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Old 01-04-2004, 11:24 AM   #1
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Windshield Wipers

I have just recently had my foci for lil over a year now, and I already had to replace the wiper blades. I was just curious as if this was something common, or I just got a bad set from the factory. I thought a year was a lil soon to have to replace something like that. They weren't necessarily bad either, but were hard and were making the vibrating noise which is annyoying as hell, not to mention one of them was coming apart from the body of the blade. I replaced them with non other than the best blade I consider being out there which is Bosch. I did notice though, one downside to this, was the left blade has a special lip on it underneath. If you replace them, your going to loose that lip. I personally liked, but was just curious of why Ford put that on there. Whether it was for technical purposes, or just for the looks of it. Also something else I wanted to mention relating to wipers. In the past, when detailing any car I have had, I have always cleaned the blades when washing the car. I have never seen or heard of that causing any harm to the blade, but is it possible that when you wash them, could you be stripping a special coating or something that the blade has on it and would it keep them from lasting longer. It's sounds crazy and stupid, but it is possible.


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Old 01-04-2004, 11:26 AM   #2
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my blades are shit.. i have gone through 2 pairs of factory blades.. cant stand them one bit.. just havent had the time to get some decent ones tho..
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Old 01-04-2004, 12:42 PM   #3
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You should replace the wiper blades at least every year.*


* Your mileage may Vary
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Old 01-04-2004, 03:13 PM   #4
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Well that is a personal opinion on changing the blades every year, even though it's not a bad guideline to go by. It all depends on whether or not the car is out in the weather alot, or if it's garaged. Depending upon if you drive in the rain alot or not. Where you live at depending upon if you live in extreme heat areas, or extreme winter areas. There are millions of factors for sure. I've had 7 vehicles and this is only the 3rd time i've had to replace wiper blades. Granted, i've never kept a vehicle for more than 2 yrs and the first two times i've had to change them out was on older vehicles i've had. I did have an old chevy truck, put on brand new ones when i got it, and they lasted well over two years. It wasn't garaged, it set out in the steaming sun alot, not to mention, I didn't wash it as much, since it was an ol farm truck and it didn't matter. This is my 4th new vehicle to have, and like I have mentioned, I haven't kept long of them to really know how long they will last, but I have had all of them well over a year and never have had to replace them up to now. I guess the quality of products aren't as well from the factory anymore, or it could be just the fact I got lemon blades on mine, just as their are lemon cars. It really doesn't matter, being that I love my foci, am still very satisfied with it. It was well worth the $20 I spent on blades, and I was just wondering out of curiousity as I have never had to replace them this soon. Thanks for all your input and if anyone else has anything, feel free to mention, as I would love to hear about it.
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Old 01-04-2004, 03:51 PM   #5
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Yea I think it may be personal opinion about changing the blades once a year. I live in NH, my car is parked outdoors and I change mine probably twice a year.. seems to be good for me.
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It may be a personal opinion but sometimes its best to have a set amount of time on something before you need to replace it. I try to replace mine once a year, whether they really need it or not. It just works out best this way, for me anyway.
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Old 01-04-2004, 07:31 PM   #7
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The "lip" on the stock wiper arm is there to prevent buffeting of the wiper at highway speeds. Rubber [organic] wipers have an effective life of ~6 months. I covered this in another wipers thread, but I'll paste it here as well:

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First off, no windshield should be driven without a coating of Rain-X. Secondly, go to Wal-Mart and pick up some Rain-X Windshield Washer Fluid/Bug Remover, it's the best $1.84 you'll spend on your car. This formula has washer fluid, Rain-X solution, and Bug Remover - it's fantastic! Thirdly, buy yourself some TriplEdge silicon wipers. They cost the same as rubber ones and WILL last the life of the vehicle. Here's why:

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Traditional wiper blades are constructed of rubber made of coal and oil, which is carbon. The structural bonds of carbon are weak and react easily with other chemicals that break these bonds. Carbon in organic rubber blades reacts with the sun's energy and deteriorates over time, causing the wiper to crack and tear. Further exposure to ozone and driving conditions continues the breakdown process of rubber in the environment. Organic rubber is simply not designed to withstand the elements. Organic rubber blades can not endure temperature extremes and lose their functional qualities outside -40F and 80F. For these reasons, organic rubber wiper blade manufacturers recommend that their customers replace their blades every 6 months.

Silicone is inorganic and inert. Its base formula begins with the Silica rock. It will not break down even after years of exposure to harsh conditions. Silicone blades retain their functional qualities from -100 F to +400 F while offering superior wipe quality! Motorists can rely on TRIPLEDGEPremium Silicone Blades for reliable windshield clearing even after years of use. You might say TRIPLEDGE is designed by nature. Silicone is made of natural earth materials, and it naturally resists ozone and ultraviolet light, road grime, automotive fluids, solvents, ice and of course, rain!


Silicone Strength
Silicone blades do not stick to frozen windshields. Unlike organic rubber, silicone will not absorb moisture over time causing ice build up in freezing driving conditions.
Silicone blades are extremely durable. Unlike organic rubber wipers, silicone blades do not dry out, or "set" after long exposure to Ozone, Ultraviolet Rays, Ice and Snow, heat and cold.
Silicone blades provide superior wipe quality years after organic rubber wipers have failed.
All Silicone blades by JAMAK Fabrication, Inc. come with a guarantee to last as long as you own you car.
Silicone has superior resistance to fuels, oils, acid rain, washer fluid and road grime.
Silicone is naturally resistant to extreme temperatures. It retains its functional qualities from -100F to +400F.
Silicone blades are an environmentally conscious solution because they are inert and will not harm the environment.
Only JAMAK Fabrication, Inc., can offer silicone blades at the same price as current premium blades on the market.
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One year is about right for the life of a wiper blade. The factory blades are bosch, if you look real close you will see the bosch logo.
You can extend the life by cleaning your blades from time to time. Just wet a cloth with washer solvent and run it up and down the blades edge.
Acid rain, ozone, and other chemicals in the air will damage the rubber as well. So once a year is a pretty good deal, if you think about it.
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Old 01-04-2004, 10:40 PM   #9
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Your windshield wipers may not necessarily be bad. A lot of people have dirt and grime build up no their wipers and they never wipe it off. After a while the wipers lose their ability to wipe and people replace them. Also lots of grime builds up on your front windshield that never goes off. You may not see it but I think it's there. I'm gonna try a little goo-gone and see if it helps. (I have my reasons). RainX helps with your wiper blades doing their job also.

I have tried damn near every type of wiper blade I can get my hand on and my choice of blade is TRICO blades from Pepboys. Factory replacements that work like a charm.
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Thanks for all your responses. Yea, I figured that is what the lip was for knight, but didn't know for sure. Also didn't realize the factory blades were bosch. I'll take a look at them since I didn't throw them away. I really don't have much of a preference myself, but that was what my brother recommended and went with that. The few other times i've had to replace blades, i've used Anco, and they worked just fine. I did clean my blades, I clean them everytime I detail my car which is 2 - 3 times a month. Even cleaned them and the windshield with alcohol, which is what was recommended for the wiper skipping which is what the right one was doing. The left wiper was actually fine, and as far as the condition on the both of them, the rubber on them were still soft and still in very good shape, but what was causing the skipping on the right one is as I mentioned, the rubber on the right one was coming away from the body of the blade. Nonetheless, it was either listen to the annyoying sound of the wiper skipping, or replace them, which is what I did.
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