I have a Honda Accord nearing 300K. It could be that my winshield has
too many small pitts that make my windshield wipers wear out quickly
(2-months). I clean them once a month with rubbing alcohol and polish
my winshield with newspaper every 2-weeks or so.
I have always used aftermarket blades. But I see no difference in
longevity between the more expensive and cheaper brands/models.
I thought about trying the OEM blades, but they are pricey at the
Has anyone noticed any longevity differences in Honda OEM blades vs.
I am sure that at least five people will jump in and tell you that you MUST
use OEM blades! I don't know why because there are many good brands out
there to be had at prices far less than OEM at the dealer. That said, I
think part of your problem is cleaning them with isopropyl alcohol. IIRC
this actually has a degrading effect on the rubber in the blades. Hot water
and dishsoap with a good rinse will clean them just as well as anything. I
don't really think you will notice any significant difference in the
longevity of a quality aftermarket wiper blade and the OEM ones....
There's a very good possibility of that. It's happened to me more than
Five dollars is pricey?
However, if you've discarded the metal wiper blades themselves, then yes,
OEM is expensive (~$40 per side). But only the first time. After that it's
five dollars per side for the rubber refill.
OEM lasts longer and works better (six months to a year). In my humble
opinion, which is based on 18 years of trying everything out there and
eventually going back to the five dollar OEMs.
We had this discussion about a week ago and Tegger you called the price
at $5. I stopped by the Honda dealer in Manassas. Retail for both
sides were $13. That seemed to be pricey. Maybe you get a special
rate, but I don't.
Maybe your wipers are longer and more expensive than mine. Mine are just a
bit over $5 each, no discount.
I still think $13 is pretty good for OEM quality versus aftermarket
quality. When people complain about their wipers, they're almost always
OK, $14 each, then. I stand corrected. But mine are $5 each. My last
invoice (with 10% discount because I spend so much there) shows $4.95 each.
Still, I've had way too much annoying trouble with aftermarket over the
years, mostly smearing and squeaking. That's the reason I stopped (in
disgust) using aftermarket and went back to OEM. Best decision I ever made.
If aftermarket is working for you, go for it. Too often they did NOT work
for me. Of if they did, it was only briefly before the streak & squeak came
In any case, wiper rubbers should be changed twice a year for optimum
On 3/24/2009 3:37 PM Tegger spake these words of knowledge:
Of course they should, but I change mine (as most folks, I imagine) when
they bug me enough to do so. Probably once a year, or so. But I agree
about when they *should* be changed. ;^)
All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit
it. I myself deny it.
Most people I've seen change their wipers whenever the rubbers start
peeling into CheeseStrings, or whenever they can't see out the
windshield anymore, whichever comes last. Two, three years, maybe more.
An update here, regarding my boss's '03 CR-V.
He went to some Jelly Lube quick-change place yesterday for an engine
oil swap. The monkeys there badgered him into replacing his wipers with
new ones (from them, of course). This he allowed, just to get them off
his back (monkey on his back, ha ha). He did not actually use the wipers
until this morning. He tells me that the first time he turned the wipers
on they were getting tangled up in themselves during their sweep, so he
got a pair of cutters and snipped off the end of one of the wipers,
after which the assembly flew apart when next used.
Of course, Jelly Lube's lower primates did not give my boss back his
expensive OEM wiper blades, so there's no ready fallback.
Gonna look at this myself tomorrow and see what's precisely wrong.
I LOVE AFTERMARKET!
You bin spyin' on me pal???
Actually, I get two to three years out of a pair of refills.
1. I use Rain-X which often results in the wipers not being turned on.
2. Texas is notorious for lengthy droughts.
(Who ain't cheap but frugal!)
Fixed the problem today.
Here's the setup I found:
Turns out the Jelly Lube place installed the wrong lengths of wiper blades
(from 2 different brands). In a way, this was fortuitous, since it flushed
out another problem.
The glass place that replaced the windshield a couple of years ago somehow
managed to swap the arms left for right (so they were on the wrong sides).
This did not become obvious until the blades were replaced with the Jelly
Lube ones I saw today. The original OEM blades appear to have had just
enough clearance that they didn't foul on each other during their sweep.
Not only all that, but both wiper arm nuts were only slightly more than
finger-tight, so there had been some slippage of the arms on their
spindles. The spindle splines were partially flattened and smeared. How the
wipers didn't eventually get turned around 180 degrees I don't know.
I put the arms on the correct sides, replaced the blades with new OEM ($25
each; includes the rubber), and tightened the nuts properly. My boss tells
me he can't remember ever before having wipers that worked so well.
Aftermarket parts + incompetent servicing = disaster.
And finally, the parts guy at the local Honda dealership says he has no
wiper refills that cost any more than $6. Where you guys are getting $14
refills from is a mystery to me.
2006 Civic Si, Passenger Blade 25.62, Driver is not listed for some
reason, but being the longer of the two, and with my experience, a
couple bucks more...
The local dealers did not "carry" the refill blades, just the
assembly, and I needed the assembly anyhow, as the stupid clips don't
last a damn on these things. The passenger blade clip broke after a
Of course, Majestic sells THAT, too... ;-)
I ended up buying Trico's that have lasted almost 2 years now, but are
just starting to streak, so are slated for replacement...
Joe - Linux User #449481/Ubuntu User #19733
joe at hits - buffalo dot com
On 3/24/09 11:47 PM, in article email@example.com,
Look again - the refill rubber is $3.22. If by "clip" you mean the end
caps, they are $2.30. If by "clip" you mean the center "element" that holds
the blade to the arm, that's $1.61.
The $25.62 is "suggested retail" for the whole blade assembly (they sell it
for $17.93). It is sort of strange that they left off the price for the
driver side blade assembly, especially since its identified in the diagram.
I have become totally disillusioned with the local dealers (there are
three). They all have their parts jacked up to about 3X retail and as you
say, tend to not carry the cheaper essentials like wiper blade fillers at
all. If it weren't for places like Majestic on the net, we'd never know
what the price of some of these things is supposed to be.
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