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  1. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    Back in the old days of my youth, wiper blades seemed to last for many years. But then again, I lived in MT where our annual rainfall was extremely low. The chances of actually driving your vehicle during the rain were pretty slim.

    Now I live in Ill-a-noise where the rain is as abundant as liberalism. It seems I don't get more than a couple months of use out of the wipers before they start to go bad (kind of like our governors). I usually get my wipers (and diapers) at Wal-mart, but if anyone has any suggestions for where I can get good quality wipers, I'm all ears.
     
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    I have bought the $30 rainx and Bosch and they didn't last any longer for me than the $8 Walmart brand.

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    PIAA silicone blades.
     
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    Don't over spend on wiper blades. If you do, you're just throwing your money away.

    It's been my experience, the cheap ones last as long and work just as well as the pricey ones do. :popcorn2:
     
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    My factory installed 2012 Ford Focus wiper blades are the best thing ever, sill working like new! If that helps..
    I know it don't, but it's true. And I'm really bored :)

    They are the more expensive beam type which I do find work better, but don't necessarily last any longer.
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    Here in AZ., the sun's UV rays are killer on rubber products. And, paint finishes on cars / trucks. It's not at all unusual to see a car only a few years old, and the paint is going all to Hell already. :dizzy:
     
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    The rubber is simply oxidizing. Take a rag and wipe the rubber down it will come away all black but the wipers will work better. Usually can do that for a couple years every couple months as maintenance along with the rainx treatment until it doesn't help anymore. I usually wipe them with my rainx rag when I'm done. Probably does nothing but gets lots of black off of the wipers.
     
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    Try the orange rain x wiper fluid, it disperses water so well I hardly use my wipers
     
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    If you have the factory wipers, you can usually go to the dealership and just buy the inserts. They are cheap and easy to install. One of my commuter cars has over 230k miles and still has the original wipers. Just put new inserts in every spring and fall.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU2UBaYBjwE

    You can extend the life of the blades by cleaning your windshield at every fill up or after a snow storm. 4 Cups of H20, ½ cup white vinegar and 1t blue dawn dish soap, a spray bottle and squeegee. If your car looks just like a salt lick, be sure to do the lights and mirrors.
     
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    $16 version of the Bosch blades here, regular change out schedule item every 2-3 years. Heavy ice winters kill them sooner.
     
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    They don't last at all here either. Driving into work this morning in the pouring rain reminded me I need to pick up a pair. I usually get the cheapest ones at Napa. The expensive ones don't work any better or last any longer in my experience. Between lots of rain, salt, frost, ice, snow, hot summers and sun they don't make it too long.
     
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    Rain-X once a month, wipers rarely get used.
     
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    My dealership used to lure costumers in so mechanics could upsell their ass by offering new wiper blades with an oil change.
    If the customer was waiting I'd always tell em to keep the oem blades on because they were much better than the one's they were getting for free...
    If they wanted me to change them anyway I would but would advise them to keep the originals because the replacements wouldn't last through one Arkansas summer.
     
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    Blades are not working any longer here in Montana than what you are getting there in Illinois. I need to go back to using rain x monthly. Used to use it at least once a month in washington and only changed the blades out every couple of years.
     
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    Give them a swipe or two with emery cloth to sharpen them up. If not all dry rotted.
     
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    They just don't make anything as good as they used to. Wiper blades are a prime example. When I was young, a set of blades would last at least 2 years. Now, you're lucky to get 2 months.
     
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    I like the rainX expert fit. I don't like the beam type as they don't fit to the windshield if it curved much.

    My conclusion buy the lower cost Michelin, rainx, anco ECT and replace them every other oil change.
     
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    Bosch Icon. I get 2 years out of them.
     
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