View Full Version : Winter wiper blades

12-09-2003, 09:39 PM
Anyone consider putting these on? I had them on my Maxima and they worked great. Didn't look great but didn't freeze up either. That boot around the springy area keeps ice from forming and allows free movement of the blades. Only trouble is that they don't make a set of blades in 2 differnent sizes.

12-09-2003, 11:02 PM
Hadn't given it a thought until tonight. I was busy doing a series of errands while it was snowing pretty good, and every time I came out the blades had a lot of ice on them, rendering the wiping action very poor. Was left with no alternative but to clean the ice off each time with my fingers...Please let me know if you find some that fit and work better than the stock blades.

12-09-2003, 11:08 PM
I picked up a set from Pep Boys:

Trico Winter Wiper Blades
37-201 (20") for passenger side
37-220 (22") for driver's side

They come with a plastic adapter and is a perfect fit. They've made all the difference in the world by not freezing up and being able to wipe the windshield clearly. Haven't had a chance to change the rear as that would take a bit work.

While looking around for these, I found out that Bosch also made winter wipers but was not able to locate them. Once spring time comes around, I'll be switching them over to Bosch Micro Edge Excels.

12-11-2003, 04:27 PM
Thanks for info. What makes the Bosch blades better? As for the Trico, did you have to buy 2 sets; one 22" and one 20"? Changing my maxima blades wasn't that easy. How is it with the FX's?

12-11-2003, 04:40 PM
To be honest I'm not sure what makes the Bosch blades better but you can read all about it on their website. From personal experience they last longer and hold up better than the other blades I've tried. They are a bit pricey though as compared to the others.

As for the winter blades, you just need 1 blade for each side. Removal is a little bit tricky as you will need to bend the blade to about perpendicualr with the arm and there is a little plastic tab that you squeeze and then you push the blade towards the arm (think of the letter T, the horizontal line is the wiper blade and the vertical line is the arm). I believe the manual has instructions on how to do this.

Installation is just the reverse but you'll need to add the plastic adapter that the blades come with. I'll try to grab some pics for ya later.

Good luck.

12-11-2003, 04:47 PM
Thanks, turbo. That sounds like my maxima. I always had a hard time removing the blades. Putting the new ones on was easy.

12-11-2003, 06:55 PM
Thanks for the kick in the butt to go looking for the winter blades, forgot all about them. I have not had good luck with the stock wiper blades with Snow and / or Ice, on the passenger side only.Unfortunatly between the low seat position and the lower middle section of the passenger side window not cleaning well, has made for an unhappy spouse.

12-11-2003, 08:37 PM
Once spring time comes around, I'll be switching them over to Bosch Micro Edge Excels.

DON'T BUY THESE! The stock wiper blades didn't last me very long before streaking so I switched over to the Bosch Micro Edge Excels. Well not long after I bought them, I don't think it was even 2 months, they started streaking too! Anyways cleaning them and wiping them down didn't remove the streaking.

If you really want a good set of wiper blades go and purchase PIAA Silicone wiper blades. They are by far the best wipers I have ever used. I've been using them for more than 5 months now and there is not a single streak or sound when I have my wipers on.

They are more pricey than the Boschs but they will last you much longer!!! I think they are about 20-25 bux for our sizes. 20 inches and 22 inches.

You can buy the at www.tirerack.com (http://www.tirerack.com) or www.imotorgear.com (http://www.imotorgear.com) as well as several other places. You only have to buy the blade once. PIAA sells the wiper inserts seperate one it comes time to replace them.

I'm even using my PIAAs in the snow and they work great! http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/smile.gif http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

12-11-2003, 09:09 PM
I have the PIAA's on mine since day one... Simply the best

12-11-2003, 10:02 PM
Thx for the tip Ak1nza and NJKen. I've never used the PIAAs but will give them a shot based on both of your recommendations. http://forums.freshalloy.com/images/graemlins/grin.gif

12-11-2003, 10:33 PM
Same here, THANKS!

12-12-2003, 09:43 AM
Does PIAA make a winter blade also? I think that having the boot around the blade mechanism keeps snow and ice from stopping the spring action which makes for a bad swipe of the blades.