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Old 01-07-2009, 07:36   #1 (permalink)
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2008 ford escape wiper blades

Anyone recommend wipers for this? I have standard ones that need replacing i cant seem to find any. The Original ones don't work well in snow at all!?! Thanks
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Re: 2008 ford escape wiper blades

Most wipers only have a couple ways of attaching themselves to the arm. It shouldn't be too hard to find replacement blades. I picked up some steel blades for $5 at my local Canadian Tire. Most vehicles specify a smaller passenger blade due to clearances as newer windshields are raked back a good amount. Instead of purchasing say a 21" blade for the driver and a 18" for the passenger side as per the owners manual, I'll buy two 18" blades to keep things simple and save money on the expense of the larger blades. I don't notice the loss of 3" on the drivers blade when it pours rain or snows. Winter blades that have the black wrap around the body run around $8 Canadian in my area for 18" size.
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Re: 2008 ford escape wiper blades

Unless things have changed recently, its not possible to get winter blades for my 2008 Ford Escape. When last I checked a few months ago, Ford didn't carry them, and they're also not available in the aftermarket (eg Canadian Tire). I'd love to be proven wrong though.

The stock blades do an incredibly poor job in winter weather, compared to other vehicles for which I've been able to get winter blades.
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Re: 2008 ford escape wiper blades

all wiper blades on my 08 escape suck. i had ford replace them once, for free because i complained that on the driver's side it doesn't clear rain or snow...right where i need to see! I was also told they don't make winter blades for the newer cars...they are all weather. i went and bought new heavier blades and it still does the same thing at times, doesn't clear in the middle, and snow/ice build up all the time. all wiper blades are evil and just suck i guess
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I think the root issue is the construction of the blade. Newer blades are flat, and don't have the same "springy construction" as the older style. Unfortunately, its those springs that provide the tension that's necessary so that the blade is putting appropriate pressure on the windshield. I guess it just goes to show that newer technology doesn't always work better.
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well you are right the escapes wipers suck after a few wipes during the winter then they cannot clean for nothing. I noticed that snow would build up on the edge of the blade and on the backing which causes it to lift slightly during wiping. You need to use a good ice defroster and keep you heater on to melt the ice build up. The new bosh icon wipers eliminates the brackets and prevents lifts during the snow. But still i recommend a good cleaning and of course a good ice winshield de icer.
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well you are right the escapes wipers suck after a few wipes during the winter then they cannot clean for nothing. I noticed that snow would build up on the edge of the blade and on the backing which causes it to lift slightly during wiping. You need to use a good ice defroster and keep you heater on to melt the ice build up. The new bosh icon wipers eliminates the brackets and prevents lifts during the snow. But still i recommend a good cleaning and of course a good ice winshield de icer.

+1 my 06 Escape is my daily driver

I found the only way to safely see, was to have the defrosters on the entire time. A real pain. And yes keep that area really clean of snow. there has to be a better way....
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