Let me start by saying I'm not all that knowledgeable about cars so if you use a lot of abbreviations and technical terms, you might have to dumb it down for me a little. This is a little long so please bear with me on this.
I have an 05 Mazda3 Sport (purchased new February 06) and my problem is this:
Whenever it rains, or is foggy or dewy and I attempt to use the windshield wipers it streaks the glass and I can see spots which I assume are water spots. If I clean the windshield myself, every time I wipe the glass with a cloth I can see this oil like film. I think for the first month after I purchased my car, I did not notice the issue, maybe because it didn't rain and there wasn't much humidity. However I started to notice the problem around May of '06. I put Rain-X on the windshield thinking that would fix the issue - it didn't. I then replaced the wipers after reading how crappy the stock ones were - that didn't work. Then maybe around August of '06 I read on here that sometimes Rain-X can cause the problem, so I removed it. I then read about how to deep clean the glass (from tips on here). I tried everything on the glass that I had around the house. I remember I tried CLR, Stoners glass cleaner(s), water and vinegar, chrome polish - none of those worked, the oily like film with the spots were still there when something damp would wipe across the windshield. I even tried explaining it to auto techs and the mazda dealership, they of course had no idea what I was talking about. Since none of this worked I eventually gave up. The last time I tried to fix the issue was probably last September.
The problem I explained above is very annoying and highly dangerous, especially at night. I completely avoid driving at night in the rain or snow because when the wipers are active and smearing and hazing everything I am blinded by oncoming traffic. It just blurs everything. Also in the morning when there is dew on my windshield, it takes 15 minutes to clear up. I have to keep my wipers constantly going during that time - it is embarrassing sometimes. I have done a search on this issue and only came up with old threads with stuff I have already tried. Also there was no "consensus" on a fix or known problem. I'm hoping there is some more news or a consensus on how to fix the issue, short of replacing the windshield.
Right now, I'm considering purchasing Diamondite Glass Cleaning Kit (Here is the webpage
) that uses liquid clay. I've spent at least
6 hours today researching this and the keyword that keeps popping up is "clay". I'm thinking of giving that a try, what do you guys think? Will it be worth the money or will it probably not work?
Here are quotes from some old threads where people detailed their problem:
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I believe I also have this problem. I put on Rain-X last fall and now each time my wipers move across the windshield it leaves like a film/haze. It will burn off in a few minutes if I only use the wiper once and its not bad during the day but at night its terrible. Last weekend we got alot of snow and trying to drive was next to impossible because I had to use the blades constantly which in turn left a constant haze/film on the window.
Like some suggested I tried Stoners Invisible glass a couple days ago. Well today my windshield was kind of dirty so I used washer fluid and the wipers...the haze/film STILL appeared!! :x
Could my washer fluid be causing this? I have been using Prestone's DeIcer washer fluid.
I also changed my wipers a couple of times. I'm using the teflon blade ones now. No effect.
I'm also getting some streaking too, right in my line of sight. ugh
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I don't understand why my windshield has these vertical streaks that looks like water marks. You can't usually see them unless it's raining. It's worse at night because of street light reflection. There are so many of them it becomes a real problem. Usually it would also fog up really badly on the surface too & with the streaks already there, it makes visibility to almost zero. By using the wipers it will clear the fog but the streaks will always remain. I don't think these streaks are from the inside of the windsheild because I've tried rubbing it off with my finger from inside of my car. I've washed my car twice already and they still remain. It almost seems like they are trapped inside the glass.
Anyone experiencing the same problem?
I apologize for the essay like length of this but I really hope to find a solution for this issue. I will attempt to get a picture of what it looks like tomorrow.
One last thing not related to the topic...
I just hit 27,000 on my car and got an oil change today. They said it's almost time for me to replace my tires. This is the first car that I've owned and cared for myself so I have no idea about tires and such. I'm looking at prices and I nearly fell out of my seat. Tires are damn expensive!
Anyways, my question is: what do you guys think about the Michelin Pilot Exalto A/S? From what I've read on here from searching, they seem to be pretty good. I'm in northern Virginia so I require all season tires. Last winter and even in the rain my car slips and slides. I need some tires with traction. Will a car "laymen" like me notice a difference with new tires? Unless I hear something truly bad about these, I will probably go with these.
Thanks for the help with this issue(s),