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What is the secret to having windshield wiper blades work perfectly?

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Kaieye

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I have installed new blades on different cars plus cleaning the windshield first. They all work like crap even after installing new blades.

Do I have to adjust the tension of the spring? Do I need to use Windex first before I install new blades?

What is your secret?

Help!!!!!!!!
 

zerocool84

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I've used Rain-X blades and they worked great. Of course they worked best with clean glass but even after I've sprayed some fluid on them with the hood sprayers, they still worked awesome. Don't buy cheap blades would be my only solution. It's not like they're expensive.
 

Howard

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Depends on how your windshield is curved. Some wipers are pretty much straight, while some are very concave.

EDIT: Cheap blades have worked best for me.
 

LTC8K6

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You may not be getting the windshield clean. Try a different cleaner like Invisible Glass by Stoner. Also try using a plastic scrubby sponge for dishes. Sometimes those road deposits/tree sap/etc., are difficult to remove.

Tree sap can be on there in very tiny nearly invisible dots. They can be difficult to see, and they make your wipers work very poorly.

Also, clean the blades as well.
 

Vetterin

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Originally posted by: LTC8K6
You may not be getting the windshield clean. Try a different cleaner like Invisible Glass by Stoner. Also try using a plastic scrubby sponge for dishes. Sometimes those road deposits/tree sap/etc., are difficult to remove.

Tree sap can be on there in very tiny nearly invisible dots. They can be difficult to see, and they make your wipers work very poorly.

Also, clean the blades as well.
+1. No blades will work good if the window is crapped up. I have been using Bon Ami for years to clean my windows with great results. As far as the blades themselves, wipe them down with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol.
 

DivideBYZero

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Originally posted by: Vetterin
Originally posted by: LTC8K6
You may not be getting the windshield clean. Try a different cleaner like Invisible Glass by Stoner. Also try using a plastic scrubby sponge for dishes. Sometimes those road deposits/tree sap/etc., are difficult to remove.

Tree sap can be on there in very tiny nearly invisible dots. They can be difficult to see, and they make your wipers work very poorly.

Also, clean the blades as well.
+1. No blades will work good if the window is crapped up. I have been using Bon Ami for years to clean my windows with great results. As far as the blades themselves, wipe them down with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol.
This is excellent advice. Many people buy new blades when this could have the same effect.
 

bruceb

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I was about to suggest the alcohol rub, but I see it has already been mentioned. It will work wonders, as will the Bon Ami trick on the glass.
 

evident

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i am tempted to just get the oem replacement blade inserts from now on. i bought the top of the line bosch micro edge blade for my honda and it is missing some parts of the windshield. they started getting better as they aged though, i guess they started to "curve" more to the windshield.
 

mooseracing

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Originally posted by: evident
they started getting better as they aged though, i guess they started to "curve" more to the windshield.
They are also wearing into the windsheild.
 

FeuerFrei

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Originally posted by: Kaieye
I have installed new blades on different cars plus cleaning the windshield first. They all work like crap even after installing new blades.

Do I have to adjust the tension of the spring? Do I need to use Windex first before I install new blades?

What is your secret?

Help!!!!!!!!
If you're just replacing the rubber inserts, then 'yes' it could well be time for a new blade assembly. Or maybe you could just oil the joints so it flexes freely.

 

Jahee

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Originally posted by: Vetterin
Originally posted by: LTC8K6
You may not be getting the windshield clean. Try a different cleaner like Invisible Glass by Stoner. Also try using a plastic scrubby sponge for dishes. Sometimes those road deposits/tree sap/etc., are difficult to remove.

Tree sap can be on there in very tiny nearly invisible dots. They can be difficult to see, and they make your wipers work very poorly.

Also, clean the blades as well.
+1. No blades will work good if the window is crapped up. I have been using Bon Ami for years to clean my windows with great results. As far as the blades themselves, wipe them down with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol.

Or vinegar..
 

rezinn

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Or water.

Whenever I fill up, I clean my windshield and wipe the wipers blades with a damp paper towel. The key is to have clean glass and clean blades. Usually people don't clear their blades - but junk does get stuck on them.
 

Tommouse

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This might be a bit extreme, but clay baring your windshield might help. It helps to remove all the tiny tiny contaminants that (if they get bad enough) could prevent the blades from making a nice flush connection with the glass.
 

zerocool84

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Originally posted by: RU482
I always wax the glass when I wax the rest of the car
I've always heard that it's recommeneded but never did it. I've claybared my glass before.
 
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