It seems like everything in my life is broken these days. The latest bit? My bloody car. She isn’t dead yet, but I think she’s slipping that way. A bit ago, the radio stopped working. Actually, it stopped and started spectacularly for most of a week before drifting in to a more soundless existence. Radios are peripheral to the actual car. Inconvenient, yes, but still perfectly drive-able.
Next came the windscreen. This is the third my car has had in the past year and a half. The first was, to use the term the glass people taught me, sandblasted. Tiny little specks had penetrated the glass, making it very difficult to see in light. Once the new windscreen was in place, I could see perfectly. For a month or so. I used wipers by the brand of Rain-X, and they left a film on the windscreen, making it almost impossible to see in rain. The product is supposed to make glass repel rain. I had no idea it was even *in* the bloody wipers and no idea that, once you stop using the product, it almost ruins the windscreen.
Enter windscreen three.
This one has been beautiful. It’s been so clear that it appeared relatively invisible. Then, *it* developed a film on the inside. I’m told that this is due to a slight problem with a heater core. Nothing to worry about yet, and a microfibre towel wipes down the film just fine. Once the windscreen developed a film on the outside, though, I was ready to make my car accidentally go up in a glorious blaze.
A clay bar took the film off of the outside of the windscreen, and, again, it was crystal clear. Except in the rain. As long as you don’t actually *use* the wipers, it’s actually relatively clear. However, rain does require wipers, and wipers leave a very cloudy shadow. With car lights shining in, I quite literally have to pull over and wait for the rain to slow. As it turns out, the wipers don’t need replacing– the wiper *arms* need replacing. And they cost twice as much as the actual wiper blades. And three out of four local shops cannot order them. And I can barely afford to buy one, labour not included. This leaves me relatively unable to drive in the rain at night. Not that I’d ever need to.