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Old 04-14-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Third-Party Wiper Blades?

I'm possibly an idiot but someone please help with this...

I HATE the OE wiper blades on this car, they're way too soft. My windshield is covered in bug guts and these crappy stock blades don't get them off at all. They just smear them all over the glass.

I went and bought some Anco replacements from Wal Mart and I can't for my life figure out how to put these on. On my Taurus they just slide off and on simply, but this Focus wiper arm isn't remotely the same as the Taurus.

Will these Anco blades actually go on this car? If so, do I need to transplant any of the OE parts like the clip to the Anco's?

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Old 04-14-2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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It's probably a good idea to research if the part is compatible on your car before you buy it.

I have no problems with my OE wiper blades. For the rain, I did put on some RainX rain repellant. Try to use that and see if it improves anything. For bugs, I dont think your wiper blades is the problem and is probably same for any blade. Try to get a good bug remover washer fluid. RainX has them but I have no experience with them.
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I'm using rainx orange fluid and don't have any problems with my 8 month old OEM blades. Have you tried looking in your owners manual for the answer your looking for?
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I'm using rainx orange fluid and don't have any problems with my 8 month old OEM blades. Have you tried looking in your owners manual for the answer your looking for?
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I'm using OE fluid. If that's not sufficient then I don't know what to say.

What I'm really looking for here is what to do to get these aftermarket blades on.
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What I'm really looking for here is what to do to get these aftermarket blades on.
Hence why I asked if you checked the manual. Page 338 of the fourth printing. Wiper blades generally come with attachments too. Did you try those at all?
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Trico neoform wipers bar none are the best blades on the market have had the same blades on my 01 for 2 years. Rainx orange fluid is nice.
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Trico neoform wipers bar none are the best blades on the market have had the same blades on my 01 for 2 years. Rainx orange fluid is nice.
How much better are the Trico ones than say a rain-x pair of blades. Was thinking about just heading to the local walmart and getting a pair of blades and the orange fluid since I have a similar problem as the OP. Always a massive amount of crap on my windshield and the blades/fluid never seem to do anything.
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Hence why I asked if you checked the manual. Page 338 of the fourth printing. Wiper blades generally come with attachments too. Did you try those at all?
I do see a couple of online parts stores that claim both the '11 and '12 Focus take these Anco blades. I guess I'll keep playing with it as nobody here seems to know.

Unfortunately the owner's manual effectively amounts to "remove the old blades and install the new ones."
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It's probably a good idea to research if the part is compatible on your car before you buy it.
Oh, thanks for the tip. I didn't have my wiper blade brand compatibility manual with me when I bought these.

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I have no problems with my OE wiper blades. For the rain, I did put on some RainX rain repellant. Try to use that and see if it improves anything. For bugs, I dont think your wiper blades is the problem and is probably same for any blade. Try to get a good bug remover washer fluid. RainX has them but I have no experience with them.
I do not have this problem whatsoever on my 2 other vehicles with Anco blades. They wear out more quickly but they actually clean the windshield and cost 1/4th to 1/3rd the price of the OE blades.

It is absolutely these OE blades that are the problem. Have you ever removed them? They're floppier than a limp hot dog. Frankly, they suck for rain, too, in comparison to anything else I've ever used.
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Oh, thanks for the tip. I didn't have my wiper blade brand compatibility manual with me when I bought these.


I do not have this problem whatsoever on my 2 other vehicles with Anco blades. They wear out more quickly but they actually clean the windshield and cost 1/4th to 1/3rd the price of the OE blades.

It is absolutely these OE blades that are the problem. Have you ever removed them? They're floppier than a limp hot dog. Frankly, they suck for rain, too, in comparison to anything else I've ever used.
I haven't removed them yet. I did want to switch it out for a RainX brand though, but I decided to do it after the winter. My dealer replaced them a week ago during my 2nd oil change with the RainX wiper blades I bought. It was free of charge coz it was under the maintenance plan so I let them worry about it.

Try to get RainX windshield treatment products. They help a lot and is half the price of wiper blades.
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