I went "On-Line" to search for replacement wiper blades for my Wife's 2010 Ford Taurus Limited since they were 26" on the drivers side and 20" on the passengers side. Found a great site with a reference a current ANCO $15 per pair factory rebate per pair.
With this present rebate and free shipping I decided to add a set for my Nitro too.
REAR WIPER BLADE
More research was needed to replace the rear Nitro blade. The original factory 11" part number is 05140655AB for my 07 but found it was not listed on many Sites. With more research found that if I used 2011 as the year of my vehicle it showed a 12" blade being used. Don't know if the 2011 Nitro actually used a 12" rear blade or that it is now the replacement blade for ALL Nitros. Ordered a 12" replacement blade and installed it.
If you can not find a replacement 11" blade locally and want a 12" blade instead, here are some part numbers that will work.
Rear- I had issues removing old blade. Read you could push down towards the glass but could find any release button. Thought I would just remove the arm and take it inside and view from the back for a release, but the arm didn't want to come off either! Finally just broke the original blade off (pushed out the remaining broken pin ) and clicked on the new blade.
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How often should I replace my wiper blades?
Experts recommend replacing your wipers every six months. Research suggests most people wait between 18 months and three years.
Wiper Blades are Your Best Friends for a Rainy Day.
Quality wiper blades should evenly and effectively squeegee water out of their path in both directions no matter what speed you're going. Soft rubber compounds necessary for wiper performance are always under attack by road grit, the sun, acid rain, tree sap, ice, and especially winter salt. Of course, if the fastest wiper setting still makes you strain to see, you need to order wiper blades right here today. But unless they let you see very clearly, your wipers are more worn than you think. Ideally, they should be replaced every 6 months.
What are the signs of worn wiper blades? If they chatter up and down or squeak, that's caused by friction from dried, hardened rubber. When they streak without twigs and seeds lodged underneath, the blade has become pockmarked from salt, ice, or being yanked free of ice. And if you see overall smearing, the rubber blade has dried and warped causing uneven wear and improper pressure against the glass.
At CARiD, we aim to provide our customers with the finest Windshield Wiper Blades the industry can offer, which is why we accept no compromise when it comes to the quality. Created by the most reputable names in the industry, such as Rain-X, Michelin Wiper Blades, TRICO, Bosch the Windshield Wiper Blades we've gathered for you feature precise design and everlasting durability. Each of the Windshield Wiper Blades is skillfully engineered by the country's most experienced professionals and then crafted from premium materials to ensure quality that is second to none. Manufactured to satisfy even the most discerning aficionados, the Windshield Wiper Blades that we stock are ready to reveal the true nature of your vehicle.
Whichever wiper blade set you choose, you'll get longer life out of them by wiping more intermittently, and Rain-X exterior Glass Treatment allows you to do that. The liquid glass treatment works by penetrating and sealing microscopic glass pores with a hydrophobic coating to prevent water, sleet, and snow from sticking to the glass surface. Instead of naturally smearing all over upon impact, rain drops bead up and roll off leaving much of your glass area unobscured. Rain-X Glass Treatment applies easily with a dry cloth using firm, circular motion – then the final haze removes with a dry cloth or by washing with water. Reapply to ensure complete and uniform coverage. Rain-X also works well on shower doors and bathroom mirrors in your home. Rain-X typically lasts 3 months between applications.
The Importance of Winter Wiper Blades and Glass Treatment
Snow, ice, freezing rain, and frigid temperatures make winter driving treacherous; nevertheless you're prepared, right? But what about your wiper blades?
If they're the same ones that baked on your windshield all summer then you could be in for problems. How do you know if your wiper blades are any good? At no time of the year is seeing out of your windshield more important, and more difficult, than in winter. Quality wiper blades should evenly and effectively squeegee water out of their path in both directions no matter what speed you're going. Soft rubber compounds necessary for wiper performance are always under attack by road grit, the sun, acid rain, tree sap, ice, and especially winter salt. Arm your car or truck with Rain-X Glass Treatment and Rain-X wipers.
Rain-X Latitude 8-In-1 Wiper Blades are the ultimate blades for sleet and snow. Unlike conventional wiper blade frames, the Latitude's beam design won't collect ice and snow, which can freeze conventional frames to the point where the blade no longer contacts the windshield. With Latitude blades you won't have to interrupt your trip to clear ice and snow from wiper blade frames, only to have them freeze again. You can check the presentation of this product here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqMcVY7FKqk
Rain-X® - Latitude™ Wiper Blade
Another wiper blades Rain-X offers are Weatherbeater™ 22" Wiper Blade.
Rain-X® - Weatherbeater™ Wiper Blade
Also Rain-X develops a line of related glass care products. Because Rain-X Glass Treatment requires the glass surface to be perfectly clean, Rain-X X-treme Clean is the perfect glass cleaner. It removes dirt, grime, and bugs, plus build-up that other cleaners leave behind, from glass and clear plastic. Rain-X 2-In-1 Glass Cleaner not only cleans, it also applies a rain repellent to improve wet weather driving. Click here to see how exactly it works: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yTpfaxI5DSI
Adding windshield washer fluid to your 2010 Dodge Nitro is a fairly straightforward process. The video above shows you where the window washer fluid reservoir is located in your Nitro, how to remove the reservoir cap and add windshield washer fluid. The nice thing about adding windshield washer fluid is that you can't overfill the reservoir - once it's full, you can stop adding fluid!
The video above shows you how to replace the rear (back) wiper blade in your 2010 Dodge Nitro. We recommend changing the wiper blades on your Nitro at least once a year even if you don't use your wipers much - the sun wears out your wiper blades more than using them to wipe water. Another trick to enhance the longevity of your Nitro's wiper blades is to scrape off the ice and snow from the windshield before using your wipers. A layer of ice is known to have sharp edges that can reduce the effectiveness of the micro edge of the rubber wiper blade.
This video shows how to replace the front windshield wiper blades in your 2011 Dodge Nitro. Always replace both wiper blades, even if only one side is streaking - the rubber on the opposite side is likely worn as well. We recommend changing the wiper blades on your Nitro at least once a year even if you don't use your wipers much - the sun wears out your wiper blades more than using them to wipe water. Another trick to enhance the longevity of your Nitro's wiper blades is to scrape off the ice and snow from the windshield before using your wipers. A layer of ice is known to have sharp edges that can reduce the effectiveness of the micro edge of the rubber wiper blade.
In most Dodges the driver side wiper blade is larger than the passenger side blade - be sure to get the correct size blades for your Nitro!
Now when snowy season has arrived, it's especially important to stay safe and keep road visibility on the highest level. We are here to remind you about wiper blades and their importance in every drivers life.
Finding the right blades that fit the shape, size, and curve of your windshield is not a simple task. Don't wait until bad weather will knock in your door. Get a fresh set of window wipers beforehand!
The best windshield wipers are all available online and we've scoured the internet for the best wiper blades for all different types of needs and budgets.
Jun 29 2018
Thanks to the Internet, you don’t necessarily have to walk into your local auto parts store to purchase the best windshield wipers. There are plenty of online retailers that carry an assortment of popular brands, allowing you to browse and compare different products and their pricing with ease. Some sites also offer you a way to select your vehicle, so you can make sure the wiper you’re purchasing fits your car.
1) Bosch ICON
The Bosch ICON is a beam-style wiper blade and features a bracketless design with tension springs, helping keep the blade flexible while providing superior performance in all weather conditions. The company claims the ICON offers up to 40-percent longer life than other premium blades and its blade rubber was proved to be the most resistant to cracking from exposure to ozone compared to other major competitors’ brands. It also features an exclusive asymmetrical flexible spoiler design for effortless and quiet wiping. Bosch also promises the ICON is easy to install, thanks to a weather-shield double-locking connector.
While generally more expensive than other wipers available on the market, the Bosch ICON is considered the best by many of its users, although they may not necessarily be the best for you. If you live in an area that doesn’t experience a lot of rain or snow, you may not need a premium blade like the Bosch ICON. But if you like knowing you have one of the best performing wipers when it does rain or snow, then the Bosch ICON should be towards the top of your list.
Bosch wipers are also used as OEM equipment on various luxury German vehicles, such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, so you know it’s a quality product.
Longer life span
Easy to install
Quiet, effortless wiping
2) PIAA Silicone Wipers
PIAA offers silicone wiper blades that claim to be twice as durable as traditional blades. The silicone compound also promises greater visibility by coating the windshield with silicone, helping promote continuous water beading in inclement weather. PIAA’s silicone wipers are available in three different models: Aero Vogue, Super Silicone, and Si-Tech. Both the Aero Vogue and Super Silicone wipers are compatible with Silicone refills, potentially saving you money in the long run if you’re comfortable with using refills.
The available options cover the three different types of windshield wipers, so there’s a real good chance PIAA offers something that meets your needs.
The PIAA Aero Vogue lineup is a hybrid blade which incorporates the benefits of a traditional frame with that of an aero-style cover, featuring “Pass Through” technology that greatly reduces blade chatter and wind lift at higher speeds.
The PIAA Super Silicone uses a traditional exo-frame design that has been enhanced with additional pressure points to provide a smooth, clean, streak-free wipe with easy installation.
The Si-Tech lineup uses a flat-blade frameless design, which contours to the shape of the windshield to provide equal pressure points across the blade for even wiping. They are also designed to reduce snow and ice buildup during winter, making them a great option for those in colder climates.
All PIAA wipers come with a one-year warranty and are subjected to durability testing that follows the strict Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS K6301) method for physical testing of vulcanized rubber.
May not be as durable in extreme weather
3) Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency 2-n-1 Wiper Blades
You may have heard of Rain-X before, a brand that specializes in glass water repellents and cleaners. The original Rain-X glass water repellent dramatically improves wet weather during visibility, but it’s not a substitute for high-quality windshield wipers. That’s why the company offers the Latitude Water Repellency 2-n-1 wiper blade, which features Rain-X water repelling coating that is transferred from the wiper squeegee to the windshield during initial use.
The beam-style blade offers the best performance out of all Rain-X offerings and is generally more affordable than the Bosch ICON and certain PIAA Silicone wipers. But since it is a beam-style blade, it isn’t as durable for all-weather performance, so you will want to keep that in mind if you live in an area that experiences snowfall. The Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency blade doesn’t have any type of extra casing to prevent clogging with ice and snow.
The wiper blades come pre-installed with a universal adapter to make for easy installation, with the company claiming the adapter fits 96 percent of all vehicles on the road. The blade itself contours to the curvature of the windshield, with a synthetic-blend rubber squeegee featuring a premium graphite coating designed for enhanced durability in rain and sleet.
Best performance from Rain-X
Added benefit from Rain-X water repelling coating
Beam-style blade that contours to the windshield
Patented universal adapter
Lacks durable casing to prevent clogging from ice and snow
Another beam-style option comes from Aero, which offers a six-month warranty on its products. They are billed as direct OEM replacement wipers constructed with a specially blended rubber for a smooth, clean, streak- and chatter-free wipe. The Aero Premium All-Season wipers also feature a flexible spine design, which is said to fit the windshield better for superior windshield contact.
Unlike some of the other wiper blades available on the market, Aero’s replacements can be purchased as a pair, making them a cost-effective option. Since they are more affordable, however, don’t expect them to perform as well as higher-priced competitors. They offer good all-season performance, but there are better options for snow and ice.
Some would say Aero’s wipers are the most “boring” of the lot, with no special selling points or qualities that make them stand out from the crowd. They’re ideal for drivers who live in an area with moderate rainfall and aren’t convinced they need to spend a significant amount of money for better blades.
Most owners are satisfied with the performance of Aero Premium all-season wipers given their price and found them easy to install. Other users found that in certain weather conditions, the wiper blades don’t last as long as some competitors. Always keep in mind your weather conditions when choosing the right blade for the job.
Sold as a pair
Good all-season performance
No unique qualities
Essentially an OE replacement
Questionable durability in harsh weather
5) Michelin Stealth Ultra Hybrid Wiper Blade
Michelin is likely a name you recognize in the automotive world as a major tire manufacturer. But the company also offers a wide range of wiper blades of all styles, including beam, hybrid, conventional, and even specific applications for a rear windshield wiper. If you’re looking for a hybrid wiper blade, the Michelin Stealth Ultra hybrid wiper blade is a popular choice, with a unique patented design featuring exclusive “Smart-Flex” technology that adapts to the curvature of a windshield for better wipes and improved vision.
Premium rubber with advanced coating delivers smooth and quiet wipes in all weather conditions, while a segmented hard cover provides maximum flexibility and protection from snow and ice. Installation is also straightforward with Michelin’s “EZ Lok” connector system. It’s worth noting however, that numerous owners have found the included adapters aren’t compatible with their vehicle. So make sure you’re purchasing the correct application for your car.
According to Michelin, independent tests show that after 300,000 wipe cycles, the Michelin Stealth Ultra outperformed all industry competitors. These blades are highly recommended for drivers who encounter a lot of ice and snow, since the segmented hardcover helps protect the blade from clogging with road debris, ice, and snow.
Great all-weather performance
Segmented hard cover protects from clogging
Included adapters may be incompatible with some vehicles
6) Bosch OE Specialty AeroTwin
If you find the Bosch ICON wipers to be too expensive or they don’t have a specific application for your vehicle, the AeroTwin might be a better option for you. Sold as a pair, the AeroTwin wipers feature a blended dual rubber compound with a graphite coating for long life, protected by an aerodynamic all-steel frame. The beam-style blades also feature an asymmetrical wind spoiler for better windshield contact.
The Bosch AeroTwin comes with a vehicle-specific pre-mounted adapter that promises to be an exact match to original equipment for easy installation. Since they are sold as a set, you will want to make sure you are purchasing the correct sizes for both wipers.
The AeroTwin blades are an attractive mid-range option, priced competitively while offering good performance. They’re recommended for drivers that live in areas that never experience any snow or ice, since the AeroTwin doesn’t sport any special protection from harsh weather conditions. In other words, if season rain is all that you encounter, the AeroTwin replacement blades are a great choice in terms of price and performance.
Sold as a pair
Special coated dual rubber
Pre-mounted adapter for easy installation
Asymmetrical wind spoiler
Not ideal for snow and ice
7) Valeo 900 Ultimate Series
Valeo is a major automotive parts manufacturer in both the aftermarket and OE industry and the 900 Ultimate Series is available in a wide range of sizes ranging from 15 to 29 inches. The 900 Ultimate Series wipers claim to have best-in-class aerodynamics thanks to an integrated spoiler, along with enhanced aero-acoustics that reduce wind noise by up to 3dB for a quieter ride in severe weather.
The wiper is a beam-style blade, featuring “Tec3” advanced rubber technology which provides a smoother and quieter wiping performance. And since it’s a frameless wiper blade with no metal structure to collect ice and snow, the Valeo 900 Ultimate Series is a great choice for an all-season wiper. Unfortunately, that also means there’s nothing to protect the blade from repeated harsh weather conditions.
Another selling point for the Valeo 900 is the blades feature integrated flexors, providing over 1,500 pressure points for even blade-to-windshield pressure. These are the best beam-style wipers Valeo has to offer and they are priced competitively within the segment. They are recommended for drivers who experience moderate rain, snow, and ice, and ideally can keep their car protected in a garage or other covering when it’s not being driven.
Wide range of sizes
No metal superstructure
If you’re looking for an affordable conventional wiper blade, the ANCO 31-Series is ideal especially if you live in an area that doesn’t experience a lot of rain or snow. The ANCO 31-Series features “DuraKlear” exclusive rubber compound, along with a vented bridge and high-performance polymer for an OE fit. ANCO’s wiper blades also use a “KwikConnect” installation system, making it an easy wiper blade replacement.
The 31-Series is available in a wide range of sizes, from 10 inches to 28 inches, almost guaranteeing an application for your vehicle. The company also offers various other blades, including the hybrid Transform blade and the Contour beam blade.
These blades are recommended for drivers who need conventional blades and experience moderate rainfall throughout the year. They’re not going to offer the same performance as a hybrid or beam-style blade and won’t endure harsh weather conditions like other competitors. They are essentially a best “bang for the buck” pick, so long as you don’t have to deal with heavy snowfall or ice.
Ideal for moderate rainfall use
Available in wide range of sizes
KwikConnect for easy installation
Not great for snow and ice
Won’t last as long as more expensive blades
9) TRICO Exact-Fit Wiper Blades
TRICO’s Exact Fit lineup of replacement blades are offered in every style: beam, hybrid, conventional, and rear. Designed to be a factory replacement blade, each wiper comes with a pre-assembled connector for quick and easy wiper replacement. The beam blade has been engineered for maximum contact for highly curved windshields, featuring a “Memory Curve Steel” beam that is said to provide uniform pressure for the clearest wipe. The TRICO Exact Fit beam blades are available in lengths from 15 inches to 29 inches.
For all-weather applications, the Exact Fit hybrid is manufactured with a high-strength polymer shell, which protects the blade from ice and snow. The hybrid blades are available in lengths from 14 inches to 28 inches.
Vehicles with metal conventional wipers that want an original factory quality replacement can opt for the Exact Fit conventional blade, which is available in lengths from 10 inches to 28 inches. And like we mentioned before, don’t neglect your rear window wiper, which TRICO offers in lengths from eight inches to 16 inches.
With a large variety of offerings, the TRICO Exact Fit lineup likely has an application that fulfills your needs.
Broad lineup of products
Pre-assembled connector for easy installation
Designed as OE replacement
Run-of-the-mill product that doesn’t offer anything special
10) SilBlade Premium Silicone
Available as a more high-end offering, the SilBlade Premium Silicone boasts a high steel gauge powder coating with long-lasting paint designed to withstand extreme weather conditions. It utilizes a patented silicone rubber blade with graphite and PTFE for smooth operation, superior visibility, and outstanding performance. The formula also leaves an invisible hydrophobic coating, which forms within 90 days from the first use.
The blades are designed with as a unique curved frameless wiper blade, conforming to modern curved windshields. They include a patented pre-installed adapter that is designed to fit the vast majority of vehicles.
SilBlade’s selling point, however, is that it claims its blades last years, not months, which is why it offers a five-year warranty. The company also offers a 30-day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the quality of the wiper blade. It’s debatable whether the blades actually last years rather than months, and it’s still highly recommended to change out your blades every six months to a year rather than waiting until they fail to perform.
The SilBlade Premium Silicone blades are available in sizes from 12 inches through 28 inches.
Sold as a pair
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