Nuke-E Posted March 18, 2016 Report Share Posted March 18, 2016 Just thought I'd post a few observations I've had with wiper blades on my Volvo truck. I'm pretty picky when it comes to wipers, regularly make use of RainX, and frequently drive in rain (in the car, usually fast enough I don't need the wipers much at all). Mark--Feel free to copy over to the resource guide if you'd like. Several of the low profile beam style wiper blades challenged the wiper arm's ability to keep the blade against the windshield. Even with a helper spring on the wiper arm, these didn't stay in place long as I ended up with an unwiped area under the center of the blade a few inches wide. The smaller distance between the J-hook and the windshield surface isn't well tolerated. I've had reasonably good luck with both standard metal frame blades and Michelin Stealth blades (from Wal-Mart) in terms of working well. But both, like most wiper blades, are EPDM rubber which doesn't last all that long when exposed to the elements. On a whim a while back, I looked to see if anyone made wiper blades with silicone rubber. I came across 2 brands, PIAA and SilBlade. The SilBlade product comes with a 5-year warranty (though a lot of people legitimately complain that they charge shipping on replacements), and I've been pleased so far--they've been on the car for a while now. PIAA sells a refill that's a little cheaper than the whole frame. At first I thought the SilBlade wipers were a tad pricey direct from them, but they were available on Amazon considerably cheaper--$13.50 per blade, which competes with a generic replacement. Also, the catalogs in most auto parts stores, Wal-Mart, etc. won't include heavy trucks, but the wipers aren't anything special. Most truck parts catalogs list a 22" wiper blade for both driver and passenger side, but both accommodate a 24" blade without issue, and that'll sweep just a tad more of the windshield clean. In my case, the bonus is that 2 of the 3 blades on my Mazda also take a 24" size, which means I can keep fewer spares on hand. Thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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