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What windshield wiper blades are you using? (and other wiper info) by Boostdreamer
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This is probably one of those subjects that continues to evolve with time and technology. But for now, what kind of wiper blades are you using? I checked out Amazon.com and sorted by best reviews. I saw that the Anco Contour blades were rated pretty high.

http://www.amazon.com/ANCO-...ero+windshield+wiper

Anybody used these? Got some that you recommend? Is it worth it to buy wiper blades on the internet or are the premium blades in local parts stores just as good?

Got any good tips or links about wipers? Here's mine:

Tony Kania started a good thread about changing the wiper arms. "19's and 22's. No silly, windshield wipers. "
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum1/HTML/088069.html

And RWDPLZ had one also: "Found Replacement Wiper Arms!"
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/101621.html

I had one on the sprayers and fluid. "Winshield washer sprayers?"
http://www.fiero.nl/forum/Forum2/HTML/131706.html

And there are a bunch of threads about the "phantom wipe" problem where the wipers come on when you start your car or turn on the blinkers. I fixed mine very easily by swapping in an 88 circuit board. One bolt and one electrical connector is all you have to deal with. Plus, it is just inside the hood on the driver's side and you don't have to get under the car or hang upside down by your knees to get to it!

So, what else should we know about wipers?

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Report this Post02-13-2014 06:10 PM Click Here to See the Profile for jsmorterClick Here to Email jsmorterSend a Private Message to jsmorterEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I have tried all the anco blades on my fieros over the years. The contours don't seem flexible enough and leave areas where they don't get. The winter blades and the regular ancos seem to work better
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These are good. Silblades
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What wiper arms need is a little ramp where they park. When they cycle off and come to a stop at the bottom of the swipe, they ride up a slight ramp and take the pressure off the blades. I think they get bent one way as they swipe downward across the windshield and then are stuck in that position until they are turned on again. If that sit-and-bend situation was eliminated, they would be able to flip back and forth from side to side as the wipers changed direction.
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I like the Michelin ones. Just for info, you can put a much larger one on the passenger side of a Fiero than the stock one. I think it can take a 22 or 24 inch one. I found that out by chance buying wipers for my Ferrari kit. It will not work on the drivers side. It does a better job cleaning the middle of the glass.
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The original OEM wiper blades on Fiero's used a very low profile wiper frame. In most cases (where possible) I reuse the frames and install new rubber wipers. Standard wipers use a frame that's too bulky and it looks terrible on a car where the wipers are always exposed.

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I use a single (Anco, I think?) 24" wiper blade on the driver side. The passenger side wiper and mechanism has been deleted. The 24" wiper blade just barely fits. It's literally on the brink of hitting the windshield weatherstripping.
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Report this Post02-14-2014 05:16 PM Click Here to See the Profile for rogergarrisonClick Here to Email rogergarrisonSend a Private Message to rogergarrisonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
 
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Originally posted by rogergarrison:

I like the Michelin ones. Just for info, you can put a much larger one on the passenger side of a Fiero than the stock one. I think it can take a 22 or 24 inch one. I found that out by chance buying wipers for my Ferrari kit. It will not work on the drivers side. It does a better job cleaning the middle of the glass.


I think I made a mistake above. I think maybe the longer one fits the DRIVERS side, NOT the passenger side. Hey, its been 10-12 years since I had one

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Following the advice in the above linked thread, I ordered new wiper arms that are easier to change the blades, and no worrys about the little plastic clip breaking. I purchased them at Rock Auto.

Here are the current part numbers and pricing for replacement wiper arms:

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Originally posted by Dennis LaGrua:

The original OEM wiper blades on Fiero's used a very low profile wiper frame. In most cases (where possible) I reuse the frames and install new rubber wipers. Standard wipers use a frame that's too bulky and it looks terrible on a car where the wipers are always exposed.



I agree with you. I have stock frames and just buy the el cheapo refills at the parts store.
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Trico's Exact Fit look and perform OEM. Three years seasonal use and they still work great. Thin rail stock 1980's look. Around here you typically have to ask for them as they are back room stock at most parts stores. At $6-$7 they can't compete with the big names up front. Not sure if they are offered in the 19-22" lengths, but worth asking for.

As for washer fluid, I've never had a problem with any of the blue mixes or the premium brands. Typically just look for the lower end freeze points like -20F. Our over night temps this year have run around -15F, no issues.

Can't believe they get more than $1.00 a gallon for windshield washer fluid when it is probably 98% water and 2% soap and glycol.

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Avoid Pylon and Michelin, made by Pylon.
I have tried them many time and have problem lasting only 1 to 2 months, including premium wiper blades.

I have better luck w/ Bosch wipers.

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