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Old 07-24-2005, 11:21 AM   #1
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Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

i've been trying to figure out why my wiper blades will NOT conform to my winshield. On the driver side it doesnt clear the water very well like half the wiper is actually touching the windshield. The Passenger side isnt as bad but the whole thing still doesnt touch the windshield.
What Brand/Size are you all using?
And have you had this problem?
i've tried the RainX ones and the Bouch ones and they both dont clear the water in the same places. Could it be because my wiper arms are messed up?
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Old 07-24-2005, 11:24 AM   #2
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

Although most of us would likely be guessing as to the source of your problem - I'll try anyhow..........are you sure you have the correct sizes?

Are you using the plastic arm kind, or the metal arm kind?
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Old 07-24-2005, 11:27 AM   #3
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

it has the plastic arms on it, and i've tried 24's and 22's i think.
I tried what ever Autozone told me to get, then went smaller to see if that would help, nope
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Old 07-24-2005, 11:41 AM   #4
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

The stock arms are metal.........and seem to press harder than plastic.

I've never changed my wiper blades on my Camaro, but my I tried plastic on my Blazer........with little success - they just wouldn't put enough preasure on the glass.

I even bought these spring type things that put additional downward force on them to insure a good wipe. They worked a little better.

In the end I went back to metal arms and I haven't had a problem since.
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

Did you change just the blades (only the rubber part), or did you change the blade and carrier (metal backing that holds the blade itself)?

If you changed the blade and carrier, I can tell you what is wrong:
A lot of stores list replacements for our cars as 24.
They're not. They're 24R.

What's the R mean? I'd guess it stands for reverse, because the blade and carrier assembly clips on opposite of the normal way (reverse!).

Ask me how I know.

Oh, and by the way. When I bought my assemblies, I bought Anco. At $15 per wiper. And I'm guessing that the F-Body is the ONLY car that uses the 24R, because the package said "For Camaro and Firebird!" or some such.


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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

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Did you change just the blades (only the rubber part), or did you change the blade and carrier (metal backing that holds the blade itself)?

If you changed the blade and carrier, I can tell you what is wrong:
A lot of stores list replacements for our cars as 24.
They're not. They're 24R.

What's the R mean? I'd guess it stands for reverse, because the blade and carrier assembly clips on opposite of the normal way (reverse!).

Ask me how I know.

Oh, and by the way. When I bought my assemblies, I bought Anco. At $15 per wiper. And I'm guessing that the F-Body is the ONLY car that uses the 24R, because the package said "For Camaro and Firebird!" or some such.


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This was exactly what I was thinking too. If you dont get the reverse blades it will cause them to hang up on the arm and not contact the windshield properly. I got a set (for free) off a wrecked 2001 firebird for my car and they were not the same design as mine. they did not contact the windshield properly when installed. I ended up using my dremel to notch part of the wiper frame to make it clear. They work fine now.

Take a close look at them where the arm connects and see if it is rubbing.

here is a picture. look at the red circle and note the notch.
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

LOL thanks for all the help, i'll try notching it first since i'm broke as hell right now, but when i get paid i'll go get a third, and hopefully, final set.
oh yea thanks for that pic
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

Whenever I get a new set of wipers, I actually bend them in half a little bit over my leg.

They fit just fine after that.
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

Trico 24-9r Wiper blades have worked well for me.
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

I had the same problem with my wipers after I changed them. Ended up having to go to a chevy dealer and getting the stock wipes and then changed just the blade on them. Haven't had the problem since.
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trico exact fits 24" serial number 24-9R factory replacement. i just came from the dealer today actually and the replacement is discontinued. bummer . but o'reilley auto parts . sells the trico. and yes its a direct fit . yes for the reverse j hook. your welcome. i was just running all over to find some lol. trico works excelent
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

A seven plus year old thread lives again!
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Yes, it does! Finally, an answer, thx!
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Re: Stupidest Question to ever be posted... about wiper blades

i'll give this advice..

in my life, i have owned (or currently own) in order of year model,

91 RS (currently)
99 SS G2 (currently)
00 Z28
02 FB formula

and i have had to change wiper blades on all of them.

my advice is, the EXPENSIVE ONES that claim to be awesome never-EVER- fit.. they don't bend and conform to the windshield and always do funky stuff when you try to use them and skip all over the place, and, the rainex ones that are one long blade that they were advertising for a while as being perfect in every way don't work either, they are so long that the center of them doesn't press on the glass..

you pretty much have to go with cheap to average price blades and use liquid rain-x.

Wish i remembered brands and sizes of blades that do work, but i change them so infrequently, it's kind of a research based guess every time i buy them.

just my (probably arguable) $0.02

and yes.. i see this is an old thread.. w/e someone woke it up, so i'll respond
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