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My factory wiper blades are bad after 1 month :/

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by OGPhlapjax, Jan 12, 2018 at 7:42 AM.

  1. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:42 AM
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    OGPhlapjax

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    Yes, i know its petty, but after 1 month my wiper blades are now streaking and gapping out on my windshield. I've never seen anything like it. They only froze to my windshield one time, every other time I flipped them up when after parking when it was below freezing. (Also the rear end makes a growling noise at any speed above 20 mph. But that's warranty stuff. I don't think wiper blades are covered).
    Disappointed.

    Anyway, I was going to get Rain X quantum wiper blades but I see they got some bad reviews and they're $50 for the pair.

    Any suggestions?
     
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  2. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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    Jamesboy2233

    Jamesboy2233 95.5 sr5

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    how long were they at the lot?
     
  3. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:43 AM
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    taco2010trd

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    Have you wiped/cleaned the wiper blades? They may be dirty and just need a clean edge.
     
  4. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:44 AM
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    Plain Jane Taco

    Plain Jane Taco You....out of the gene pool.

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    I've opened new wipers right out of the box that were junk. It happens
     
  5. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:46 AM
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    Idk, but they worked fine when I got the truck. And now it looks the bad ones on the side by side comparison they do on commercials lol
     
  6. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:47 AM
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    AmericanDrug

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    Yea factory ones aren't that great. My first 3 gen I has to replace the first week.
     
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    What did you replace them with? Anything suggestion worthy? Figure I'll look for some advice before taking a shot in the dark :p
     
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    jsinnard

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    Try cleaning them first with some alcohol and if it doesn't improve, replace them.

    When was your truck manufactured? That should give you an idea how old they are.
     
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    I forget the name. They were around $50 for the set. More or less old style blades vs the newer ones. I already feel like I need to replace them in my 2018.. they do the job but not that great.. any name brand that's solid piece, the kind that form over the windshield for even pressure, will be much better.
     
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    From what it seems like the tacomas got cheap fot the 3rd generation which is something that has been happening since the first redesign
     
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    My reply in the recent Bosch wiper thread...

    I've had the original wiper blades for almost 2.5 years; never garaged.
    Granted, they've never frozen to the windshield.
    Plus, I use a clay mitt to clean the glass and spray it with Nanowax, periodically; Rain X all-season in the fluid resevoir.
     
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  12. Jan 12, 2018 at 7:57 AM
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    I tried cleaning them, didn't help. It's just not forming to contour the windshield. 2017 model idk when it was built, but I've had wipers on my other cars be good for over a year under harsh winter conditions and hot summers
     
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    I try to do this once a week, I use those little alcohol pads as they work pretty well.
     
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    My wipers have lasted 2 years now, truck built Feb 16 so I'm not sure what you're getting at. There's a hell of a lot more tech in my 3rd gen than my first gen and if I were to bounce the 28.9K MSRP price of my 2004 to compared to the 36.8K price of my 2016 OR DCLB, I'm getting a lot more truck for the same money.
     
  15. Jan 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM
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    Bolsillos5624

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    Got my Taco in May 2017 and still have original blades. Lots of icy weather lately as well. No issues at all with them. Maybe you just got a bad set...
     
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    I like the Bosch icons. I had a set on for about 2 and a half years before I just replaced last month.
     
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    Trico is another good one.
    ^^Same sizes as above ^^

    Stop in at O'Reilly's Auto Parts or Auto Zone and they will put them on for you. :thumbsup:
     
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    jsinnard Crawl Control and longbed? I has it

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    Date of manufacture is in the door jamb.

    I'm sure Michigan winters and especially the recent cold spell we just had will play havoc on rubber.

    FWIW I swapped to winter wipers every 6 months when I lived in Maine on my 91 Toyota.
     
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    Alright thanks to everyone who posted, I will take a look at some Bosch Icons and will clean them once in a while, just to be sure
     
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