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Nitroracer (Forum Supporter)
Nitroracer (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
6/13/21 9:06 p.m.

I'm not sure what to pick when it comes to wiper blades that don't sound terrible running across my windshield.  I've tried numerous brands, try to keep away from the cheapest possible options rock auto sells and go go with brands I've heard of before like Valeo, AC Delco, ANCO, etc.  None of this seems to matter much.  Maybe I'm just expecting them to last longer than they really do?  What suggestions do you have on models that are worth buying?  I'm about to replace a windshield and I'm putting a fresh set on the car.

racerfink
racerfink UltraDork
6/13/21 9:16 p.m.

I just bought some Michelins a few months ago.  Best wiper blades I’ve ever used.  They are expensive, but they move water, don’t leave streaks, and are silent.  Here in Florida, with all the other brands I’ve used, you have to replace blades every year.  The sun will bake them out, making them rather useless during rainy season.

rslifkin
rslifkin UberDork
6/13/21 9:24 p.m.

I'm a big fan of the PIAA Super Silicone blades.  The ones on the Jeep have been on there for several years of DD-ing and several more of mostly sitting and still work great.  And the ones on the boat are the only blades I've seen go through an entire summer baking in the sun and still work like new. 

Carbon (Forum Supporter)
Carbon (Forum Supporter) UberDork
6/13/21 9:29 p.m.

Bosch icons

tremm
tremm Reader
6/13/21 10:28 p.m.

Check out project farm on youtube, they did a long term review on the popular recommendations

LarryNH (Supporter)
LarryNH (Supporter) GRM+ Memberand Reader
6/13/21 10:32 p.m.

I expect 6 to 9 months from blades.  I buy from FCP Euro and get them replaced for free.  If they carry what you need, this keeps me safe at a low cost.

garaithon
garaithon Reader
6/14/21 4:15 a.m.

I have always had the best luck with OEM blades. Any "good" wiper blade seems to be $30+ each anyway, might as well spend it on what came on the car new. 

dean1484
dean1484 GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/14/21 6:15 a.m.

Bosch seem to be good. I have them on 2 cars. 

noddaz
noddaz GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/14/21 6:50 a.m.
garaithon said:

I have always had the best luck with OEM blades. Any "good" wiper blade seems to be $30+ each anyway, might as well spend it on what came on the car new. 

This.  I have had Acura/Honda blades on my Jetta for years.  Yes, you read that right.  I work at an Acura store, so there you are.  

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/14/21 6:56 a.m.
Carbon (Forum Supporter) said:

Bosch icons

This is the way.

Rodan
Rodan SuperDork
6/14/21 8:14 a.m.

In my experience none of them are as good as they were 10 years ago, but it may just be that I live in AZ and nothing survives the sun here.

adam525i
adam525i GRM+ Memberand Dork
6/14/21 8:43 a.m.

If all of the blades you are trying are squeaking it might be the angle of the blade on the windshield causing that problem. If it only squeaks in one direction I would try tweaking the arm a bit to get the blade more perpendicular to the windshield and seeing if that makes an improvement.

captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/14/21 8:58 a.m.

I'm more interested in a washer fluid that stands up to clearing the guts from multiple cicada impacts in rapid succession. Not even the magic RainX orange is up to the task. 

93gsxturbo
93gsxturbo UltraDork
6/14/21 9:46 a.m.

OEM Toyota for me.  The real ones from the dealer, not the sim-tos that the lube jockeys install.  

Jesse Ransom
Jesse Ransom GRM+ Memberand UltimaDork
6/14/21 9:54 a.m.

I suspect it's application specific (windshield shape?), but I got better coverage and less noise on the Mini by "downgrading" one step back from the flexible unit molded ones to the top of the "traditional steel multi-part frame" line. Bosch, generally.

Kendall_Jones
Kendall_Jones HalfDork
6/14/21 9:57 a.m.

I usually buy them from rockauto for super cheap (if I have time to plan ahead).  Bang for buck I always liked the motorcraft premium blades.  

Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter)
Tom_Spangler (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
6/14/21 10:19 a.m.
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) said:

I'm more interested in a washer fluid that stands up to clearing the guts from multiple cicada impacts in rapid succession. Not even the magic RainX orange is up to the task. 

I always treat my windshields with some kind of glass protectant like Aquapel or Griot's. Even regular old RainX is better than nothing. It helps to keep things like bug guts from sticking.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
6/14/21 10:22 a.m.

Honda OE inserts worked really well for me for years. GM has some good inexpensive beam style blades in different sizes.

SkinnyG (Forum Supporter)
SkinnyG (Forum Supporter) UberDork
6/14/21 10:23 a.m.

I buy the cheapest at my auto parts store, which is Bosch.  I replace them every fall. Zero complaints.

clutchsmoke
clutchsmoke UltraDork
6/14/21 10:56 a.m.

I use OEM Honda wipers. 

Tyler H (Forum Supporter)
Tyler H (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
6/14/21 12:14 p.m.

Cleaning the wiper occasionally with a microfiber and some alcohol will keep them working fine until they get sun-baked.  I've got about 70k miles on an OE Toyota set, still working fine.  

Aftermarket, the Bosch Icons are doing great on my truck which lives outside.  Aquapel every year or so.

 

pres589 (djronnebaum)
pres589 (djronnebaum) UltimaDork
6/14/21 12:20 p.m.

Bosch Icons on the front of my SX4 Sportback and they're great, I think I have three years on them and they're only starting to streak in a couple of spots so I'll probably replace them next spring.  I wish I could get one properly sized for the rear wiper.

APEowner
APEowner GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
6/14/21 2:35 p.m.

I've always been happy with TRICO blades.  Wiper blades are all they make and they're the OE supplier for many manufacturers.

newrider3
newrider3 Reader
6/14/21 4:17 p.m.

Is a $30 wiper blade really better than a $3 Trico from the Rock replaced annually every fall/winter? 

Ranger50
Ranger50 MegaDork
6/14/21 5:44 p.m.

$2.99 Chinese cheapies from rural king. Doesn't matter if I buy those or ones that are $30 a piece, they don't last when you run them dry across the windshield.

Bug guts: foaming glass cleaner and a razor blade.

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