Jeep has reinvented its windshield wiper. Here’s how it works
The gas station squeegee has nothing on this.
Jeep has developed a new type of windshield wiper designed to clear dirt and mud from the glass in just one wipe.
The Clean Sweep: Jeep is a new accessory kit available from the Mopar parts catalog for the current generation Wrangler and Gladiator trucks.
The package includes new wiper arms and blades with 12 laser-cut holes that spray washer fluid as they sweep across the windshield.
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The traditional spray nozzles are deactivated, and the fluid is rerouted to the blades through tubing that comes with the package.
When the washer is activated, fluid begins flowing a beat before the wipers start to move, creating a leading edge of liquid that helps clear the glass.
Some other vehicles feature spray nozzles located on the wiper arms to create a similar effect, but Jeep's 12-hole blade design is less common and similar to one used by Mercedes-Benz.
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Jeep said the technology will help eliminated the "blind seconds" that are often created when traditional wipers smear debris across a windshield for a couple of passes before they start clearing it away. This is particularly useful off-road for driving through the sorts of puddles and other muck the Wrangler and Gladiator were designed to tackle.
The kit is available now and priced at $140, including two sets of blades. Pricing for additional blades has not been released.
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Jeep also addressed the topic of forward vision last year when it introduced a new line of Mopar windshields for the Wrangler and Gladiator made from the sort of chip-resistant Gorilla Glass used on smartphones.
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