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Anyone else have trouble with their wiper blades staying on?

I ran bosch icons and hated them. Not trying to bash them so hear me out. I ran them for a year and never turned them on when the blades or glass was dirty with leaves, tree spinners, ice, nothing like that. After 2 months of just rain the blades would leave little streak marks from pitting in the blades. I then had one of the icon's start to come loose a little from the bracket that holds the blades on. They were still locked on but it was if someone was rocking the blade around while it was wiping the windshield and would leave little bump marks on its travel. really annoying. I then went to rainx wipers and love them. I never even use my rear wiper as the mirror is never really even on my windshield anymore. I only had 1 issue with the rainx ones where my passenger wiper, in the winter I put the wiper blade up so I could brush off the windshield and wiper cowl and I bumped the wiper arm and the blade came slamming down onto the glass and the tiny little plastic tab that holds it onto the arm snapped off. I easily went down to advance auto where I got them from and they gave me another one for free, no questions asked. Other than that my rainx ones have been great and its going on 1 year now for these too. It is my own fault why the one broke so I can't go after rainx for it but I would say they are great wipers but you can get cheapie ones like may03 and be happy. My dad has michelin all years on his that are summer blades but with a plastic cover over the spring parts so it doesn't ice over. They work really well.

If yours keep coming off what I would look into doing would be to try and bend that little hook on the wiper arm in a little, not much but just a tiny bit. It happened to me on my old car where it was ever so slightly opened and the blade would seat properly but if I bumped it while brushing the snow out of the cowl it would unhook from the locking tab. The closer you make that hook on the wiper arms, the tighter it will be to put the blades on and get them locked on. Do not make them touch but have it so its I would say maybe like 3/8" apart. Also when you pull the wiper blades on, do you hear the little click of the blade actually locking the pin into the wiper arm? Try and take the blade off and look at that little hook where you would depress it in order to remove the wiper blades. See if that little nub is broken or damaged, if it is you need a new set of blades as yours broke off like mine did.



Wiper Blade Buying Guide

The good news is that, based on our testing, you don't have to spend a lot of money to get good performing windshield wipers, but you might need to replace them every six months or so.

To get the most from your existing wipers, inspect them periodically. Lift each wiper arm off the glass and run your finger along its rubber edge. If the rubber is rigid or chipped, or produces nonstop streaking, you need new wipers.

If the wipers are in decent physical condition but not clearing the windshield effectively, clean them. Simply put windshield washer fluid or glass cleaner on a damp sponge or rag and wipe debris off the rubber and the windshield where the wiper rests. You might be rewarded with a couple more months of a clear windshield without spending money on replacements. Further, be sure to clear snow and ice from the windshield in the winter before dragging the wipers across the uneven surface.

When the time comes for new blades, remember to replace them in pairs. If one is worn out, its mate can't be far behind.

Don't forget to check the rear wiper, if your vehicle has one. Even though it may not get as much use as the front wipers, it is exposed to the elements and can fail over time.

How to Choose
Windshield wiper blades come in many sizes, even on the same car. Look in your car's owner's manual, measure the blade, or ask at an auto-parts store for the proper fit. Major brands that you are likely to see include Anco, ACDelco, Bosch, Goodyear, Michelin, PIAA, Rain-X, and Trico. Prices vary greatly depending on the brand, type, and size. For a smaller wiper blade, you can pay as little as under $10 and for a large blade of 24 or 26 inches, you can pay $25 or more.

It's becoming harder to find replacement inserts where only the rubber is replaced into the existing frame and while inserts can save money, installing them requires deft use of needle-nose pliers. Experience shows that replacing an insert can be a frustrating task whose grief simply isn't worth the money savings. It's often more convenient to replace the whole blade assembly—just pull the old wiper off the metal arm and push the new one on until it's tight. (You might need a small screwdriver or hammer to tap the old blade off.) Our research shows that most car owners replace the assembly, rather than just the blade.

All wiper blades are marketed with great promise, and it can be difficult to sort through the claims and hyperbole. In our testing, we have found that some of the best blades are among the least expensive. Lesson here: Don't equate a high price with high quality.

When new, we saw that all of the tested windshield wipers provided very good or excellent performance initially, but most quickly degraded after a few months of regular use. Depending on the model, deterioration showed up on the windshield as streaking (leaving lines of water behind), smearing of the water (instead of clearing it), or missed areas of wiping. Because we found that a wiper blades will typically provide very good or better performance when new, with performance dropping off quickly, most blades should provide adequate performance after about six months when they should be replaced. Consequently, we no longer test them.

When we last tested wipers, we conducted an exhaustive assessment of more than a dozen windshield wiper models on 185 staff members' cars. When the project started, about half those cars had wipers that needed replacing, showing that drivers often don't notice the slow degradation and leave wipers on longer than they should. Therefore, our experience suggests that beyond a quick monthly inspection, it would be wise to plan for wiper replacement twice a year. Consider going with the change of seasons, replacing the blades with at the beginning of winter and again for summer—two seasons that prove particularly challenging for wipers.


TRICO NeoForm Beam Wiper Blade

You probably don’t spend much time thinking about your windshield wipers until they need to be replaced one day. As long as they’re operating efficiently and relatively quietly, there’s no need to focus on them. But over time, any set of windshield wipers will begin to wear down, which means it’s time to replace them. You don’t have to pay a fortune for a mechanic to take care of it. In fact, most windshield wipers can be easily switched out by even the most novice auto-repair person.

When buying windshield wipers, it’s important to make compatibility a top priority. However, if you walk into an auto parts store and name your vehicle model, chances are you’ll still have a wide range of options. Manufacturers know they can make more money by designing wipers that will work with as many common vehicle types as possible. But you’ll still find that some wiper arms simply aren’t compatible with all blades.

Anyone who has ever owned a car knows how annoying streaks can be. Grime is usually the culprit in that area, but some wiper blades are more resistant to streaks than others. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the more you spend, the more likely you’ll be to get a streak-free experience. In fact, some budget wipers do just as well as high-priced wipers in this area.

In addition to compatibility with your own vehicle, it’s important to consider the weather where you live. If you live in an area prone to wintry precipitation, keep that in mind while you’re shopping. Some wipers can handle ice and snow better than others. But even if you live in a warm climate, you’ll need a good pair of wiper blades if you get an overabundance of rain each year. Look for durability unless you want to change your wipers multiple times each year.


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Our Verdict

With so many different kinds of vehicles on and off the road, there is no one-size-fits-all best windshield wiper. A direct manufacturer replacement is the safest bet, and ironically, some automakers have returned to replaceable refills like old-style frame wipers. That said, the Bosch Direct Connect took our top spot as it fulfilled everything we wanted in a wiper and more. And if you’re looking for something a little less expensive, check out the Rain-X Latitude.

Windshield Wiper Buying Guides

Types of Windshield Wipers

Frame Wipers

Frame wipers have an articulated steel or composite frame structure. Hinges in the frame distribute pressure across the blade through four to eight claws. Frame wipers are also known as conventional, standard, or traditional. Up until a few years ago, the frame wiper was the most common type. The frame and claw design was initially designed so a worn rubber blade could be swapped out with an inexpensive refill. Most drivers replace the entire assembly as a unit today. 

Beam Wipers

Beam wipers get their name from the continuous spring steel beam that replaces the standard steel frame and claw structure. The pre-stressed steel ribbon eliminates pressure points for even pressure across the entire length of the blade and the low-profile design helps prevent high-speed chatter. Beam-type wipers excel on modern low-slope compound curve windshields and are standard equipment on the majority of new vehicles. 

Hybrid Wipers

Hybrid wipers bring features of frame and beam wipers together. Each manufacturer has a slightly different idea of what a hybrid wiper is, so the category is less clear cut. Some hybrids combine a conventional steel frame wiper with a protective aerodynamic shell. Others add articulated all-weather armor to beam-style wipers to help fight off heavy snow and ice. Improved aerodynamics, all-weather performance, reduced noise, and four-season durability are some hybrid advantages.

Top Brands


Bosch Auto Parts is one facet of the company that Robert Bosch founded in 1889. Bosch started as an electrical engineering company and soon launched into the automotive industry with an innovative high-voltage ignition magneto in 1902. Windshield wipers are just one category of a comprehensive line of automotive and powersports replacement parts offered by the Gerlingen, Germany-based company. Consistent high quality from our reasonably priced DirectConnect best frame pick to the premium ICON blade wiper makes Bosch a popular favorite. 


Rain-X is a multinational company specializing in windshield treatments and car care products. Kraco Enterprises acquired Rain-X in 2010 but maintained the Ecolab Vehicle Care Division as the chief producer of Rain-X products. Rain-X also offers a commercial line of products for car washes and automotive professionals. The Rain-X-Latitude was our pick for the best beam-style windshield wiper, and the company manufactures a full complement of wipers including the budget-friendly Weatherbeater


Michelin was founded in 1889 by Edouard and Andre Michelin as a tire manufacturing company. Today, the company is a global manufacturer of automotive tires and accessories with headquarters in Clermont-Ferrand, France. Michelin’s puffy white mascot, Bibendum (the Michelin Man), has lost a few pounds through the years, but stands resolute behind every product and Michelin Guide recommendation. We like the Michelin Cyclone Hybrid, and the company offers a full range of windshield wipers from the budget-friendly RainForce to the premium Stealth Ultra.

Single Windshield Wiper Prices

There is a large selection of conventional frame rubber blade windshield wipers into the $10 price range, as you can spend a little and get a lot. Our best frame wiper slotted into this category and delivered an outstanding performance. Economy wipers in the two-for-$10 range will get the job done, but don't expect durability. Stepping up into the $10-$20 range brings a more extensive selection of features and wiper types. Conventional frame wipers join the latest beam and hybrid wipers. Mid-range is a good place to try something new, different, or better without spending a small fortune. And windshield wipers over $20 each fall into the premium category. Frame wipers with pure silicone blades join the latest beam wipers and high-end hybrids. Premium wipers offer a longer service life. Extra-long wiper blades carry a higher cost. 

Key Features

Wiper Arm Connector

Along with length, the wiper arm connector is a crucial consideration in windshield wiper selection. Windshield wiper arm connectors vary in the automotive timeline by manufacturer. Traditional J-hook, pin, and bayonet connections for frame-type wipers join top lock, slim-tab, pinch tab, and side lock connectors for today’s beam-style wipers. The best windshield wiper will deliver poor performance when poorly attached. Some universal connector adapters are a shaky compromise at best and a wobbly failure at worst. Make sure a wiper blade will fit your wiper arm before ordering. 

Year, Make, and Model

Choosing between a frame, beam, or hybrid windshield wiper comes down to the wiper arm connector and the year, make, and model of your vehicle. The best windshield wiper is a manufacturer direct factory replacement. A conventional frame wiper won’t perform as well as a beam-style wiper on today’s low-slope windshields. A cutting edge beam wiper may not be of any benefit on an older vehicle with a flat or sharply angled windshield. Hybrids offer the best of both worlds, but two wiper’s worth of steel, plastic, and rubber can add up. Excessive weight can overburden wiper arms and motors designed for lighter wipers. 

Seasonal Framework

Take your regional climate and operating environment into account. Heavy winter snow and ice can clog up open frame wipers. An all-season hybrid can get you through mild winters, but step up to dedicated winter wipers if you live where the word thundersnow is part of the local vernacular. Extreme temperature swings, excessive dust, and endless summer Southwest sunshine can take their toll on conventional rubber blade material. Relentless UV rays can cook the life out of your windshield wipers even if you rarely use them. Consider an upgrade to a synthetic blend or silicone compound blade material for desert climates. 

Other Considerations

  • Wiper Arm Index: Walk out in front of your parked vehicle and look at the wiper arms. If one wiper is resting on the cowl and the other is halfway up the windshield, the arm index is out of whack.
  • Wiper Arm Condition: Your windshield wipers might not be the problem. Inspect your wiper arms for excessive play and incorrect sweep angle. Lift the arm off the windshield and gently move it to check for excessive play or wobble. 
  • Wiper Arm Angle: Remove both wipers. Carefully place the arms back on the windshield. The end should sit mostly flat on the glass, so the blade pulls across the windshield in both directions. Bent arms can cause chatter and noise as the wiper edge pushes across the glass.
  • Front and Rear: Windshield wiper type, length, and arm connectors can be different front to rear. Consult your owner’s manual or manufacturer’s application recommendations when ordering rear windshield wipers. 

DIY Tips

  • Take it slow and go easy when installing and removing windshield wiper blades. The majority of wiper arm connectors are easy to remove. A tiny screwdriver to lift a cover or clip and some pliers are probably all you need to get the job done.
  • Don’t force it. Bent wiper arms from heavy-handed installs cause a large percentage of windshield wiper problems. Suspect your wiper arms if new wipers chatter or streak just like the old ones.
  • Protect your glass and paint. Place a clean blanket, piece of cardboard, or similar material under the wiper while you work. Unintentional release of the spring-loaded wiper arm can damage the windshield. Belt buckles and brass buttons easily scratch the paint.  


Q: What causes windshield wipers to chatter?

A: Road grime, dried bug parts, and grease can cause chattering wiper blades. Thoroughly clean the windshield first. Wipe down the blade edge with a clean damp cloth or a cotton ball and some household rubbing alcohol. While the wiper arms are raised, check for excessive play and tighten things up as needed. 

Q: How long do windshield wipers last?

A: The lifespan of the wipers depends on the type, materials, and operating environment. An economy frame wiper might last six months. A premium hybrid with a synthetic or compound blade can clear the way forward through four seasons. Premium level beam wipers with pure or blended silicone blades can endure for over a year. 

Q: How can you tell it's time to replace your wipers?

 A: Streaking, chatter, noise, and poor visibility are obvious signs of wiper wear. The best way to tell when to replace your wipers is before they start causing problems. Inspect your windshield wipers in the spring and fall. Look for cracks, wobble, and uneven blade wear. Top off your windshield washer fluid and go out for a road test.


How to Remove Trico Wiper Blades

Trico wiper blades are easy to remove when they begin to wear out. Remove Trico wiper blades when the rubber or silicone begins to crack. Yo will recognize ineffectual wipers as they squeak and scrape annoyingly across the windshield. Don't wait until the blade separates and rips from the wiper assembly. By then, replacement will be too late.

Step 1

Open your car and sit behind the wheel. Turn on your car's electrical system on. Activate the wipers, and then turn them off so that they are "parked" in the middle of the windshield.

Step 2

Exit the vehicle and approach the driver side wiper.

Step 3

Lift the blade off of the glass and undo the safety/security clip connecting the blade to the wiper arm.

Step 4

Pull the blade off the arm.

Step 5

Place a towel on the windshield and lower the wiper arm onto the towel. This is a safety precaution to keep the arm from scratching the windshield.

Repeat the above steps for the passenger-side blade.


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