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01-13-2011 12:38 AM  7 years agoPost 1
busyflyin

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I am tired of replacing wiper blades. It seems like they last for only a few months and then I drop another $30 to buy the good ones. But today I may have stumbled on the perfect solution! One of my buddies is tight with a local repair shop and set me up to get a deal from them. But when we got there his buddy looked at my blades and said that he would just wipe them off with alcohol and they would be GOOD AS NEW! I can't believe it.. but it worked! You know how they start to studder across the windshield after a while.. well not any more!

Anyone else heard of this miracle cure?

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01-13-2011 12:38 AM  7 years agoPost 2
Tommy Z

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Nope, but thanks a bunch for sharing.

-Tommy Boy

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01-13-2011 12:43 AM  7 years agoPost 3
tom dubya

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Man I was just about to buy some new ones,thank god i'm a procrastinator. Thanks for passing on the tip.

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01-13-2011 12:47 AM  7 years agoPost 4
wrongler

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Give Rain-x a try, you wont use your wipers as much!

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01-13-2011 01:20 AM  7 years agoPost 5
fastflyer20

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And when it is time to replace them, Walmart sells Anco for $5, least expensive ones I have found. I tried the more expensive ones and never saw enough of a difference to justify the higher price.

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01-13-2011 04:51 AM  7 years agoPost 6
Salty

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X2 for Rain-X My wipers havent worked in my beater for years...wiper motor is buried (and fried) under the cowl/firewall...the only way to get it out is dislodge the trans which means dropping the front end....

Lots easier to slather some rain-x on the windows at regular intervals, I rarely ever use my wipers at all (on the wifie or the company car)

Love the stuff!

Ask your Doctor if getting off your ass is right for you.

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01-13-2011 06:12 AM  7 years agoPost 7
krashtagain

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Wiper blades are just like everything else we buy in America today from all around the world , JUNK !

If you're not living on the edge you're just taking up space !

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01-13-2011 12:31 PM  7 years agoPost 8
dsl11us

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yeah thats an ,and in the old trick, and in the summer use wd 40 for the bugs stuck on the car

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01-13-2011 12:40 PM  7 years agoPost 9
Ruff

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use wd 40 for the bugs stuck on the car
An easier trick is to use dryer sheet to get the bugs off. WD 40 will harm your paint and will certainly strip any wax off.

Wet dryer sheets will not harm paint and the bugs come right off.

Ruff

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01-13-2011 03:58 PM  7 years agoPost 10
helo_chris

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This is pretty well known in some BMW circles, since wipers for some models run as high as $60 EACH. 303 has a wiper treatment that cleans and lubricates the blades which helps to keep the rubber in good condition. Well worth the few bucks spent.

And yeah RainX is awesome. I use the rainx washer fluid and i rarely use mine either, mainly in heavy traffic when it is a constant mist that doesnt bead and run off.

http://www.autogeek.net/303wiptreat.html

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01-13-2011 11:21 PM  7 years agoPost 11
busyflyin

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Huh.. pretty good tips. But some of you don't understand.. I live in Michigan where the salt flies and dries on the windshield. RainX probably won't take care of that. But I'm going to try the dryer sheet thing on my Benz.

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01-14-2011 01:51 AM  7 years agoPost 12
helo_chris

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The salt dries on the windshield because it dissolves in the snow. The Rainx will help because it forms a slippery film. You will still get buildup but not nearly as bad. Plus with the RainX film after using it a while it cleans easier when you do have buildup.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

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01-14-2011 08:16 PM  7 years agoPost 13
Dennisu

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Go to Costco(US)(In Canada you have to order online) and get the Goodyear wipers. Only $8 for all sizes from 16 to 28 inch. They fit all mounts and they work better than any others I have used bar none. Canadian Costco has Michelin in store that are almost the same.

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01-15-2011 03:13 PM  7 years agoPost 14
dsl11us

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wd 40 will not harm your paint

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01-15-2011 04:43 PM  7 years agoPost 15
500Driver

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A couple passes with some very fine sandpaper on the blade will give them a 'fresh edge' too.

Found a little gizmo once that was a square piece of plastic with a small "U" channel cut into it with an 'abrasion' strip inset into the "U". Just run that down the blade a few times and it was like a new blade.

Could get a few seasons in New Hampshire with that trick and Rain-X.

Fortunately don't need wipers very often out here in Vegas

(Unfortunately they just get so dry and brittle in the sun that when you do need them they fall apart...haven't found a cure for that yet)

When in doubt...auto out

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01-15-2011 04:44 PM  7 years agoPost 16
500Driver

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It was something like this:

When in doubt...auto out

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01-15-2011 07:12 PM  7 years agoPost 17
Alpine

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Have found the Best wiper blades ever = Anco Contour blades , they are very good .

Roberto Munoz
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01-15-2011 08:05 PM  7 years agoPost 18
tzclark

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Dennisu, the abbotsford Costco stocks then atleast once a year and I do agree they are an awesome wiper.

I would rather be in a boat, with a drink on the rocks, then in the drink, with a boat on the rocks!

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01-15-2011 09:32 PM  7 years agoPost 19
gmcullan

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Southbridge, MA

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I just put a set of Bosch blades on my Forester. Quite nice, and they don't ice up like the stock Subaru blades.

Gerry Cullan,
Gaui 200, 255; T-Rex 250, 450 SE & SA, Mini-Titan, Blade 450

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01-15-2011 10:48 PM  7 years agoPost 20
helo_chris

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Fortunately don't need wipers very often out here in Vegas

(Unfortunately they just get so dry and brittle in the sun that when you do need them they fall apart...haven't found a cure for that yet)
Try the 303 Wiper Treatment, thats one of the things it does is lubricate and help keep the rubber soft. Would probably have to use it pretty regularly with the dry heat. But I bet it would help.

"There is a fine line between cutting edge and bleeding edge.."

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