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August 26, 2009 10:03 AM Subscribe
Why are windscreen wipers so, well, crap? Am I mistreating my wipers? Is there a better brand to use?
posted by twine42 to Travel & Transportation (19 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
The entire time I've been driving (I got my license in 94) I've been unimpressed with windscreen wipers.
Unless there's a good downpour, wipers always seem to leave multiple parallel streaks across the path of the blade. It's often bad enough that I consider it a risk to my view of the road.
It's always been the same on every car I've owned. I've used Bosch branded blades, motor factor own-brand blades, budget ones and OEM ones. They've all been awful. They work for maybe a week at most and then fail. This has been on everything from a 70s Austins to a 5 year old Skoda.
In fact, they're normally bad enough that I tend to put my cars in for their MOT test with spare blades in the boot, but the testers have never failed the car on them.
Presumably I'm being fussier than the testers.
Other than washing the car and using an all-over wax, I do no maintenance to the screen or blades. I used to try cleaning the blade itself, but I've given up on that as it seemed to make no difference.
So, what can I do to improve the performance of the blades? What blades (in the UK) could you recommend as being the best?