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post #1 of 22 Old 03-12-2010, 06:01 PM Thread Starter
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Windshield wiper problem.....

I just replaced my windshield wipers w/ Michelin Radius blades. In the center of the windshield the wiper leaves a 8"x4" (approx.) streak where it never touches the windshield. So, I switched them to the Rain-X Latitudes' (similar design to the Michelin Radius). The same thing happens.

I'm not sure what to do. The only things I can think of is try and shim the wiper somehow so that it contacts the windshield in this area or switch back to traditionally styled wiper blades. Has anyone else had this problem? If so what did you do to fix it? Or am I missing something about these style wipers and our cars? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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You should have just bought refills for the stock blades. They work great, and cost less than $10.


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I had that. There is a slight clip-looking offset thing that presses on the wiper from the wiper arm and makes it not touch. I don't have it anymore to take a picture, since I pulled it off. Unscrew whatever looks extraneous between the left wiper arm and wiper and it should work.

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i have rainx latitudes and they are great, but yea there is a THIN lines where the water will streak. my rainx latitudes are only less than 2 months old. no biggie though, visibility is still great and the blade itself looks awesome!

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I did the EXACT same thing as you and used the Michelin Radius from Costco to replace the old blades. I just switched back to stock arms with new refills and problem solved.
Apparently there's a little tag thing designed on the driver's side wiper arm to keep it from vibrating on the freeway which that interferes with the wider Michelins' blade.
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Just take the little clip thinger off the driver side arm - it's held on with one philips screw. I'm using the Trico Neoform wipers and they're as perfect as can be expected.

I'd like to find a way to stop the wiper arms from losing all tension when it's below -20C outside, but I can't fault the wipers for that.
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Yeah I saw the RainX Latitude and thought it would be cool, used them once then went back to OEMs

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Had the same problem with the Michelin's. Couldn't believe it. Tossed those within a week. Went with the RainX and had better results.

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Anco has the best wipers, hands down. I've been using nothing but Ancos for at least 10 years. Before that I fudged around trying all the different blades you all mention and then some. Nothing works better than Anco - at highway speeds they do not lift and do not streak at all for at least 3-4 months of use.

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I bought those expensive Rain-X and Bosch wipers before and had streaking problems with them both. Now I just buy the cheap Pro-line wipers from pepboys and swap them out every couple months. No streaking with them but they don't last too long.
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Those floppy wipers always streak a little bit. I havent had a pair that didnt when it was installed on the accord. Other cars its fine, maybe its because the driverside wiper is so long?

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I may have found the problem, but will not know for sure until the next rain. It's hard to explain, but on the blade itself there is a removable spacer w/ 3 different length slots. I think this will adjust the blade so that it contacts the windshield the full length of the blade. Before all of the blade was contacting exept where it connects to the wiper arm. I hope this will fix the problem. It would be nice if the Rain X Latitude package had better instructions (Michilen Radius ones too). I looked over the instructions several times and never seen anything about this spacer.

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There's a # of threads previously posted about this problem. I posted the following in one of them which along with some of the info from the previous posters explains the issues involved in replacing the drivers side blade.


"I tried some aftermarket blades (Bosch if I recall) on my wife's Accord a few years back. They didn't quite fit in the little bracket on the bottom of the driver's side wiper arm. I took the little bracket off which helped a little, but the blade kind of "skittered" a little. I got some new stock inserts, put the bracket back on, and refilled stock driver blade. It worked great.

I think the problem you are having is related to the replacement blade not fitting into that bracket properly. Notice it's only towards the bottom of the driver side blade. I never had another car with a bracket like it. I suspect the bracket is needed to keep the very large driver side blade stable. I guess it's kind of hit or miss whether an aftermarket blade will fit in that bracket properly. As a result, I feel that it's good advice to just stay with the stock blade at least for the driver side."

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I had that. There is a slight clip-looking offset thing that presses on the wiper from the wiper arm and makes it not touch. I don't have it anymore to take a picture, since I pulled it off. Unscrew whatever looks extraneous between the left wiper arm and wiper and it should work.
yep...my latitudes works fine after i removed the clip. had the same issue on my M3...had to remove the clip as well.

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I have a set of Bosch Icons on my car for 2 years and they work perfectly after I removed the bracket (below).





I probably wouldn't have switched to the bridgeless blades if it wasn't for the winters up here in NY. I just hate it when the bridges get jamed up with ice and snow during the winter; and those winter wiper blades with rubber boots over the bridge assemblies is straight up ugly! But now that I have a set of Bosch Icons on my car, and I don't think I'll ever go back to the OEM style blades; I just love the way the single blades perform throughout the year!


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