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Just curious of anyone else had this problem. The past two sets of support blades i bought i got the right size, but both times the very edges of the blades don't touch the windshield. Anyone else have this issue?

Would buying one size smaller work? Anyone done this? Just curious as I'm due for my third set now. In under two years lol. I drive to much.
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my ranger had this issue on the pass side...i never thought about a smaller blade for that side but i cant imagine a 1'' shorter blade on the pass side will hurt anything
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I always buy the cheapest ones from dollar general... They all suck and get ruined when I turn on the washer fluid because I'm too lazy to scrape the windshield covered in ice. Buy 24 pairs for the price of two rainex blades
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I don't have that issue because i don't use my wipers to clear ice. That's not what their for lol. Just ran out for "lunch break" and picked up two wipers, 18 and a 17 for the partner side. Will report back once i get off work. Working a double tonight
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I've had the same problem with just about every brand I've tried on my Ranger,especially the last 1" on the passenger side of my windshield.....Until,the latest ones I purchased which are the Michelin-High Performance wiper blades(about $6.95ea I think),and they actually allow the ends to flex enough so they work great!;Try some,and you be the judge.
Of course,I'm talking about the standard blades;I live in South Texas,not much ice & snow down here.
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Yeah summer blades dont work say all in winter, already got some motomaster blades, it's what i have now that worked great up till about two weeks ago, so i went with them again just an inch smaller on the passenger side to prevent that useless bit on the end that makes a mess.
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I buy the winter blades with the "rubber cover" which is supposed to help with ice. They've lasted for years for me
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I tried the newer beam type wipers and had the same problem, so I just switched back to the old frame style wipers that came with the truck. Keep in mind that you are just wasting money if you replace the whole wiper every time. You only need to replace the rubber. Advance auto parts still sells them, or amazon. It's like $5 for both sides.
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I buy the winter blades with the "rubber cover" which is supposed to help with ice. They've lasted for years for me
Yeah those are the ones i have. I drive lots that's why they don't last. Can't go by time, gotta go by mileage.
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Got them on the 17" one still has a bit of blade off the glass but not as much.
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Got them on the 17" one still has a bit of blade off the glass but not as much.
You aren't fixing anything with a smaller wiper, now it just clears less glass.
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it will clear the exact same amount as before lol. the bigger 18" blade simply had more hanging off not touching anything. now theres less.

smaller blade was cheaper, still cleans the same amount of glass, how did i lose out here. i saved $2 and bought a coffee. win win.
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Its such a small windsheild, I guess you good put just about any size on the right as you need to. I hate that miss matched sizing thats been going on with most sedans now. 22 inch for the drive and 18 inch for the passenger...I buy the refills. You can trim them to size and save about10 dollars. I've had my Anco winter blades since 07, still working like new. Those all-season beam blades are big bucks!!! Lady freind of mine at work pulled in with golf ball sized ice frozen to both ends of her wiper blades on her new 2009 Nissan Altima. I bought her some Anco winter blades and told her to only use them during winter... she still has hers...
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it will clear the exact same amount as before lol. the bigger 18" blade simply had more hanging off not touching anything. now theres less.

smaller blade was cheaper, still cleans the same amount of glass, how did i lose out here. i saved $2 and bought a coffee. win win.
Or to look at it another way, you went out and spent money a new wiper that doesn't completely work, just like your old wiper. You did get coffee though!

Why not just find a wiper that actually works in the right size? The stock ones work perfectly all the way to the edge. If your happy with it then great, but it seems like you found a way to spend money on not fixing the problem.
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The bad thing here is that when the weather gets colder, that part that is hanging off the window does not touch the window at all cause the blade is not getting warmed by the widow defroster. The rubber stiffen up at the end of the blade and creates sort of a lift inbetween the end of the blade and about 3 inches in from the end of the passender side wiper, then you get that salt streak on the windsheild till the rest of the wiper warms up from the warm windsheild. The driver side sits flat on the windsheild and get all of the blade warmed by the defrost vent. I don't care what Bosch says in that commercial about their $20.00 blade, all material exposed to freezing weather will stiffen up. A shorter blade on the passenger side would have less of a hang over effect. I think the wipers on my 89 mustnag are only 14 inches...
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Or to look at it another way, you went out and spent money a new wiper that doesn't completely work, just like your old wiper. You did get coffee though!

Why not just find a wiper that actually works in the right size? The stock ones work perfectly all the way to the edge. If your happy with it then great, but it seems like you found a way to spend money on not fixing the problem.
I had stock blades when i got the truck. they did the same thing bud.

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The bad thing here is that when the weather gets colder, that part that is hanging off the window does not touch the window at all cause the blade is not getting warmed by the widow defroster. The rubber stiffen up at the end of the blade and creates sort of a lift inbetween the end of the blade and about 3 inches in from the end of the passender side wiper, then you get that salt streak on the windsheild till the rest of the wiper warms up from the warm windsheild. The driver side sits flat on the windsheild and get all of the blade warmed by the defrost vent. I don't care what Bosch says in that commercial about their $20.00 blade, all material exposed to freezing weather will stiffen up. A shorter blade on the passenger side would have less of a hang over effect. I think the wipers on my 89 mustnag are only 14 inches...

bingo. stock ones did the same thing. now i dont get any streaking that freezes because theres barely any hanging off at all.


and my passenger side wiper was fucked anyways. i saved the old driver side as a spare in case one od the new ones ever messes up.
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