I had similar issues with a Chevy mini-van a few years ago. Turns out
that it wasn't the wiper blade, but the hinge on the arm (next to the
spring) was so corroded that it stopped free movement. Spraying it with
penetrating fluid, working it back and forth to make sure it was free,
and then oiling it would work for a while, but it would eventually
corrode again causing the same symptoms. I eventually replaced the arm
and it took care of the problem.
Worked for me anyway....
> I've tried a few different types and brands of blades but have found
> that either the blade doesn't make contact at high speeds or they wear
> out very prematurly. I currently have a set of Michelin optimum wiper
> blades (the one's that don't have the metal brackets and hinges) and
> the driver's side one no longer makes contact at the center of the
> blade. These things are only three months old. Does anyone have a
> suggestion for replacements that will actually last? I need
> suggestions for both summer and winter driving (I'm in Minnesota).
> Jerry >> Stay informed about: Wiper Blades for 2001 Dakota