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Replace entire thing 97 77.60%
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:43 PM   #1
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Your NASIOC Administrator When replacing wiper blades, entire thing or just the rubber part?

I always thought that when your wiper blades get worn, you just replace the rubber part. Well I was at Vatozone the other day to buy some windshield washer fluid, which they had none in stock , I noticed that like 85% of the wiper section are entire wipers, while they only have one company for wiper blade refills...
Why replace the whole thing, more money and waste, when you can just replace the rubber part?

edit: wtf is that thing in the icon???
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:43 PM   #2
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Entire thing. Replace them with the Bosch Ikon blades. They rule.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:43 PM   #3
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I always replace teh whole thing...just something I've always done, it's easier to replace that, usually.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:43 PM   #4
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^ yea I saw them, Valeo replicas FTW!!!!!
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:45 PM   #5
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I honestly didn't know you could replace just the rubber part.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:45 PM   #6
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What size are they again?

20A
17B ?

Where can I get them? ?? My local Autozone / whatever is always out. Ive heard good things about the Bosch Icon...
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:46 PM   #7
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I attempted to replace my wife's wiper blades on her Cavalier. There's some voodoo trick you have to do, and I ended up putting 6 dents in her hood from my elbow.

I just thought I'd share...
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:47 PM   #8
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last time i replaced my wiper blades i used the rain x ones...they work pretty good
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:51 PM   #9
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I attempted to replace my wife's wiper blades on her Cavalier. There's some voodoo trick you have to do, and I ended up putting 6 dents in her hood from my elbow.

I just thought I'd share...

Anger management needed?
yea wiper blades are like "WTF GET THE **** OFF THE ARM!!!!" but once you get the hang of it, lift the arm, flip the wiper and look for a tab looking thing on it, press tab, and slide out FTW!, it ain't so bad.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:56 PM   #10
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they make a bigger profit selling the entire blades rather than the rubber inserts that wear out. some of those gimmicky blades cost like $20 each!
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:57 PM   #11
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What size are they again?

20A
17B ?

Where can I get them? ?? My local Autozone / whatever is always out. Ive heard good things about the Bosch Icon...
For the Bosch Ikon:
22A for driver side
17B for passenger side

RainX also has a similar product now called Latitude. I have not yet seen them in stores so I don't know how they compare to the pricing on the Ikon. One thing I'm not sure I like about the Latitude is that they seem to be less smoothly curved than the Ikon.
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Old 02-25-2007, 06:58 PM   #12
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Subaru is still replacing mine for free cause of the warranty FTW!

But they only replace the rubber. I dont' care though as long as the wipers keep working really good.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:00 PM   #13
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If you still got the factory wiper arms, replace the rubber. They'll set you back about $3/each. Buy the arm, and you're out $8-20 each.




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Old 02-25-2007, 07:08 PM   #14
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I need to replace mine every 3 months Salt air FTL
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:19 PM   #15
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Procedure for replacing wiper blades on a 1994 acura integra (must be performed in the freezing rain of a freak ice storm in the middle of nowhere TX during a long road trip):

Stop and take off the passenger blade. Take it inside the crappy auto supply store and buy a duplicate.

Go outside (no gloves, of course) and try to replace the driver side one with the new one you just bought. It won't fit, so say "WTF!? How can this be?!".

Take the driver side old blade into the store, and exchange the new one you just tried for one that matches it.

Take this new blade out and try to put it on the passenger side. It won't fit, so curse profusely, shake your fist at the heavens and ask the gods why they keep changing your wiper mounts when you're in the store.

Then, while shivering, take out the owner's manual and discover that passenger and driver side blades really are different sizes.

Go back in store, repurchase recently exchanged blade, install new blades on car.

Drive five miles down the highway and discover that the new blades are nearly worthless when they freeze up at highway speeds anyway, which was probably the only "problem" with the old blades you just replaced.

eeeediot!
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:22 PM   #16
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The drivers side wiper on my wife's 05 OB has the little wing attached to the actual wiper. I have always had the dealership replace the blades under warranty, but now the car is out of warranty. I went to replace the blades with RainX blades and realized that there is nowhere to attach the wing, so now what? Do I just forget about the wing or do I have to get the OEM blades so the wing can be attached. On my WRX the wing is attached to the actual arm so any wiper can be used.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:26 PM   #17
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^ wth? that spoiler thing is usually attached to the arm on other cars, not the wiper itself...
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:33 PM   #18
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^ wth? that spoiler thing is usually attached to the arm on other cars, not the wiper itself...
I know, that is what threw me off. I went to replace the blade and the wing came off with it. I looked and there are screws to hold it on, but the blade has to have the attachment points which I'm assuming only the OEM blades do.
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Old 02-25-2007, 07:41 PM   #19
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o... well I guess those wipers need the wings? I would just leave them off...
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:22 PM   #20
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Regular Rain-X blades from Walmart. They are like $10 each, FTW.
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:41 PM   #21
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Get silicone wipers (piaa, triple-edge). They'll last much longer and provide better visibility.

<-- 2 years now on the same wipers
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:49 PM   #22
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:53 PM   #23
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What the? how many peopel replace whole arm, way to be efficient people. You only need replace arm if it gets mauled in a carwash or something.
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