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Old 01-03-2005, 12:56 PM   #1
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Non-freezing windshield wipers?

I go up to the snow almost every weekend during the winter, and it seems that none of the windshield wipers I've tried can withstand the bone-chilling 32 degrees that we get at Tahoe.

I always lift the wipers off the glass when I park it to prevent them from freezing into the shape of the glass. However, regardless of whether I leave them up or down, after two trips they both begin to leave streaks when I am using them during the rain/snow. It seems that by freezing they somehow get deformed and can no longer clear the glass without leaving streaks. BTW, the wipers I am using are Bosch microblades (about $10 each at a local Kragen).

While on the mountain this weekend I talked to a guy on a lift who told me that there are some wipers out there that can withstand the cold temperatures without getting deformed. Does something like that exist, or is it a pipe dream?
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Old 01-03-2005, 01:00 PM   #2
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Its true, they are called winter wiper blades.
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Old 01-03-2005, 01:02 PM   #3
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I use Silicon blades on my Audi S4 when going to Tahoe. I plan on using them on the 4Runner I hope to purchase tonight.

I've had them on my Audi for two years and go to Tahoe 5-6 times a year when it snows. I haven't had a problem w/ them. Kinda pricey though.
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Here's a link to what a winter wiper blade looks like:

Note that the suspension part of the blade is covered with a rubber boot.
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:05 PM   #5
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We had a cold spell before Christmas and even my wipers were giving me fits down here in Alabama. I couldn't get the rascals to thaw out. Of course, that is only a dilemna I will have to deal with maybe once out of the year.
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Old 01-03-2005, 04:27 PM   #6
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yup, thats similar to the ones i just put on the runner. they performed admirably during our recent 8 to 10 inch snowstorm.

they worked like crap for the first week i had them in dry conditions.. i think it takes them a bit to wear down to work or something. they were horrendous at first, and now are perfect.
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Old 01-07-2005, 12:59 PM   #7
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There's other ones at Canadian Tire that have no hinges and the blade is a spring on it's own. They cost about $20 yeach though. They're called "Reflex"
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