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Old 11-28-2012, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Wiper blades

Preference on replacement wiper blades ? Ran by AutoZone, Advanced, and O'Reilly's. Only Advance had replacements inserts; the other 2 chains only had full assemblies. All show replacement inserts on their websites.

OEM lasted almost 3 years; Michelin latitudes about 6 months (started chattering).

Any suggestions for both year round ? also for winter ?

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Old 11-28-2012, 06:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have had success with the RainX whole blade replacements. I once spent the extra $ on the Bosch blades...wasn't impressed.
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The only ones I have used so far is OEM inserts. IIRC, the originals lasted about 4 years (longer than I expected!). That puts 3 years on the replacements, and I'm about to get new ones -- also OEM replacement inserts. They seem to last pretty well, do a good job, and are not expensive.
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Old 11-28-2012, 06:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I mostly use the full replacement from Walmart where is the best price for ANCO which I never had problems with them. I prefer to replace them once a year for the best performence.
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I go for the full blade replacement. The inserts are a PIA! Not that much difference in cost.

If you live in a metro area (Houston, Dallas, Detroit, NY, LA, etc.) the blades won't last long...maybe 6 months. If in a rural area or where there is clean air (where's that???) the blades last much longer. Ozone in the air in the metros is the killer on wiper blades.
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I go for the full blade replacement. The inserts are a PIA! Not that much difference in cost.

If you live in a metro area (Houston, Dallas, Detroit, NY, LA, etc.) the blades won't last long...maybe 6 months. If in a rural area or where there is clean air (where's that???) the blades last much longer. Ozone in the air in the metros is the killer on wiper blades.
Time to move down south into the country!
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Old 11-28-2012, 08:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Time to move down south into the country!
I did!!
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I bought a set of the cheap Bosch full replacements last spring and by fall they were toast. They usually last at least a year so I am not a happy camper. Last week I was at a Les Schwab tire center buying snow chains and it turns out they have full replacements for $7.95 each installed, so that's what I'm running now.
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I've said it before and I'll say it again: Bosch wipers suck! (Hopefully that sticks in everyone's heads so they don't get the pleasure of experiencing tons of streaking out of the boxes...all 4 of them for me before I gave up)

If you're considering a beam wiper, stick with Anco. If not, I always prefer the OEM inserts.
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Old 11-28-2012, 11:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I'm mad I threw away my OEM "arms" (is that what they are called??). The OEM inserts are great and last forever (well you get the idea)

Every aftermarket one I've used streaks like crazy after 6 months:
Rain-X Latitude
Rain-X Fusion
Michelin Hybrid Stealth wiper blades

They work great when new, but just don't last. You reallly can't go wrong with OEM. Plus my experience with beam wipers, avoid like the plague... The highlander uses a 26" wiper (not sure what the taco uses), and beams just don't work good on that long of a blade (they don't sit right, or give an even "wipe")
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The highlander uses a 26" wiper (not sure what the taco uses)
IIRC, Tacoma uses one 21" and one 22".
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IIRC, Tacoma uses one 21" and one 22".
Correct. The beam blades work better than hinged wipers IMO for the Taco. I do agree with sweeney for the HL because it has a very flat glass with a very long wiper. I'm sticking with OEM inserts on it (plus it has heated glass and protected hinges for snow unlike the Taco).
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I am a fan of the silicone blades based on longevity and the water-beading property. I used the PIAA ones and am getting 5 years out of them, vs 1.5 years for OEM rubber ones.
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I have had success with the RainX whole blade replacements.
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The Rain-X Latitude blades cost more than wiper blade refills, but I think they're worth it. I've had mine for several years now and they still work just fine. I live in Wisconsin, so good winter wipers are important to me. What I really like about the Latitude blades is that it's easy to break ice off of them... you can bend the entire blade to crack off the ice, unlike the OEM metal wipers.

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Old 11-30-2012, 07:28 PM   #15 (permalink)
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My Costco sells Michelin wiper blades.
Here's a link to the mfg site
http://www.michelinwipers.com/us-home.shtml
I don't know the long term but at 1 month they wipe real nice and look stealth.


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