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Old 10-04-2009, 04:23 PM
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Windshield Wiper Replacements...

Can some one suggest a wiper/blade replace/refill that doesn't chatter? I replaced the blades for the first time after purchasing it used because I thought the existing blades were worn out. The new ANCO blades are no better (ANCO was on it)!!! They squeak, chatter, skip and DRIVE ME NUTS!
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Old 10-04-2009, 07:19 PM
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I couldn't get satisfactory or noiseless performance with O.E. wiper refills from the dealer either.

Then went with PIAA Super Silicone refills and they definitely cure the problem.
No chattering, and they seem to last for at least several years.

Hopefully you didn't throw out your original blades, because the refills fit perfectly into that type of blade (doesn't apply to most other vehicles).

You will need a 20" and a 22" IIRC.
This is similar to using a product like Rain-X, so you have to be able to come to terms with the water beading in small droplets - some people just don't like that.

Here is one source for them:
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...E-WIPER-INSERT

TireRack also has PIAA, but just the complete blades I think.
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Old 10-04-2009, 08:36 PM
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Can some one suggest a wiper/blade replace/refill that doesn't chatter? I replaced the blades for the first time after purchasing it used because I thought the existing blades were worn out. The new ANCO blades are no better (ANCO was on it)!!! They squeak, chatter, skip and DRIVE ME NUTS!
Love the Bosch Icon's. I will never go back to the OEM refills.
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:31 AM
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:29 AM
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I couldn't get satisfactory or noiseless performance with O.E. wiper refills from the dealer either.

Then went with PIAA Super Silicone refills and they definitely cure the problem.
No chattering, and they seem to last for at least several years.

Hopefully you didn't throw out your original blades, because the refills fit perfectly into that type of blade (doesn't apply to most other vehicles).

You will need a 20" and a 22" IIRC.
This is similar to using a product like Rain-X, so you have to be able to come to terms with the water beading in small droplets - some people just don't like that.

Here is one source for them:
http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...E-WIPER-INSERT

TireRack also has PIAA, but just the complete blades I think.
So these refills will fit in the OEM blades?
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:58 AM
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The Bosch ICONS are not refills. The blade and bracket are combined into one piece that attach directly to the arm. They are very similiar to the OE wiper blades used on the 2006+ 3-series BMWs.

I have a set of Bosch Icons on my G35 that have lasted 3 years. I have put over 70,000 miles put on the car in that time and they still work well.
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Old 10-05-2009, 09:18 AM
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So these refills will fit in the OEM blades?
Yes, they definitely do - quite easy as well.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:08 AM
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Yes, they definitely do - quite easy as well.
Thanks! I was putting off buying these b/c I thought I had to buy the $30 complete blade. Now to do something about the rear...
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:14 AM
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Yes, they definitely do - quite easy as well.
Supercourse, which stores sell them in Canada? TIA.
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Old 10-05-2009, 11:53 AM
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which stores sell them in Canada?
They are hard to get unfortunately.

I got mine from autopartsway.ca 3 years ago, and I now see that they are no longer listed.

PIAA.com has a "find your nearest dealer" email request form for both U.S. and Canadian customers.

I may have to look into that myself in case I need replacements soon.

Another possibility is:

http://www.precisiontuning.ca/catalo...dbd95bfd28191e

They don't list the refills online, but that doesn't necessarily mean they don't have them.

P.S. As Blue Monk noted, there doesn't seem to be any options for that little rear wiper blade other than the dealer.
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Old 10-05-2009, 12:10 PM
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Thank you Supercourse.
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Old 10-09-2009, 09:19 AM
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Good info! Thanks to all. I just had my X3 serviced at an independent shop in the Nashville area. I am moving back to Maine as I just secured a job there. They changed the oil, fixed my vapor barrier on the rear door, fixed a leak in the differential and did a good inspection of the entire vehicle. They told me that my brakes were in excellent shape. AND installed working wiper blades! These guys are just excellent, clean shop, informative and at least half what the dealer would of charged.

Here is a breakdown of the charges:

Oil & Filter (BMW Synthetic & Filter) $79
Vapor Barrier Repaired $194 (BMW wanted $250 to repair without new vapor barrier)
Differential Leak Repair $429
Electrical Port (cig lighter) repaired $26 (not new just fixed the pins on the connections)

I think overall, the price was very reasonable. Though I am sure most of you have a better idea on this than I.

Once again, thanks for all the info, next post will be from Maine!
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