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Old 01-14-2014, 04:25 AM   #1
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Michelin Stealth wiper blades suck

They were returned for a refund and replaced with something that actually works. That is all.

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Old 01-14-2014, 06:24 AM   #2
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Are they as bad as the Rain-x Latitude?
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:03 AM   #3
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Good to know, thanks

Sometimes there's no better mouse trap. I've been happy with O.E. on my Honda. They sell just the rubber insert, so it's not much $$.
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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OE blades usually are the best IMO.

The craptastical Michelin blades were replaced with rainx latitudes because that's what I could get my hands on last night. I've had good luck with rainx blades in the past, hopefully these wont disappoint.

I cant believe that Michelin would put their name on that shit. They streaked and skipped right out of the box even after several windshield cleanings. The replacement rainx blades are perfect.

Next time I'm just going to plan ahead and order the Valeo blades. (OEM supplier).
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:59 PM   #5
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The OEM blades always last longer than even Anco's. If you were using Rain-x on the glass it affects the blades eventually scuffing rubber onto the glass. Window washer fluid also greatly shortens the life too.
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Old 01-17-2014, 05:28 PM   #6
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I've had the Michelins - liked those pretty well compared to the Bosch Icon? I am using currently.

My factory blades use cartridges, that I couldn't buy at the shop - saved the holders - just need to load them up with new cartridges.

Everyone should just pay Mercedes for their system.
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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The rain x wipers turned out to be an improvement but not much. :

New OEM wipers are ordered. Fortunately Wally Mart has a liberal return policy.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:51 AM   #8
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I'm always surprised at how sucky wiper blades are. Even the OEMs don't last very long.

The only decent replacement wiper I've found so far are the Bosch Icons. Of course, they're pricey as crap at $20 each at most auto parts stores. But, I tell you, they work. They actually have a consistent wipe each time without leaving streaks no matter if you're doing interstate speeds or driving next to an 18-wheeler.
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Old 01-22-2014, 10:58 AM   #9
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I've given up on buying the name brand. Seems like they all have a fairly short life. I'm now running a test. Name brand on the passenger side. Auto parts store generic on the drivers side. Purchased on the same day. Same length. I'm curious to see which one lasts longer and delivers good performance. Given that the name brand was twice the price, I'm guessing I can replace the generic more frequently, but still come out ahead.

I'll post any interesting findings.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:27 PM   #10
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I'm always surprised at how sucky wiper blades are. Even the OEMs don't last very long.

The only decent replacement wiper I've found so far are the Bosch Icons. Of course, they're pricey as crap at $20 each at most auto parts stores. But, I tell you, they work. They actually have a consistent wipe each time without leaving streaks no matter if you're doing interstate speeds or driving next to an 18-wheeler.
I used to do Icon wipers but they have seriously cheaped them out in the last couple of years. Last 3 sets I had were shit right out of the box.
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rain-x latitude sucks for snow/ice. not bad for rain. probably no better than the cheap blades. is there a decent snowblade out there?
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:45 AM   #12
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The rain x wipers turned out to be an improvement but not much. :

New OEM wipers are ordered. Fortunately Wally Mart has a liberal return policy.
Your wiper arms may be bent. The arms need to hold the blade at the correct angle to the windshield. If they are bent you will get all typed of issues.
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:16 AM   #13
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Your wiper arms may be bent. The arms need to hold the blade at the correct angle to the windshield. If they are bent you will get all typed of issues.
The OP doesn't say how old the car is. May be time for new arms. GH
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:55 AM   #14
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The OP doesn't say how old the car is. May be time for new arms. GH
The wiper arms are fine. The rain x blades, while an improvement were returned and replaced with oem blades. They are working perfectly. The beams of the rain x blades didn't flex enough to wipe to their edges in a few places. I also did not care for the cheesy adapters required by the rain x blades.
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Old 01-27-2014, 10:34 AM   #15
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The wiper arms are fine. The rain x blades, while an improvement were returned and replaced with oem blades. They are working perfectly. The beams of the rain x blades didn't flex enough to wipe to their edges in a few places. I also did not care for the cheesy adapters required by the rain x blades.
It can be difficult to tell but a few degrees of rotational tweeting can cause some wiper blade problems. Some shops will have a gauge that they stick on the arm to adjust it properly. Someone with a heavy hand may have tweeted the arms a bit during a wiper blade change. If the OEM blades work, then problem solved.
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