: Windshield Wipers



Srxlou
12-29-12, 09:41 PM
The other day my wife had to drive the SRX for the first time in heavy snow conditions. She was actually kind of excited to try it out. When she drove to work she had no problems and was very happy with the way it drove in the snow. Coming home was another story, lol. She was basically in tears telling me about it. I guess the bloody windshield wipers kept freezing up on her. She had to pull over three times within 15 km to chip the ice away from them. I asked her if she had the defrost on and she said yes. So anyways I bought new wipers for her. To be honest I don't think they're going to be much better. One thing I've noticed about the SRX where the wipers sit is that it is very deep and very hard to remove snow which ends up building up then it turns to ice. Just my opion but I think this is a very poor design for the north. So just waiting for our next winter storm. She's nervous and so am I since she basically told me if it continues to give her problems will have to trade it in.

e004698
12-29-12, 10:37 PM
I have a 2010 SRX AWD here in central Wisconsin with lots of snow and wipers freezing have not been a problem more than any other car I've owned or driven, but it can happen. Most likely temperature conditions were just perfect to create ice and problen would have occured what ever was being driven. SRX AWD great car in the snow.

Cadillac Cust Svc
12-29-12, 10:50 PM
Srxlou,
We're sorry that your wife had such a rough drive back home. :( If you wanted for us to document a product suggestion (in this case, the way that the wipers sit), please contact us either via private message on the forum or email (katie_lucille@gmexpert.com) with details of your suggestion, as well as your name, contact information, and the last 8 digits of the vehicle.
Sarah, Cadillac Customer Service

300:29:1
12-30-12, 09:15 AM
The other day my wife had to drive the SRX for the first time in heavy snow conditions. She was actually kind of excited to try it out. When she drove to work she had no problems and was very happy with the way it drove in the snow. Coming home was another story, lol. She was basically in tears telling me about it. I guess the bloody windshield wipers kept freezing up on her. She had to pull over three times within 15 km to chip the ice away from them. I asked her if she had the defrost on and she said yes. So anyways I bought new wipers for her. To be honest I don't think they're going to be much better. One thing I've noticed about the SRX where the wipers sit is that it is very deep and very hard to remove snow which ends up building up then it turns to ice. Just my opion but I think this is a very poor design for the north. So just waiting for our next winter storm. She's nervous and so am I since she basically told me if it continues to give her problems will have to trade it in.

The wipers on my 2012 SRX have been very good in snow and ice. I must say that despite a less tan thorough clearing off enforce driving, I have not had the problem you describe.

Marc NY
12-30-12, 11:54 AM
The condition Srxlou is experiencing is pretty much the same exact situation that a lot of SUVs or Crossovers will experience... snow build up below the hood and under the wiper arm areas. There is one thing that I learned many years ago is to make sure that NO ice or snow gets packed down under the wiper blade arm mechanisms because when the car sits and it freezes up it can actually lock your wiper arms down. If you try to turn on your blades in this situation it can also do a lot of damage to either your wiper motor and or damage to the rubber on the blades when the wipers try to move over frozen ice. In the cold and snowy winter time always pre-warm your vehicle up first and also try to keep that area clean and yes even along the side edge of the front windshield areas too. Last but not least is make sure you take the time to clear snow or ice away from your windshield washers that are located on the rear hood area near the windshield so that if you need to use your washers you will have them working properly. I always wipe down the rear camera lens with my warm finger just so that I can make sure that I will be able to see clearly when I am backing out too. Those few extra minutes spent clearing away the snow and cleaning off your wiper blades will ensure that your driving experience will be much better. :)

TheCaptain
12-30-12, 04:13 PM
I'll second what Marc said. I'll also add that I have driven my SRX 65 000 kms of which about half of that has been winter driving. It's like any car, as long as you keep your cowl clean, the wipers stay clean.

SRXnewbie
01-29-14, 10:30 PM
My SRX has the same problem only we don't have snow right now just cold. Whenever it is below 15 it freezes. This must be a design problem. The rear wiper washer is fine even below zero. This is disappointing I was thrilled with my first GM vehicle in 25 years. I just got it a month ago...beginning to wonder if I should have boughten a Lincoln instead.

Tup
01-29-14, 11:20 PM
My SRX has the same problem only we don't have snow right now just cold. Whenever it is below 15 it freezes. This must be a design problem. The rear wiper washer is fine even below zero. This is disappointing I was thrilled with my first GM vehicle in 25 years. I just got it a month ago...beginning to wonder if I should have boughten a Lincoln instead.

Perhaps try some aftermarket wipers... they might have a different rubber compound. Our Subaru Tribeca we had before the SRX has front windshield heater lines... like the lines in the rear window only clustered under where the wipers rest. Great for when freezing rain collects and freezes your wipers down. I am surprised that more vehicles don't have this feature.

TheCaptain
01-31-14, 12:24 AM
The best solution is to turn your HVAC onto whatever vent direction doesn't point at the window (if it's day time, and you're not on the highway). Then the vents don't melt the snow on the windshield to freeze the wipers.
The second best solution is to move to Mexico.