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Old 03-22-2009, 08:24 AM
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Default Re: Wiper Blade Sticker Shock

What is a 15,000 mile service?

Normal interval for the civic is 10,000 miles.

There is nothing called out for service in 5K increments except for the wallet lightening procedure.

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:18 AM
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Default Re: Wiper Blade Sticker Shock

My recent purchase of inserts set me back $5.95CAN per blade. They are by far the most difficult to replace, compared to other Honda's we've had over the years.

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:59 AM
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What's the general rule about when to replace wiper blades? I've typically just bought new ones when they started leaving wet streaks on the windshield.

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Old 03-22-2009, 01:59 PM
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What's the general rule about when to replace wiper blades? I've typically just bought new ones when they started leaving wet streaks on the windshield.
If the blade is under 2-3 years old, chances are the streaking is just caused by the blade being dirty. (remember all of the stuff the blade wipes off the windshield has to go somewhere, and that somewhere is usually buildup on the blade.)

I clean my blades with degreaser or 3M general purpose adhesive remover (in a pinch carb cleaner will work too) every 3 weeks during the rainy season. This keeps the blades in top condition. With this regime, blades usually last 3-4 years.

I recommend that you try cleaning your wiper blades before you replace them.

Wiper blades are like underwear, the more you clean them, the better they perform.

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Old 03-23-2009, 07:43 AM
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Yes, your wiper mileage may vary. I would think that the winters in Canada are a bit more severe than on the California coast.

We also have problems with the salt spray getting on the wipers when we go to the beach in February, but not to the extent that our neighbors to the north may have.

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Another solution which has worked well with me is too keep your windshield extremely clean. By that I mean washing and then using a product like invisible shield (wipe off with newspaper). Having the windshield clean allows me to not have to turn on my wipers at all. The only time I have to use the wipers is at low speed in a parking lot, other than that, no need. The water just beeds right off.

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Old 03-23-2009, 10:41 AM
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Coating the windshield is something that I have done for years. I use a product called Rejex on not only the windshield, side and rear glass, but on the entire car. Rejex is an essential part of any Hypermilers tool kit. Not only does rain slide right off, but bugs don't stick to the car either.

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Old 03-31-2009, 12:38 AM
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the heavier the rain, the better it works????
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:30 AM
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the heavier the rain, the better it works????
Yes to a point, but in real heavy rain, you still need wipers.

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Old 03-31-2009, 09:05 AM
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Yes to a point, but in real heavy rain, you still need wipers.
You could always drive in reverse. That can help to keep rain off the windshield.

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