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Help: Bosch Icon Wiper blades - can't seem to install them!

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by davedavedave, Jul 6, 2018.

  1. davedavedave

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    I have serious wiper blade chatter and squeaks, so based on recommendations from other threads on TMC, I decided to purchase some Bosch Icon Wiper blades from AutoZone. I used their search tool to find blades that fit the Model 3, and it cam up with the 26 and 19 inch Icons: https://www.autozone.com/ignition-tune-up-and-routine-maintenance/wiper-blade-windshield/bosch-icon-wiper-blade-windshield/91670_284746_25448 https://www.autozone.com/ignition-tune-up-and-routine-maintenance/wiper-blade-windshield/bosch-icon-wiper-blade-windshield/91642_477156_25448

    They even say "IT FITS. This product is a fit for your: 2018 Tesla 3 Long Range (Electric) 0.0L 192 kW 258 HP 15cyl". Strange that they say my Model 3 has 15 cylinders though! ;)


    Anyway - no matter what I do, it looks like these won't go on. With the default #2 adapter, it looks like the plate at the bottom butts up against the folded steel clips on the underside of the wiper arm receiver. With the #4 adapter, the blade adapter's outer flanges bump up against the fluid nozzles, even after removing he fluid nozzle clip. Later today I can post pics to make this more clear...

    Has anyone installed these or any Bosch wiper blades on their Model 3? Any pointers or guidance for me is much appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
  2. davedavedave

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    BUMP... anyone?
     
  3. Fusion

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    Pictures? Unless they gave you the wrong ones.
     
  4. SDKoala

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    It doesn't answer your question about the wiper blades, but a common reason for wiper chatter is an invisible residue on the windshield or blades that increases friction and causes the blades to catch. It can happen on brand new cars. I remember reading about this many years ago in a car magazine.

    On my previous cars when this starts happening, I try cleaning the windshield and blades really well before replacing them. And I don't mean just a washing or Windex. I use a slurry of Barkeepers Friend or Bon-Ami first, then an auto glass cleaner for the windshield and rubbing alcohol for the wiper blades. That's usually all it takes. If the blades still chatter after that, then I replace them.

    There really shouldn't be any reason that brand new wiper blades on the Model 3 need to be replaced already. You should try cleaning the windshield and blades first to see if it will eliminate the chattering. I think there's a good chance it will. If it keeps happening even after doing that and replacing the blades, there could be a wiper arm tension problem that service would have to look at.
     
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  5. Beagle

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    While this doesn't answer your question, you might want to think about it. I have had a number of cars that would chatter in one direction; I have given the arms/blades small 'nudges' to make the sweep angle 90 degrees both ways.
     
  6. iwannam3

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    Don't use Comet or other cleaners that contain chlorine bleach! Bon ami does not contain bleach.
     
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  7. davedavedave

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    Yup - ive already scrubbed the windshield and wipers with isopropyl alcohol. Not wanting that to remove my wax and seal, I had to mask the A-pillars as I really scrubbed it hard. I’ve got some rain-x extreme clean (NOT THE SEALER) too as well as some detailing clay if that doesn’t do it.

    I still can’t figure out how to get the bosch wipers on though :(
     
  8. Fusion

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    Pictures would help with what you are talking about.
     
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    Clay bar your windshield.
     
  10. Dave Mac

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    Looks like the same "universal" clip as the rainX wipers I got. They do go on, but I had trouble too because I thought that they slid on in a slightly different position. Here is a video... i wasn't easy doing it with one hand (also explains the vertical video), but anyway:



    Also, they fixed the chattering which was HORRIBLE at low speeds.
     
  11. Jimmy 1

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    I had to slightly modify some Bosch hubs to make them work.
     
  12. stevesnow27

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    Can you post a picture or a video si really want to replace my wipers but couldn’t find Bosch Replacements, what type and number and size are they?
     
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  13. Jimmy 1

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    - Bosch 19OE & Bosch 26OE
    - You need to clip away the top tab so it can clear the "spray wash" mechanism.
    - It should go right in.



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  14. stevesnow27

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    THANKS SO MUCH!!! I am ordering on Amazon right now!
     
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  15. Big-T

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    Uh, so which wipers does tesla reccomend? There must be ones you don't have to break in order to swap?
     
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  16. VT_EE

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    One day of running the wipers in a heavy rain for a couple hours solvedb this problem. Wipers work great now.
     
  17. stevesnow27

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    6E4420C6-F36D-49CC-93DC-45CBC0F03C80.jpeg 9DE437A7-31D2-44B3-9DB4-F292FC486715.jpeg 2D2F99ED-C5DF-40A9-ADC9-BB4D100C07E4.jpeg I ordered the Bosch ICON 19OE & 26OE and mine does not look like yours?
     
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    4E317408-8690-4D01-A475-806A88105535.jpeg 91B50EBD-637D-4B36-9778-10EEB6C3676C.png 60A178F0-F450-441E-961B-E4534994603B.jpeg C0BE0FDA-E648-470C-9622-396FFCD986B1.jpeg 73C670C8-52EF-4252-8862-6AB3CE0F0C5C.jpeg SOLVED!!!

    YOU CANNOT BUY THE BOSCH ICON 19OE AND 26OE FROM AMAZON IT DOESNT COME WITH THE ADAPTER KIT!!!

    Just went to Auto Zone and got the Icon 19OE and 26OE they come with the adapter kit. Use the coupon for $7 off $30 I attached and it’s only $48 total ($6 more than Amazon)

    Also you only need to break off the side that’s on the top (wiper nozzle) side I broke off both on the passenger one and then realized that. The driver wiper I only broke off the top part. Use some needle nosebleed pliers.
     
  19. stevesnow27

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    *needle-nosed pliers haha
     
  20. Kalex

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    #20 Kalex, Sep 11, 2018
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    DBE5E73F-9A9D-47EA-A83A-9577A2651253.jpeg C37D6A87-DA06-493F-A885-2DE4CB898EA9.jpeg AC9425DA-F4BE-45A4-8B45-B3CA3891826D.jpeg I just replaced my daughter's 3D wiper blades with these.
    Thanks Jimmy1 for the tip.
    You need a small screw driver to pop the clip and replace with the #4 adapter. The clipper to trim the tabs, be careful, it's pretty easy to do but brittle.
    Hope the pictures helps.
     
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