Wiper Replacement - Dont mess about !

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Wiper Replacement - Dont mess about !

Post by Rocketman » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:00 pm

Two years down the line and my wipers have finally begun to shred.

A quick trip to the dealers reveals that a complete wiper blade is quite expensive and i struggled to get aftermarket ones which had the correct air deflector for the drivers side ( bought some and had to take them back) but these still cost about £15 a pop/each. :roll:

Then I remember replacing just the rubbers on most of my other exotica and an advert on telly pops into mind ! :idea:

Off to Woolworths it is for "JBL WONDERWIPERS" :lol:

5 minutes and £7.99 later I have brand new wipers with multi facetted blades which wipe 3 times in both direction, dont squeak and as the next two days of torrential rain proved, these little wipers are indeed "Wonders". ( Just pull the old ones out of their clips, open the clips slightly with a pair of pliers, slide the new ones in and cut off the excess with some scissors(I used secateurs for a better edge).

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Post by Nazz » Mon Mar 27, 2006 4:33 pm

Thanx for the tip.

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Post by Harrizone » Mon Mar 27, 2006 11:46 pm

Wilkinsons do some at £2.50 per set, you buy a set in each size and end up with a spare set for the next time.

So, £5 for two sets of complete blades albeit without the aerofoil on the drivers side, so I just used the inserts which are identical to the OEM.

In fact the blades are also identical in make and construction as the OEM and are probably what Mazda fit. Not a bad mark-up then. :D

And no I'm not a cheap skate, I just object to being ripped off. :wink:
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Post by PeskyPedant » Wed Mar 29, 2006 12:56 pm

Nice job Rocketman. I will remember that.

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Post by Earnie » Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:27 pm

I got a set of Bosch - with deflector on the 20" from autowindscreens for £18,
which didn't seem bad comapred to the the £50 the dealer wanted.

I told him a joke in return..... :) :wink:
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Post by ducati916 » Thu Mar 30, 2006 7:46 am

Autobulbsdirect have Bosch with spoiler for £14.98 delivered, prompt service to.

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Post by nabjaf » Tue Apr 11, 2006 11:32 pm

Rocketman, it's a while down the line now, and as you know I have just bought a second hand rx8, two years old, and the wipers were going on this too, you'll be glad to know that Woolworths still have exactly the same thing, and it still works a wonder, thanks for the tip, probably saved me a good bit of hassle

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Post by cool'n'funky » Wed Apr 12, 2006 11:28 am

ducati916 wrote:Autobulbsdirect have Bosch with spoiler for £14.98 delivered, prompt service to.
I got the Bosch ones from Autobulbsdirect and find them fine. Not as good a deal as the Woolies option, but they don't squeak and they don't streak so I'm happy. And to be honest, mail order was probably cheaper than driving there in the 8 :wink: . 2 min job to fit.

Still can't quite believe the dealers tried it on for 46 quid though. :roll:
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Post by Smoove666 » Thu Apr 13, 2006 12:56 am

ducati916 wrote:Autobulbsdirect have Bosch with spoiler for £14.98 delivered, prompt service to.
Thanks for the tip - ordered mine today!

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Post by orbist » Thu Apr 13, 2006 10:22 am

Just take care when replacing the blades only as I did this before and broke one of the clips, this meant the blade started slipping out over time and in a torriential downpour came flying out altogether :shock:

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Post by Zoom » Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:40 pm

My wipers also shredded this weekend, I popped over to woollies and have now switched to "wonder wipers". Now I'm praying for rain to test them out ( which is pretty unlikely in the current drought).

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Post by Weirdfish » Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:36 am

I've just replaced mine with Bosch Super Plus (spoiler on drivers) from wiperblades.co.uk

£12.98 inc postage and they were delivered in 48hrs.
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Post by Weirdfish » Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:23 am

druck wrote:Select of make and model only works under IE and not FireFox, how crap is that.
yeh i had that bother too :?
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Post by Zoom » Thu Apr 27, 2006 6:47 pm

druck wrote:Select of make and model only works under IE and not FireFox, how crap is that.
No wonder it's written in ASP ! :)
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Post by huw » Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:17 pm

druck wrote:Select of make and model only works under IE and not FireFox, how crap is that.
But it does work in Safari! How good is that?

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Post by Powelly » Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:28 am

How are you getting on with the new blades Druck?
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Post by Critters » Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:29 pm

Zoom wrote:No wonder it's written in ASP ! :)
ASP is a server side language, the problem is their bad Javascript/HTML

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Post by SeanP » Sat Nov 25, 2006 4:53 pm

druck wrote:But instead I decided to try the flat aero blades which you can now get for retrofit, as they are only £25 for a 20" and an 18" from AutoBulbs Direct.
I just fitted a pair of these too, druck.

However, I'm not 100% sure I've put them in correctly; they don't seem to have fully 'clicked' in, and they're offset by about 5-10mm from the originals. If I lift the arms, they can easily be slid out without using the 'release lever'. :?
Can you let me know how yours are fitted? I'll have another fiddle tomorrow, when it's light.
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Post by fnegroni » Fri Dec 22, 2006 12:40 am

I just fitted the retro-fit wipers you guys have mentioned, and I found that I did not have to change the clip position; they just clicked correctly as they came from the factory.

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Post by stuartm » Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:35 am

How are the flat blades holding up under these colder conditions ?
Im not impressed by the bosch blades in less than 2 months there's a part (right in view) not being cleaned. BTW I got them trade for £4.99, halfords are making a Huge!profit :evil:
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Post by Harrizone » Fri Dec 22, 2006 10:07 am

Wilko's finest still on top form and I have the replacement set all ready to go in the shed if needed.
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Post by SeanP » Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:28 pm

Flat blades working fine here. Initially they were missing a spot right in the drivers view; but seem to have 'bedded' in now :)
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Post by RichardK » Sun Dec 24, 2006 12:12 am

Earnie wrote:I got a set of Bosch - with deflector on the 20" from autowindscreens for £18,
which didn't seem bad comapred to the the £50 the dealer wanted.

I told him a joke in return..... :) :wink:
£50?!

My dealer just replaced mine - I like to get the "OE" part when possible - it was £13 for one, tenner for the other, and they fitted them (no charge) when bringing the car back round from fitting my bonnet stay dampers.

I'd asked, I wasn't prepared from the reports of £50 wipers - but anyone being charged that is, I suspect, being ripped off by their dealer in more ways than "overpriced main dealer parts".
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Post by Delanor » Tue Dec 26, 2006 2:23 pm

Harrizone wrote:Wilkinsons do some at £2.50 per set, you buy a set in each size and end up with a spare set for the next time.
Just replaced the standard wiper inserts with the Wilkinsons blades as Ray said - but they were sold singly for £1.25 each so I just needed a 20" and an 18" and they work a treat, while I was at it I changed the daughters KA wiper blades and the wifes SportKA.

All for £7.50 - nice one Ray. \:D/

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Post by savage » Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:35 am

Just picked up JML Wonder Wipers in Makro for £4.49 + VAT. My current originals just haven't been up to it in this recent weather, mind you they are 2 1/2 years old! :?

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