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Old 11-24-2019, 11:34 PM   #1
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Angry Wiper blades

Wtf are they so expensive? I mean some are $30+ ea!
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Old 11-25-2019, 06:33 AM   #2
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agreed,
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:03 AM   #3
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because people pay for it.
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:12 AM   #4
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The ones that set you back 30 bucks in the store are typically about 10 bucks on rockauto. Since I have so many of the same truck I keep a bunch of spare parts on hand and like the Valeo premium beam wipers.
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Old 11-25-2019, 07:42 AM   #5
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In my experience, wiper blades rarely last much longer than a year no matter what quality I buy and the expensive ones don’t really do more than the cheap ones. I swap out mine yearly with the cheap Michelin ones and they work great. They’re like $6 a piece at Walmart

New is key, not quality imo
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:24 AM   #6
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In my experience, wiper blades rarely last much longer than a year no matter what quality I buy and the expensive ones don’t really do more than the cheap ones. I swap out mine yearly with the cheap Michelin ones and they work great. They’re like $6 a piece at Walmart

New is key, not quality imo
I was going to say the exact same thing.. I've tried a couple of the expensive ones over the years, and they still don't last more than about 12 months (here in Texas). That said, the last set of Duralast I bought for the van only lasted like 4 months.. :/

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Old 11-25-2019, 09:26 AM   #7
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I got this surprise recently for my DD Honda also. WTF? $50 for 3 wipers! I'll plan further ahead next time and use RockAuto or Amazon.

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Old 11-25-2019, 09:34 AM   #8
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I got this surprise recently for my DD Honda also. WTF? $50 for 3 wipers! I'll plan further ahead next time and use RockAuto or Amazon.
Autozone and Walmart both usually have some under $10 a piece..
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:45 AM   #9
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im guilty . i use the $ rainx blades. but i keep them clean . how many people actually clean the wiper blades during summer ? mine are 3 years old and still good .
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Old 11-25-2019, 09:55 AM   #10
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:55 AM   #11
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Thanks for the Rock Auto tip, it never occurred to me to look there. As to the waxing the windshield, I've used RainX for years and will continue, but it doesn't seem to affect the life of the blades. Once they cease to wipe clean on the first pass, I change em.
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Old 11-25-2019, 11:27 AM   #12
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Just buy the refills. Everything’s a ripoff nowadays.
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Old 11-25-2019, 12:37 PM   #13
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Buy the cheapest BEAM style wipers you can find

Clean the wiper every few months with an alcohol soaked cotton ball. This will keep them clean and wiping good for many months.

When all else fails and you still don't want to buy new ones then take a piece of fine grit sandpaper and rub up and down on the blade about 10 times. This can make them wipe like new again.
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Old 11-25-2019, 04:28 PM   #14
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I hear ya on that. I went to Rock Auto to replace the OE Motorcraft wipers on my wife's MKC. I think I spent over $50 for the complete package i.e. (driver, passenger, hatch). It was cheaper than you would pay at Lincoln parts dept.

It's expensive for the same reason that men's Razors are so expensive. Because you need them.

Wipers don't last longer than a year in Texas. It's a good business to be in. I imagine they make bank.
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Old 11-25-2019, 04:42 PM   #15
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I was able to get a pair of trico premium winter blades shipped for $22 where I couldn't have gotten one for that much locally. Thanks again for the Rock Auto tip, it saved me some beer money.
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Old 11-25-2019, 05:39 PM   #16
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Rockauto has a discount code for 5 or 10% off
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Old 11-25-2019, 05:42 PM   #17
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Old 11-26-2019, 07:12 PM   #18
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im guilty . i use the $ rainx blades. but i keep them clean . how many people actually clean the wiper blades during summer ? mine are 3 years old and still good .
I clean mine every time I get gas and clean the windshield. I also oil them buy rubbing some 'face' oil on them.
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Old 11-27-2019, 01:00 PM   #19
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You're supposed to clean these things?
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