Re: Wal-Mart doing headlights
Postby Brent Deines » Fri Jun 13, 2008 5:30 pm
I used to have my oil changes at Wal-Mart but either the filter or the drain plug leaked after each oil change. For awhile I just tightened everything up myself, but after awhile I got annoyed and payed the service manager a visit. That is when I was told that the leak was do to the cheap Wal-Mart oil that they used being more "slippery" than name brand oils, so if I opted for the premium oil change at about twice the price I would not have any more leaks. Needless to say I never went back.
It would be interesting to watch them do a 5-10 minute headlight restoration. I have seen a few "systems" that consisted of wiping the lenses with a solvent/cleaner, then coating with a clear sealer. I'm guessing something similar is being used here, and that the results are less than professional quality.
If that is the case I hope it doesn't give the industry a bad reputation.
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Likewise, people ask, does Walmart install wiper blades for free?
Wiper blade installation, just $10 eachAvailable for Walmart-purchased blades only. Additional charges may apply for using wiper blades not purchased at Walmart.
Secondly, does Walmart sell Bosch wiper blades? Bosch All Wiper Blades - Walmart.com.
Likewise, how much should wiper blades cost?
The average cost for a windshield wiper blade replacement is between $56 and $89. Labor costs are estimated between $26 and $34 while parts are priced between $30 and $55. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
How do you know what windshield wipers to buy?
Windshield wiper blades come in many sizes, and chances are your car takes a different size on each side. Look in your car's owner's manual, measure the blade, or ask at an auto-parts store for the proper fit.
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The National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) mission is to combat insurance fraud. Unfortunately, as an investigator with the organization, I see a surge in auto glass fraud cases here in my hometown.
Last year, anti-fraud advocates focused efforts on “assignment of benefits” (AOB) fraud involving property insurance. Key to that effort were homeowners such as Charles and Wendy Snellgrove from Clearwater, who were featured in the Tampa Bay Times. Wendy and Charles signed what they thought was a contract to have their kitchen sink repaired for a minor leak when, in fact, they signed over their insurance rights to a third-party repair vendor, entering them into a year-long legal battle.
As we embark on another legislative session, we can only hope state lawmakers can do the same to protect auto insurance policyholders.
Tampa continues to be one of the worst areas in the state when it comes to fraudsters looking to take advantage of auto policyholders by convincing them they need a windshield replaced. Some glass repair companies bill for services and never actually replace the windshield, or even replace windshields that do not have damage. Victims have told me that some companies are using scare tactics by saying things like the molding is defective or deteriorating, which could cause a safety problem. These companies often advise victims that there is a state law allowing policyholders to get a “free windshield” if they have any damage.
Some companies approach people at car washes and grocery store parking lots. They will even go to door-to-door, offering free steak dinners, gift cards and referral fees if you sign up for the windshield replacement.
The AOB form means you are giving the auto glass company the right to file an insurance claim, make repairs, collect insurance payments and control any litigation in your name surrounding your claim. The problem is these companies are turning this into a lucrative business by inflating your insurance claim, often two to three times the local going rate, and collecting the money for themselves. This type of AOB abuse is a scam and must be stopped.
A recent Florida Justice Reform Institute (FJRI) report based on data obtained from the Florida Department of Financial Services found that in 2006 approximately 397 auto glass AOB lawsuits were filed against auto insurers. That number rose to approximately 24,000 in 2017 — an increase of 5,945 percent. The number of auto glass lawsuits filed here in Hillsborough and in Orange counties is higher than anywhere else in the state.
This is a very organized scheme, and according to the FJRI report, 60 percent of all lawsuits filed on behalf of glass shops come from just four law firms, and about a dozen law firms file nearly 100 percent of the lawsuits. These lawsuits are driving up costs for consumers, as we all pay for this abuse in the form of higher insurance costs.
Joy Shanafelt is a special agent with the National Insurance Crime Bureau in Tampa.
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Why you should trust us
Ed Grabianowski has been writing about the automotive industry for sites like HowStuffWorks since 2005. He’s written about million-dollar supercars and raced a $200 Saturn in the snow. He said, “I’m no master mechanic, but I handle basic maintenance and am slowly restoring a classic car (if you think finding wipers for your car is hard, try finding them for a 1963 Ford Thunderbird).”
Rik Paul was the automotive editor for Consumer Reports for 14 years, where he edited all of the publication’s auto accessory tests, including, yes, windshield wipers. Prior to that, he was the senior feature editor for Motor Trend for nine years, where he wrote a monthly column about car care and maintenance. He cut his teeth in the area of auto maintenance and repair by writing DIY repair manuals for Haynes Publications, rebuilding an engine that started out as pieces in a wooden crate, and coaxing several past-their-prime cars down the road with a ready toolbox and lots of TLC.
To help us figure out which wipers work best, we also talked to other automotive writers and experts, interviewed several auto-service shops (in Chicago and Portland, where wipers get lots of use), dove into user ratings on several websites, and have been running ongoing tests of our picks and other wipers.
When to replace your wiper blades
Wipers should smoothly clear water, snow, and slush from your windshield with no squeaking, chattering, skipping, or grabbing. If you notice these signs, or if a wiper is leaving streaks or bands of water, it may be time for new ones. When long-term testing our picks, they typically worked well for about nine months to a year before showing signs of wear, although this varied, depending on the conditions, the type of wiper, and how well they were maintained. Sure, wipers see a lot of action in wetter and snowier areas, but even in the southwest, where you can go months without rain, they can degrade quickly. The constant heat, dryness, and sunlight can deteriorate the rubber element; we’ve even seen long-unused wipers that had to be peeled off of the windshield glass. So, in those conditions, it’s good to run your wipers about once a week while spraying the windshield with washer fluid.
When we asked representatives from several service shops about problems they’d seen caused by worn, neglected wipers, the answers were both similar and convincing. “I personally have seen people wait so long that the blade becomes old and brittle, and it damages the window,” said Joe Betancourt Jr., VP of Joe’s Expert Auto in Chicago. “In some cases, the blade comes off with the backing and the arm will gouge the glass, causing an expensive and unneeded repair.”
Pete McAdoo, of Honest-1 Auto Care in Portland, agrees, “I’ve seen them come off, come apart to where they scratch the glass. And now they have an etching of the sweep of the wiper on the glass.” McAdoo has also seen disintegrated wipers get hung up on something and damage the wiper motor: over a prolonged period of time, even a wiper that’s chattering and dragging on the windshield “puts stress on the motor and linkage,” which can shorten their service life. “Change them on a regular basis,” he advices. Travis Decker, of Portland’s Atomic Auto Service, agrees: “Wipers are cheap insurance” against more costly repairs.
If you notice your wipers having problems, first try cleaning the rubber blade. Sometimes that’s all it takes to get a few more weeks or months from your existing wipers. Dip a clean paper towel or cloth in a little water, washer fluid, or rubbing alcohol and wipe along the edge of the blade. Also, look at it closely and feel for any adhered debris or roughness. The edge should be sharp and smooth without any nicks, chips, or gaps, and the rubber should be pliable, not cracked or brittle.
In the winter, thoroughly scrape ice off of the windshield before using the wipers, as ice can abrade the rubber and dull or damage the edge.
Geoff Helzer, of Portland’s Green Drop Garage, said that another common problem he’s seen is a film that builds up on the windshield from oily, greasy road-grime spray. “The film can be removed by using a windshield stripper product that does a deep clean of the windshield surface,” he said. It requires some elbow grease, but “has proven to be very effective in returning the glass to a like-new condition.”
If cleaning doesn’t help the wipers, it’s time for new ones. And always replace them in pairs, because if one wears out, the other won’t be far behind.
Replace both wipers. Once one blade wears out, the other won’t be far behind.
While a lot of people wait for these problem signs to appear before buying new wipers, it’s better to be proactive and replace them before you need to. Not being able to see clearly in a sudden downpour or heavy snow or ice storm can be a real drag, not to mention dangerous. And then there’s that “cheap insurance” thing, too—it’s better to replace them before they wear to the point where they can cause damage to the car.
So, how often should you replace your wipers? Wiper manufacturers and a couple of the shops we talked to suggest replacing them every six months. But once per year may be a reasonable interval for you. In an online poll we conducted, about a quarter of respondents said they replace their wipers about every nine to 12 months, while about a fifth said every 12 to 18 months. Almost as many—18 percent—agreed that we summed up their thinking on the issue with the question, “Wait. Wiper blades don’t last forever?”
Travis Decker, of Atomic Auto Service, recommends to replace them as needed, but that depends on the climate. “Here, in Oregon, I suggest every fall.” Joe Betancourt, of Joe’s Expert Auto, said, “In areas like where we are (Chicago), I recommend every 3 to 4 months during the winter season, due to icing on the windshield.”
If you have a tough time remembering to get new blades, tie the task to another regular event. The windshield wiper industry has tried to co-opt Groundhog Day as national “replace your wipers day,” so you can use that if it works for you.
Types of wiper blades
There are several types of wiper blades available for today’s cars, including traditional bracket blades, low-profile beam blades, and newer hybrid blades that combine those designs. Each has its own advantages, and the one that’s best for you depends on your vehicle, your budget, and your local climate.
The older-style brackets, which use a framework with multiple contact points to press the blade to the windshield, are typically the least expensive, but they’re more vulnerable to wintry conditions. The metal framework allows snow and ice to collect during winter driving. That buildup can bind the wiper and cause smearing, streaking, or a complete failure to clear the windshield. If you drove cars before beam blades became popular, you might have had to open your window while driving and reach out to “snap” the wiper against the windshield to clear away the ice buildup. So-called “winter” blades are designed to prevent this; they’re basically a bracket blade with a big rubber boot that covers the metal framework to keep the ice out. But winter wipers have all but disappeared since the introduction of beam blades.
Beam blades, which use a single curved piece of metal within the blade to provide tension and contact, generally work better than bracket-style blades in wintry conditions. That’s because their sleek design doesn’t give snow and ice anything to build up on. They can cost a few dollars more than bracket-type wipers, however. Some of the manufacturers and experts we consulted told us that the design of beam blades gives them better performance and greater durability than bracket blades because they spread the force evenly along the length of the blade instead of at the contact points where the brackets attach.
Beam blades generally work better than bracket-style blades in wintry conditions.
Geoff Helzer, of the Green Drop Garage, said, “We have found the beam-type blades maintain better contact with the windshield and produce less chatter during lower temperatures.”
Luke Perkowski, former senior product manager with Bosch, told us “The pressure distribution is also better on a beam blade. With a bracket, the load path travels through the frame to the claws that connect to the blade. There’s more pressure at the claws, which accelerates wear. We can also engineer beams more precisely, to create the best curvature for the radius of the windshield, which allows for consistent wear and even pressure.” That sounds great if the blades fit your car, but, again, different windshields have different curvatures.
In terms of durability, however, our long-term testing didn’t show a significant difference between beam and bracket blades.
Hybrid blades, which have become more popular in recent years, have a similar construction as bracket blades, but with an outer shell that helps give them a lower-profile, more aerodynamic shape. This helps give them similar resistance to snow and ice buildup as beam blades.
If your vehicle originally came with bracket blades, you can typically upgrade to beam-blade or hybrid replacements. If your car originally came with beam blades, however, you should replace them with the same type to make sure they fit right and provide the same performance.
How we picked
Our initial research on windshield wipers led us to three insights: There are no recent tests of wiper blades that are a reliable barometer; it’s very difficult to get hard data on wiper performance; and, as long as wipers fit the windshield and can handle wintry conditions, there doesn’t seem to be a great gap in performance between most wipers in the early months of use. In fact, Geoff Helzer, of Portland, Oregon’s Green Drop Garage, said, “Honestly, if they are being changed twice a year, almost any brand will be sufficient.” (Of course, we know that most people don’t change them that often; only 16 percent of our survey respondents reported changing wipers every six to nine months.)
So, we reasoned that the best way to identify wipers that are best for most people is to see which models draw the most positive—and the least negative—feedback from users and professionals. We interviewed representatives from several auto-service shops in such weather-challenged areas as Chicago and Portland, Oregon (which averages more than 150 rainy days per year). We also reviewed user ratings on a number of websites that sell wipers, noting which models tend to show up at the top. And finally we took a deep dive into the ratings for the top 60 best-selling wipers on Amazon. Here, because of the high number of user reviews, we could look beyond the overall ratings to see each wiper’s percentage of five- and one-star ratings and the differential between the two. We’ve found that when a driver buys a wiper that doesn’t fit his car’s windshield—leaving streaks or bands of unwiped water—he or she generally gives it a one-star rating. So that is a good indication of how many cars a particular wiper doesn’t fit well. So, the larger the differential between five- and one-star ratings, the more people were happy and the fewer people were unhappy. And we figured that means it’s more likely that you’ll be happy with the wiper as well.
Our pick: Bosch Icon
While no wiper blade is right for every car, our research shows that the Bosch Icon is a good bet for most drivers. Sure, you could get a wiper that fits your car perfectly by paying a visit to your dealership and possibly paying more. But if you want to simply order online or pick wipers up in an auto-parts store or big-box retailer (as more than 80 percent of people who responded to our online wiper survey do), we’re convinced that the Icon is an easy choice for many people. The Icon is a beam-blade wiper that, like all beam blades, works better than traditional bracket wipers in wintry conditions, so it’s a good year-round performer. Among the four auto service shops we talked to in Chicago, Illinois and rainy Portland, Oregon, Bosch wipers are recommended by two of them. The Icon, which is Bosch’s top-of-the-line model, is consistently among the top-rated wipers on websites that sell a wide range of models, including Amazon, Walmart, Advance Auto Parts, and JC Whitney. And on Amazon, which has by far the most user ratings, Icon models not only get among the highest overall ratings of any best-selling wiper at the time of this writing, across all sizes, they earn the highest percentage of five-star ratings and the lowest percentage of one-star ratings among the most popular wipers, meaning the Icon is more likely to fit your car.
Although the Icon has been around since 2005, Bosch reformulated its rubber element at the beginning of 2015, now using what it calls its “ClearMax 365” composition, a design that’s exclusive to the Icon and other premium Bosch models. The company claims that internal testing shows this formula to resist cracking from ozone up to 40 percent longer than competitors. Because that’s a Bosch test, you can take it with a grain of salt (and ozone certainly isn’t the only thing that degrades wiper blades). But it’s a good example of how things are constantly evolving in this market.
What we can tell is that most users rate the Icon wipers highly. Our in-depth look at user reviews and ratings on Amazon, for example, revealed that the vast majority of people who bought the Bosch Icon wipers are very happy with them, more than with any other popular model.
Bosch is also a trusted brand in this area. As one of the largest suppliers of auto parts, it provides original-equipment wipers to such companies as Ford, Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, and Porsche, according to Autohaus AZ. Geoff Helzer of the Green Drop Garage in Portland, Oregon, said that his shop tends to use Bosch wiper blades on their customers’ vehicles. Similarly, Travis Decker, of Portland, Oregon’s Atomic Auto Service, told us that they typically recommend Bosch Evolution wipers, a beam blade that’s one step down from the Icon in Bosch’s lineup. He added that they used to sell the Icons, but that “the Evolution seems to be a very similar product” at a little lower price. (When we checked, the Evolution was a couple dollars less than the Icon on Amazon for similar sizes.) The only other brands recommended by the shops we talked to were PIAA and Denso, which supplies original-equipment wipers to several automakers and isn’t available through many retailers.
Is the Icon a sure bet? No. A small percentage of users have been disappointed, often because it didn’t fit the contour of their windshield well or didn’t attach to the wiper arm correctly. In fact, we experienced this latter problem when installing a set of Icons on a 2013 VW Jetta for long-term testing. Although the car selector tool indicated that the 24OE and 19OE versions would fit the car, the connectors on those wipers don’t fit easily in the car's wiper arms. (Similar problems with the Icon OE models have been reported by other Audi and VW owners, and the selector tools have now been corrected.) We were left with the choice of either returning them or removing a couple small plastic protrusions on the connector to make them fit. We went with the latter option, which took about 15 minutes per wiper with a drill and small grinder attachment; though not the most elegant solution, it worked.
Long-term test notes
Over the past couple of years, several Wirecutter staffers have had good experiences with the Bosch Icon wipers on a variety of cars. One of this guide’s writers, located in the New York area, got excellent performance from the Icons on his 2013 VW Jetta for more than a year before he began to hear some squeaking and saw some smeared water left behind after a wipe. Still, he cleaned them regularly and squeezed another year out of them before buying replacements.
Other staffers have had no problems with their Icons over the past nine months to a year (including a full winter) while using them on a 2000 Honda CR-V in Saint Paul, Minnesota; a 2005 Honda Pilot in the San Francisco Bay Area; and a 2008 Ford Escape and 2004 Ford Explorer in Houston. In a future update, we’ll let you know how long they go before showing signs of wear.
Runner-up: Rain-X Latitude
When we first published this guide in 2013, we chose the Rain-X Latitude as our top pick. And after running it on a number of cars over the course of a year, we found it worked well for most of our drivers (although not definitively better than the Valeo 600 bracket-type blade that was also in that test). Overall, though, it doesn’t fare as well in user reviews as the Bosch Icon, and more people have complained that it doesn’t fit their windshield well.
In our long-term test, only one of eight drivers had problems with the Latitude from the start (on a 2004 Chevrolet Impala). And while the Latitude is a best seller on Amazon and is generally rated highly, it’s garnered more negative reviews than the Icon, with many people complaining about the fit.
While our experience has been pretty positive overall, on other websites we looked at, the Latitude doesn’t show up among the higher-rated models as often as the Icon, and none of the service shops we interviewed mentioned they recommend it to their customers.
In 2015, Rain-X introduced a new version, called the Latitude Water Repellency wiper, which the company claims leaves a thin layer of Rain-X water-repelling treatment on the windshield to help water flow off more easily. Although this wiper gets mostly positive user ratings on Amazon, some people have complained that the Rain-X coating lasts only a few weeks, and a few have complained about the rubber element becoming separated from the wiper. We’re not surprised by the first gripe, as, in our own testing, we’ve found the Rain-X repellent itself effective but short-lived. We’ve also just installed a pair of Latitude Water Repellency wipers on a staffer’s car to get our own impressions.
Also great: Valeo 600 and Rain-X Weatherbeater
If your car originally came with traditional bracket-type wipers and you don’t need the extra insurance that beam blades provide in snowy and icy conditions, you can save a few bucks by sticking with a bracket wiper. The Valeo 600 is one we can personally vouch for, as it was one of the two wipers (with the Rain-X Latitude) that we used in our long-term, multicar test. The Rain-X Weatherbeater is another best seller on Amazon that has gotten high ratings. It’s also among the higher-rated wipers on Advance Auto Parts’ website.
In our long-term testing, the Valeo 600 received high scores from most drivers; an exception was one with a 2010 Ford Edge, who gave it only a six out of 10. And though yes, a lot has changed in the wipers market since we first started testing, Amazon users still rate it well. The differential between five- and one-star ratings puts it solidly between the Bosch Icon and Rain-X Latitude in how well it works for most people.
The Rain-X Weatherbeater has garnered similarly good reviews as the Valeo 600. Some Weatherbeater versions have also earned a high rating from users on Advance Auto Parts.
Upgrade pick: PIAA Super Silicone
PIAA Super Silicone wipers cost a few bucks more than most wipers of a similar design, but they’re claimed to last longer and are backed up by high praise from both one of the shops we interviewed and Amazon users. When we asked Travis Decker of Portland, Oregon’s Atomic Auto which wipers he recommends, he told us that “PIAA Silicone are the best I have ever used.” They “last longer and are impregnated with silicone, so they leave a slight bit of water-repellent film on the windshield.” He does admit that they’re pricey, though, which is one reason he typically recommends Bosch blades to his customers. PIAA claims that the silicone element will last “at least 2x longer than traditional blades.” We can’t comment on this until we have spent more time with them, but users are pretty enthusiastic, giving the bracket-type Super Silicone wiper a high overall rating on Amazon. PIAA wipers are available as beam-blade, bracket, and hybrid designs, and on Amazon all get high overall ratings with relatively few negative reviews.
Best window treatment: Rain-X Original Glass Water Treatment
Water-repellent windshield coatings, which help water bead off the glass, can be an effective supplement to wipers, helping make it easier to see out of your windshield—they’re especially useful in heavy rain. If you want the most effective repellent, pick up the classic Rain-X Original Glass Water Repellent and commit to applying it once a month—its effectiveness wears out after several weeks.
Once applied, Rain-X forms a hydrophobic coating that causes water to bead up and quickly slide off your windshield—instead of spreading out on the glass—especially at highway speeds. This makes it easier to see through the clear areas between the beads, and takes some of the workload off your wipers. Rain-X has worked very well in our testing, and it has received the most reliably positive user reviews we’ve found, but most users agree that you need to reapply it about once a month to maintain effectiveness.
If you simply want to give your windshield a boost, Aquapel Glass Treatment isn’t quite as effective as Rain-X and is quite a bit more expensive, but it can last much longer—it’s a better option if you don’t want to bother with monthly applications. Instead of coating your windshield, Aquapel bonds to the glass chemically and should last for three to six months before you’ll need to reapply. To give you an idea of how the two compare, check out this YouTube video that shows a 30-day comparison: Rain-X is more effective at first but after a month Aquapel still works even after the Rain-X has all but worn off.
For either product, you’ll need to start with an extremely clean windshield, and both products dry best in warm weather, out of direct sun. Even when perfectly applied, however, these treatments have potential drawbacks. Some people complain that the products cause noticeable haziness at night. Others report trouble getting windshield chips professionally filled after learning that the chemicals interfered with repair methods, though Aquapel’s site refutes such claims.
How to choose wipers
In our online poll, we asked people, “Is it hard to find wiper blades that fit your vehicle?” While 93 percent of the respondents said no, seven percent said yes. One person wrote that the clips often don’t match the arms on European models (a problem we experienced with our VW Jetta), but we were surprised to see owners of such models as the Honda Civic and Fit and the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Liberty having problems, too.
Unfortunately, there’s often no surefire way to figure out which brand and model of wiper blade will give you the best fit until you’ve actually bought and tried to install them. So check the return policy and keep the receipt regardless of what you buy and where you buy it. If you’re having trouble finding a wiper that fits your windshield well, don’t fret; we have some best practices for finding something that will:
- Find the right size. Look in your owner’s manual to see what size wipers your car or truck uses. Often, it needs different sizes for the driver and passenger sides of the windshield. And if your vehicle has a rear wiper, it could need still a third size for that. Amazon and other websites that sell wipers will recommend wiper models and/or sizes if you input the model and year of your car, but we’ve found that the recommended versions can be incorrect now and then, so check your manual to be sure. The chances are that you’ll install the new wipers and be on your merry way. But if they can’t attach properly to the wiper arm or don’t fit well with your windshield, leaving unwiped bands or areas of water, what’s your next move?
- If you don’t mind possibly spending a little more money, you could get wipers through a dealership that would be direct replacements for the ones that originally came on your vehicle. These may not be the latest high-tech designs, but they should fit. Or give a call to the dealer’s parts department and ask which make and model wiper comes on that car. Then, you may be able to order it online through the normal channels.
- Check what’s working for others. Look for online forums for your make and model of vehicle and search for “wipers.” The forum users may have had this discussion already and come up with specific wiper recommendations. Or search online user reviews of wipers, using your make and model of car as the search terms. If users have had success or difficulty using particular wipers on your make and model, you’ll know whether to buy or avoid.
- Here’s another alternative. Several wiper manufacturers offer an “OEM” line of wipers that are claimed to be similar to the ones that came on the car. Trico Exact Fit and Rain-X Expert Fit are two examples. True, you have no guarantee those wipers will fit or attach properly, either. But at least, that’s what the manufacturers are aiming for.
Our bottom-line advice is to find a wiper that fits your car and replace it every year.
What about refilling existing blades?
Sometimes, you can save a few dollars by replacing only the rubber wiping element of your windshield wipers (known as a wiper refill or insert), and keeping the existing metal frame. This is an inexpensive way to refresh your wipers that many people have long championed. For most people, though, we don’t recommend doing this because of the drawbacks. First, you need to remember the exact type of wiper that’s on your car so that you can get the correct replacement element. For many people, installing a refill is more difficult than simply attaching a wiper blade to a car's wiper arm. In addition, the wiping element isn’t the only thing that wears out, especially with traditional bracket-style wipers.
The wiper’s framework and connections are also subject to wear, and they can get bound up or loose, causing the wipers to rattle, to skip, or to lose contact with the windshield. Former Popular Mechanics autos editor Mike Allen wrote about wipers in 2005, saying, “But by the time you need [wiper refills], the articulated arm itself is probably in bad shape, too. If it’s sticking, the blade won’t conform to the shape of the glass, leaving you with streaks or unwiped areas. Spring for a complete wiper blade.”
As we heard from all of the shops we interviewed, worn wiper arms can come loose or break, marring the windshield or damaging the wiper linkage or motor. That said, if you’re handy with auto parts, know what to look for when inspecting wipers, have some patience, and can find the right inserts, installing them remains a money-saving option.
Joe Betancourt Jr, Joe’s Expert Auto, Chicago, Interview
Pete McAdoo, Honest-1 Auto Care, Portland, Oregon, Interview
Travis Decker, Atomic Auto Service, Portland, Oregon, Interview
Geoff Helzer, Green Drop Garage, Portland, Oregon, Interview
Luke Perkowski, Robert Bosch LLC, Farmington Hills, Michigan, Interview
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- Fix windshield damage as quickly as possible. The longer you wait, the higher your chances of making the problem worse. Every mile you drive with a chip or crack is an opportunity for it to spread, and any dirt that makes its way into the damaged area will be visible after the repair is finished.
- Windshield repair kits are not a substitute for replacement. While properly applied resin will restore the structural integrity of your glass, it won’t eliminate visual damage and you’ll still be able to see where the repair was made. Don’t worry, though, you’re probably the only one who will notice.
- Look for a kit that has all the accessories required for the job: resin, an injector, curing strips, adhesives, applicators, and a razor blade. Alcohol wipes, pushpins, and a pedestal are also great to have to complete the task.
- When repairing a crack, make sure it isn't bigger than 1.5 inches in diameter. Also, make sure a star- or flower-shaped crack is smaller than 6 inches in length.
- Be patient when repairing your windshield. Take your time, thoroughly read the directions, and become familiar with all the tools before you start the project. If you rush, you may make a mistake.
- The first step to a quality repair is cleaning the surface. Remember that any dust left behind will become trapped in the resin and remain visible after it hardens. The residue left on the surface can also affect the resin’s ability to properly bond with your glass.
- When spreading the resin, determine how much pressure you need to apply (too much can make the crack worse). Use only quality resin, and smooth it out enough so that the windshield wiper blades don't get caught on the substance and loosen the patch.
- When you finish using the windshield repair kit and the resin solidifies, use a razor blade to scrape excess resin away from the windshield. Then clean the glass with a cloth.
- Not all windshield damage can be repaired. Before you spend your time and money on a do-it-yourself repair kit, thoroughly inspect the damage and determine if a replacement windshield is required.
Q: Is it better to repair or replace a cracked windshield?
If the crack or chip is smaller than the size of a quarter, a windshield repair kit can do the job just fine. A good-quality DIY kit will prevent a rock chip or crack from expanding but will not remove the damage, and correcting a cracked window is not very costly. In fact, professionals use similar or identical techniques to repair small chips and cracks. However, if the crack, bullseye, or star is directly in front of your line of sight, you may want to replace the windshield. Also, if your vehicle is old, the windshield may not hold up as well under stress and probably should be replaced.
Q: How do I use a windshield repair kit?
Position the applicator over the crack, and insert the extension base over it. Put the resin tube over the extension and tighten it until resin replaces the air inside the applicator. Press the syringe to insert six to 10 drops of resin inside the applicator. Put the provided screw inside the resin chamber, and turn it clockwise until it tightens. The resin will press against the glass. After five to 10 minutes, unscrew and remove the applicator.
Q: How do you keep a windshield crack from spreading?
There are ways to delay the inevitable, but a cracked windshield is only going to get worse. Every bump and change in temperature has the potential to damage your windshield beyond repair. You can even cause a crack to spread just by touching the glass with your finger. Take our advice and fix the problem before it’s too late.
Q: Can I use a windshield repair kit on other things?
Sure! If the alternative is to throw something away, it might be worth your time to try repairing it with one of these kits. We’ve heard of people repairing everything from old-school glass headlights to the glass in a procure frame.
Our pick for the best windshield repair kit is the Rain-X Windshield Repair Kit. The biggest benefit is that it can be used for multiple repairs. It is also easy to use and makes chips and cracks significantly less visible.
For a less expensive option, consider the 3M Windshield Repair Kit.
For a premium option that’s good enough for the pros, take a look at the Clearshield Auto Glass Repair Kit.
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