[A4] Windshield Wiper frustration

David M. Weprin dave at weprin.net
Sun Dec 14 00:00:58 EST 2003

When you bought your PIAA silicone blades... did you buy one for both the
driver side and the passenger side?  Tirerack seems to think that only the
driver side 21" will fit.


-----Original Message-----
From: a4-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:a4-bounces at audifans.com] On Behalf Of
Stephen Lau
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2003 4:14 PM
To: Chris Lue
Cc: a4 at audifans.com; Glenn Ackerson
Subject: Re: [A4] Windshield Wiper frustration

Just wanted to toss in a hearty second vote for the PIAA silicon

got mine from a4stuff.com and i love 'em...

On Wed, Dec 10, 2003 at 02:09:20PM -0800, Chris Lue wrote:
> Glenn,
> Yes, you are correct about the winter wipers - they have a rubber sheath
over the blade mechanism that prevents it from jamming up with ice/snow but
the blade itself is no different than a standard blade.
> I switched to silicone blades about a year ago and will never go back to
standard blades.  Silicone has a few advantages over standard blades:
> -they remain pliable in very extreme temperatures
> -they last several times longer
> -they leave a very thin (not noticeable) silicone residue on the
windshield that causes moisture to bead (i.e., not adhere to the
windshield).  It is a very similar effect to using RainX except that you
never need to reapply!
> I have PIAA blades.  Silblades is the other main manufacturer.  They are
more expensive than standard blades but well worth the money IMO.
> If you don't want to shell out the $$ for these blades, I'd recommend
using RainX.  It does a fantastic job at preventing moisture from adhering
to the glass.  The issue that most people have is that you really do need to
reapply RainX every few weeks to prevent streaking and/or wiper chatter.
> Good luck,
> Chris
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