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Old 01-14-2020, 01:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Got to bitch about something seeing that there's still no snow here. Well, i needed a new set of wiper blades, went down to the local napa auto part store to buy some. They must of had 20 different types, and sizes from 1/2 dozen manufactures. Now, i just want some wiper blades that don't cost more than a tank a gas. Found these basic el' chap's that cost $12 for just one blade. What happened? back in the day they use to be sold for a similar amount as a pair? You were even able to buy the rubber inserts.
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well I'll tell you this too , wiper blades ain't made that great anymore, even the HIGH dollar one's
last winter, while on a sled trip I had one freeze and tear, stopped at a chain auto store, they had top line Bosh Icon on sale, so grabbed one
a week later other side wper tore in some ice storm??
again, hit first chain auto store, had the top shelf Rain X (forget what model, but at the time was so called BEST one they made) on sale, so tried one of them, and wanted to see if there was a difference or not
and neither was CHEAP even on sale! but figured I don;'t mind paying for something if its better or lasts longer!
well a yr later, BOTH of them are failing, one leaves streaks like made, and the other one squeaks like crazy and has a stutter to it
so in need of two new one's a yr later
OEM one's lasted 3+ years! so going back to them when I get to dealer! and there are always sales on them there too!

like most things made today, over priced and designed to fail, so you buy more!
fancy marketing makes you THINK your getting something better!
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OEMs wipers are generally higher quality, but you can get a longer life out of Bosch and RainX ones if you wipe them with silicone periodically.
I think a lot of the times the automatic car washes with all their waxes, etc are what cause problems with the wipers nowdays.
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I replace my wipers every year at the start of winter. Bosch Icon or similar.
No complaints.

The time of year I notice the most degradation of the rubber on the blades is hot sunny summer days.
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Rock Auto has Bosch icon wiper blades for $5. The chain parts stores can suck it! They want $23.99 each for same blade!
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I guess i can't complain about their longevity. Wiper blades usually last me 5-6 years. I always buy the cheapest trico replacement ones. Never go the car wash's, or even wash my vechile's very often, maybe the reason they last longer. I hadn't bought wiper blades in a few years so i was shocked where they've gone....got to thinking they must be made out some exotic materials now.
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Rock Auto has Bosch icon wiper blades for $5. The chain parts stores can suck it! They want $23.99 each for same blade!
Do they have free shipping to? Usually when you buy wiper blades online price is close to the same as at the auto parts store...their price is figured in with shipping.
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Rock Auto has Bosch icon wiper blades for $5. The chain parts stores can suck it! They want $23.99 each for same blade!
Thanks, just bought some.
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Sunlight is hard on any rubber parts. Park inside if you have the option.

Also, I had been using RainX to make the wipers more efficient. It works well, but don't last that long. Lately I found Aquapel Glass Treatment. It does the same thing but lasts almost a year, but ya gotta go to a glass or detailing shop to have it installed. Now I just buy cheap wiper blades.
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Just got a set of wipers for my car oem 18$ a side and well worth the money. I will use oem whenever I can especially with brakes the aftermarket ones last not even 1/4 the miles as a oem set. We call them craptamarket parts at my work insurance companies love the craptamarket parts.
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