2013 silverado windshield wiper question

Discussion in 'Chevy Silverado Forum (GMC Sierra)' started by martym, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. martym

    martym New Member

    Traded in my 08 silverado 2500HD last month on a 13 silverado 1500. On the new truck, the passenger side wiper does not touch the windshield for about the last inch or two. When it is straight up or to the left it does touch. When driving in rain there is not a crisp line where the wiper touches. I must be to anal, but this really bothers me. Took it back to the dealer. They put on a new set, still does the same thing. Went out on their lot and checked other trucks, none of them touch. A friend just also just bought a new 13 silverado his is the same. What kind of engineering is this? They can't even get the wiper blade to fully touch the windshield. The 08 didn't do this. Anybody else notice this?

    Marty
  2. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Moderator

    My 11 Silverado has the same issue, for the first couple months it bothered me, now I dont even notice it anymore.
    I thought about increasing the spring pressure in the arm a little more but lately it hasnt bothered me enough to exert the energy required to study the problem, to many other projects.
  3. redvett

    redvett New Member

    Its under warranty see your dealer.
  4. TRPLXL2

    TRPLXL2 New Member

    I know it's not a truck, but my 08' HHR does this, and my mom's 06' Aveo also does this. I would say it's an engineering flaw.
  5. martym,

    I'm sorry you are frustrated. Could you please PM me your information (name, number, address, VIN, current mileage, and involved dealer) so I can look into your situation?

    Evan, GM Customer Service
  6. fenwick865

    fenwick865 New Member

    My '13 Silverado does this as did my '04. I live near Buffalo, NY. In the winter that gap between wiper and windshield collects ice. The ice knob at the end of the wiper gets bigger and bigger. Resulting in the wiper getting further away from the windshield. My thought is to reshape the windshield.
  7. stchman

    stchman New Member

    I don't even like to use wipers.

    Rain-X all the way.
  8. fenwick865

    fenwick865 New Member

    Unfortunately here with the salt rain-x is useless.
  9. 4.8SilveradoSS

    4.8SilveradoSS New Member

    You can try buying new Wipers or you can take them off and balance them.

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    You can try buying new Wipers or you can take them off and balance them.
  10. nickgiacalone

    nickgiacalone New Member

    My 09 does the exact same thing. Did it with the stock wipers and does it with the fancy and expensive RainX Latitude wiper blades I installed a while back. I think it has something to do with windshield shape. My father's 2013 does it as well. I just learned to live with it. X2 on the rainX, in the summer I don't turn my wipers on, all RainX, but here as well the salt is killer and isn't phased in the least by a little RainX.
  11. j cat

    j cat Active Member

    with the wiper blade in the park position having the blade off the windshield reduces the possibility of the blade being ripped off when/if the ice freezes the rubber blade to the glass. this is why you can lift the blades in the full up position to avoid blade damage. my 1996 the blade sets on the windshield and if a snow / ice storm hits before starting I must be sure to have the wipers OFF. with the newer vehicles I have heard of the wiper system being damaged more than the rubber blade.
  12. Pointer

    Pointer New Member

    Just PM'd you info with same problem
  13. Elvis63

    Elvis63 New Member

    I have a '13 Silverado LT. The rubber on the OEM wiper blades are garbage! If there's a slight chill in the air, the blades develop a wavy contour so they only touch the windshield every few inches all the way up the windshield. I bought a third party replacement blade that came with no less than 5 different mounting attachments, none of which fit a '13 Silverado! I went to the dealership and bought another set of OEM blades which worked for the first 2 minutes, then went all wavy again! What kind of crap is this?
  14. PierreLaDuke

    PierreLaDuke New Member

    2010 Sierra. Same problem. Went to parts store, tried Rainex,Trico, Bosch. None of them touched the windshield all the way. The last inch didn't make contact. Of all of them the Bosch wipers were the most effective. Anybody have the solution ? Pete
  15. the phantom

    the phantom New Member

    Wipers seem to be a problem for GM. My 03 Escalade had the same problem. I went and bought the expensive rainx blades also paying amost $25 each for them and they lasted about a year. Went into Autozone where I got them and sort of complained stating they only lasted a year.. Surprisingly the counterperson tells me "well feel lucky you got a year out of them. They usually only last about 9 months." I was like "WHAT!!" For that kind of price thats BS. On top of that how about on my 03 Escalade all the (rain and salt)water that hits the windshield is routed down and hits the starter making it into a rust ball and it also rotted out the tranny lines right under the starter.

    I just dont understand how GM engineers can make all of probably 6 figures and cannot do simple research as they develop things. It is called R&D for a reason.:no:
  16. buckmeister2

    buckmeister2 New Member

    How are you going to reshape the windshield without reshaping the cab??? Yes, it is a design flaw. The eventual fix will be a contoured wiper to fit the windshield better, at a cost about 5X more than standard wipers. I think I would learn to live with it.
  17. JohnnyZJ

    JohnnyZJ New Member

    all my trucks have done it. I just learnt to live with it. as long as my GMC goes to 300,000km with minor issues instead of blowing motors/trannies/diffs/ i'm ok with crappy wipers.
  18. 4rfun2

    4rfun2 New Member

    I have a 2013 Silverado LTZ that has the same problem. It builds up ice in the wintertime and is a hazzard. GM doesn't care. I contacted them but they blew me off. They said there hasn't been any other complaints and I'll have to live with it. I am thinking of trading for a new Ram that the wipers fit snug to the windshield.
  19. j cat

    j cat Active Member

    GM now is in big trouble with the ignition switch failures over 10 years now maybe more. 13 people killed when the switch shut the car down the air bags disabled , then the collision when the vehicle was stopped in the middle of the road.

    these wiper issues are well known . anyone with these vehicles should make a written compliant to NHTSA .. with many making these written bitches about how it is a hazard and GM saying no problem, I bet you all get this fixed...

    for me just another reason to keep the old 2000 sil..never had any wiper problems and I can lift them off the windshield when the ice storm comes !
  20. Hi 4rfun2,

    It sounds like you have already spoken to a customer representative. If you can send me a PM with your VIN, I can research what has been previously documented and be sure that your concerns reach the correct departments within GM. I hope to hear from you soon.

    Austin J.
    GM Customer Care

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