy, Outback for windshield wiper issue

Japanese automaker Subaru has issued a recall for Model Year 2010-2011 Outback and Legacy vehicles manufactured from January 7, 2010, through May 20, 2011. Subaru says faulty components inside the wiper motor's bottom cover could overheat.

Report: Water as windshield wiper fluid causes 20% of Legionnaires' Disease cases in UK

If you use standard tap water in your windshield washer fluid reservoir instead of a cleaner, you may have effectively turned your vehicle into a biological weapon. Sure, that sounds cool and all, but according to BBC News, the only person you're going to be hurting is yourself. As it turns out, using plain water can cause the washer fluid system to become a breeding ground for Legionella bacterium – the same nastiness that causes Legionaires' Disease and pneumonia. Spray your

GM drops HotShot windshield washer system after expensive recall

General Motors has nixed an optional hot-spray windshield washer system called HotShot from all of its cars and trucks after an electrical short in the systems caused the recall of 944,000 vehicles. GM told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that a short on the circuit board of the fluid heater could overheat the control-circuit ground wire. The problem has resulted in 34 warranty claims so far and three reports of fires may have been caused by the system. To fix the problem, dea

Rain-X versus PPG Aquapel: Grudge Match

Autoblog reader Josh Wardell, who loves his MINI Cooper very much thank you, has posted an interesting comparison test between the well known windshield treatment called Rain-X and a lesser known competitor named PPG Aquapel that's usually used by service professionals rather than vehicle owners. We hadn't heard much about PPG Aquapel so we were interested to learn which product Wardell found to more effectively whisked away r