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Old 12-23-2013, 12:05 PM
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Boring topic I know, but its something that is driving me nuts.

Anyone have a good brand they use? I've tried those new goodyear ones, bosch, and the cheapo snow blades from the parts stores, and they all just make a smeary mess after a very short time.

And, its not consistent. Its not like the washer fluid won't work or something, I get very clean sections where the blade is wiping well, but I often get really bad stuff right in my field of view, and then very clean right below.

I also would be interested to know if anyone has any that actually do their job at 60 mph. May not be possible, but if you've got something I'd love to know.

I run a "summer" type blade, and snow blades generally, but open to anything that works at this point.

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Old 12-23-2013, 12:13 PM
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Bosch ICON have been the best and lasted the longest on my TDI. all others sucked rainx, oem, etc.

I park in a parking garage all day so my wipers don't see much UV. That's been the biggest difference,before that uv would wreck them all in 6mos

might be the windshield if it's been sand blasted in co and old
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Old 12-23-2013, 12:24 PM
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Well, mine is garaged a lot, but is out in the sun a fair amount too. Interesting on the windshield. Its pretty old, but not cracked, so I've left it alone. My wifes is pretty new, and her wipers do the same though (she has good years).

I'll have to check if I got the Icon's or not. Are they a winter blade?
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I hate using winter blades because they act like wings at highway speeds, IME. I'd rather spend a couple minutes before driving off cleaning the ice out of them and I've had pretty good luck with the Rain X on my Tundra. The first set of OEMs on the Corolla were pretty good but the replacement rubbers I've not been overly impressed with so far. Might have to try Icons. I think in Colorado you'd better just replace them before every winter in any event.
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Not a boring topic at all.

Driving back from the Pawnee Grasslands saturday evening, my wipers were not cutting it. To keep my winshield clean I was shooting wiper fluid often. The splash back from the road would dirty the windshield and the wiper would just leave bigger and bigger streaks - until I shot more fluid. Up until then, they had been great blades. They are ANCO (don't know the model) form fitting. When I inspected them, I didn't find any damage, i.e. they still were fully intact and pliable.

I picked up new ones Bosch Icon blades yesterday. They did ok this morning, but not as well as I would expect brand new blades to work. Perhaps it is just the driving conditions (cold, de-icer splash back versus "clean moisture"), but even with brand new blades I didn't like having to help them out with washer fluid as often as I had to.
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I hate using winter blades because they act like wings at highway speeds, IME. I'd rather spend a couple minutes before driving off cleaning the ice out of them and I've had pretty good luck with the Rain X on my Tundra. The first set of OEMs on the Corolla were pretty good but the replacement rubbers I've not been overly impressed with so far. Might have to try Icons. I think in Colorado you'd better just replace them before every winter in any event.
I agree winter blades are wings on the highway, and I always clean and deice the blade prior to driving, if the truck sat out or from work.

I find that non-winter blades ice up while driving in the snow, making them completely useless. If it is snowing hard, I end up having to pull over several times from denver to boulder or visa versa to de ice the wiper. Thats the only reason I go for the winter blades.

I didn't replace these, but I only had them on last winter, for maybe 4 months. I figured they'd be okay.

I will give a set of the icons a try, and see how they go. Ricardo, do you have an old windshield too? If that doesn't cut it, I'll look into Wes's idea of replacing the windshield. I do have windshield coverage on my insurance, anyone know if the windshield actually has to be cracked for it to kick in?
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i love the piaa blades. clean your windshield and run them on a dry windshield for a minute or so to get the silicone spread on the windshield.

as for the smearing that some are talking about, that's most likely the mag chloride. mc will smear. that's one of it's many horrible disadvantages. no matter how good your blades are, you have to have a liquid to clean it off. a cheap wiper will smear a bit, but will also clean in areas. if it's all smear, it's mc
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... I will give a set of the icons a try, and see how they go. Ricardo, do you have an old windshield too? If that doesn't cut it, I'll look into Wes's idea of replacing the windshield. I do have windshield coverage on my insurance, anyone know if the windshield actually has to be cracked for it to kick in?
It is a couple of years old. It is in good condition, i.e. not at all pitted. I know for many, windshields are an annual replacement type of thing. I've been relatively blessed with the longevity of windshields.
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What about replacing the wiper arms themselves? You need an arm with a good strong spring to really force the blades down onto the glass. I know on my 40 I had to bend the arm closest to the blade downwards a little bit to get the blade to set square on the glass with even pressure. Before then, the wipers were pretty hit and miss like you describe yours.
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i love the piaa blades. clean your windshield and run them on a dry windshield for a minute or so to get the silicone spread on the windshield.

as for the smearing that some are talking about, that's most likely the mag chloride. mc will smear. that's one of it's many horrible disadvantages. no matter how good your blades are, you have to have a liquid to clean it off. a cheap wiper will smear a bit, but will also clean in areas. if it's all smear, it's mc
Where do you buy those wipers.

No, for me, the smearing is WITH washer fluid! As in, I can soak the windshield for 5 to 10 seconds and STILL have smears.
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