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Wiper blade options for Model S

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by Jeffruby, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Jeffruby

    Jeffruby Member

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    New Model S- dealt with snow today. After the snow melted I ran wipers and noticed that they don't move smoothly back and forth but instead the speed of the wipers kind of whips. Is this normal? I'm sure it is, just did not notice it before.
     
  2. TheAustin

    TheAustin Model S: P2009 P85

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    I've noticed that they seem to "whip" back and forth, especially at high speed...And I also feel like, at times, they don't "stick" to the windshield enough (they often "miss" spots), but yet at other times, they seem to be dragging/squeaking over the windshield, even when it is raining and there is water on the windshield. It's quite bizarre...I've never seen windshield wipers be so ineffectual, on both ends of the spectrum. (In the grand scheme of things, it's minor...But to me it's very noticeable, and frustrating that it should be like this in the first place. with all of the technological advances in the car, how hard is it to have wipers that work well?!)
     
  3. Jeffruby

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    Thanks for confirming the whip. I thought I busted the motor trying to use them to push heavy snow off (they stopped as couldn't push the snow)
     
  4. mattboyd

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    I'm not sure if it will help, but eventually you'll probably get a new wiper carrier assembly, as there is a factory update. My car had the issue on any icy day when the wipers just quit working because they stripped somewhere in that mechanism, and the whole assembly was replaced with the updated system.
     
  5. alexhamilton71

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    Here in the Seattle area wipers tend to be a big deal :biggrin:. The stock blades weren't getting the job done to my liking so I opted for these which have worked quite well: http://www.boschautoparts.com/WiperBlades/Pages/Icon.aspx

    The key is to get the 28OE (driver) and 17OE (passenger). I made the mistake of getting the non-OE version first and it has the wrong type of attachment. Here are handy links to the correct ones:

    http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-28OE-ICON-Wiper-Blade/dp/B005JU61D6
    http://www.amazon.com/Bosch-17OE-ICON-Wiper-Blade/dp/B00F9VNPC0
     
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  6. Klaus

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    Thanks for figuring those out! I've used Bosch ICON wipers exclusively on our other cars (Lexus, Prius, BMW) and they were the best I could find, except for some outrageously expensive PIAA silicone wipers that I tried once on my former BMW. You had to get the correct one's (A vs B) to make them fit the windshield curvature.

    The 17" one can currently not be ordered at Amazon :confused:
     
  7. alexhamilton71

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    Rats! Today Amazon shows 6-8 weeks delivery lead time for the 17" blade. On the Bosch site there is a retailer search...
     
  8. jamieb

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    Driving in heavy rain on Monday I noticed a weird wiper behavior - in addition to the chattering that others have noticed, I observed that at the low speeds the left-most range of the driver side wiper blade was about 4" from the A pillar; when at high speeds, the wiper came within a half inch of the A pillar. Also seemed to randomly switch from slow to fast without any rhyme or reason. Is my wiper motor mis-calibrated or defective? Has anyone else seen this behavior?

    I've mentioned this to my SC and have a scheduled maintenance coming up when they plan to take a look; was told they have replacement wiper motors and assemblies in stock if it needs to be replaced.
     
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    Alright! These Bosch wipers are WAY better than the stock ones. No more chatter or squeaking. Thank goodness.

    Only problem is the shorter, passenger side blade at a 17OE is a bit short. I think an 18OE would be a better fit. I ordered one of those and will let everyone know.

    Photo of the 17OE coming up short against the original blade's wipe arc. The rubber blade ends right below the "B" in "BOSCH"
    IMG_20140413_212353.jpg
     
  11. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    For those in Canada interested, Canadian Tire sells these Bosch blades.
     
  12. CanuckS#69

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    Crappy Tire even lists the Model S in their database. I tried asking it for a fuel filter, starter motor, and exhaust system. :)
     
  13. psingram

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    Blades

    Hi all, there was a thread here a few days back concerning better wiper blades for the S, now I cant find it. We need the best we can find up here. We pick our Red Rocket up on 6 May and thought I would take a pair down with me. Almost for sure it will be raining. I think the top vote went to Bosh but don't remember the #
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    OK, got the 18. Seems to fit right, doesn't hit the driver's side wiper, but it was actually sunny today here in Seattle so I wasn't able to try it out for real.
     
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    Thank you palmer_md!that is the one.
     
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    WalMart carries Bosch and RainX wiper blades, although not sure if the MS size.
     
  18. Ugliest1

    Ugliest1 S85: "Sparky"

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    I'm not sure this is the same thing (I haven't had any motor problems, squeaky blades, non-cleaning, etc), but my wipers occasionally whip, then suddenly slow, etc. I put it down to the random volume of raindrops hitting the sensor area (in front of the central mirror on the windshield), when the sensor thinks it's raining heavily (or the GPS says it's in Seattle*) it speeds the wipers up.

    *just kidding! :)
     
  19. Librarian

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    How did the 18 work out? I'm about to order new blades too.
     
  20. EarlyAdopter

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    The 18 is a perfect fit. Got to exercise the new blades in Seattle rain last week and the overlap is just right. 0 chatter, too. Love 'em!
     

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