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post #61 of 67

Some 1 piece wipers..(as mentioned) do not contact the windshield properly. Just how they can say..and install them on your car when they are completely unsafe.Some retailers quietly take them back no questions.(Because they have heard they are a safety concern. Duh).

Windshield angle. Aerodynamics. Any wiper..old..worn out..no rubber,,no frame haha  etc works fine on pre 97 GM Full size  vans.

There really is not a good wiper for Focus Wagons.Except for the rubber boot types below..but good luck finding one!

The older kind of winter wipers with the rubber boots..

These are a lot of nos.Not always available.If you buy these in  southern Ontario..good chance that the rubber is rotted.

They may last only a few minutes..then the rubber cracks and lets in whatever to freeze solid leaving you with no wipers.I buy several pairs of them for my vehicles when I can. They are the best. Do not expect them to last any more than about 3 months.I have bought different kinds of them at different places. I used to buy these and they would last a few years! The last few pairs I bought were just so crappy that even when new..and with good rubber..the metal in the hinges binds under some temperature/humidity conditions and you will only forget to bend them/flex them/crack the ice once..leaving you with no wipers. From then on you will do that every time you drive first thing..and the odd other time too.

Sometimes with new winter..rubber boot types..they are good..then a short time later the boots crack..crap gets in and of course freezes..then you get to try and strip off the rubber..and get the crap out..and flex them

With bare hands.

post #62 of 67

When Chance of Snow was about 5 years old he believed that one of the ultimate signs of success was having a vehicle with a rear windshield wiper!

post #63 of 67

Back to blades for a new season. 

 

12 months ago I moved up from run of the mill blades to Bosch Evolution, after about 40 years on about eight cars (two of us) on the least expensive blades.  I am now the maintainer of four cars thanks to the miracle of a family.  Between the four cars  I gathered a huge amount of data.  One car, parked outside, on a college campus with long winters.   Second car parked outside in the burbs, under trees, daily city driver.  Third car, daily commuter, 50/50 city/highway, garaged.  My car, is a daily commuter town/highway/summer dirt.back roads, winter ski seeker, garaged.  I often drive in the worst possible weather.  Not just winter, but torrential rainstorms as well.  Between all of them, we're putting on about 50K miles a year.  Wiper care is only afforded to my car.  The others take whatever is thrown at them, literally and figuratively.  We get snow/thaw cycles a lot, which makes the wiper crud buildup an ongoing issue. The wipers on the first two cars are rather abused by the drivers - pulling up the blades before the ice thaws, etc.  So real world here.  

 

In all cases, these blades have been well worth it.  In the 12 months, there are no reports of streaking, which has been the biggest complaint of all.  We don't use rain-x (someone once told me it degenerates the rubber blades more quickly). 

 

I've tried all the brands that the local autoparts stores carry and none have lasted me more than six months.   In my cases, I don't need new blades on any of them.  At this point, I'm probably break-even on the cost vs. cheaper blades.  But the aggravation factor has dropped precipitously.

 

This thread servers an important purpose since it seems that most of the 'generic" reviews I've read (a-la Amazon) do not reveal where the reviewers live or the type of driving they do.

 

Cheers!

post #64 of 67

Do you get much ozone up there?  As in 'can't let bike tubes sit unsealed through the summer or they rot before you take them out of the packaging'?

 

That's been the biggest killer of my wipers.    Rain-x wipers didn't even last 8 months before streaking and rubber erosion were visible.

post #65 of 67
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

Do you get much ozone up there?

I don't own an ozoneometer ;)

I have no clue.

post #66 of 67

I'd echo what Ghost said a way back..stock blade and just replace the rubber refill.  They're dirt cheap to replace and work well.  I lube the pivots on the blade to make sure they're all free and really that's the best for me.

post #67 of 67
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Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

Do you get much ozone up there?

I don't own an ozoneometer ;)

I have no clue.

 

:) It's one of those 'if you don't know then probably no' type things.

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