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Consensus on wiper blades for snow?

What's the consensus on the right wiper blade that will work well in heavy snow conditions?

I've read many of the threads, and most of them diverge into failed rubber refills, failed aftermarket options, discussions of fluids and heating them, heated windshields, or other sidetracks.

The core issue is the factory blades don't do a good job of keeping pressure in the middle of the blade. I see this across all temperatures. Mostly I see the issue on the right blade, but also left, and to a lesser degree the middle.

Even at low speeds with temps in the mid-20's and the heater blasting full defrost the blades don't work correctly.

Q1: Will simple lubrication of the factory wiper blade assembly solve the issue but not wash away?
Q2: Is there a good aftermarket blade that has been shown to keep even pressure and keep the snow clear?

My goal is to find the best blade solution, not to install more heaters. My Gen1 4Runner with its massively longer paltry two wipers does far better than the FJ.

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Re: Consensus on wiper blades for snow?

In all honesty I just buy the cheapy $5 wipers at the auto parts store and replace them every year or two. With all the tree sap and crap I get stuck on my windows it just tears up the wipers anyway

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I'm going to try the fancy RainX Lattitude2 and will report back.

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I'm going to try the fancy RainX Lattitude2 and will report back.
I just did the Rainx Lattitude also, and it's snowing now in MA, so I am going out soon to play.
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Re: Consensus on wiper blades for snow?

I know this sounds counter intuitive but turn your defrosters off in heavy snow. When you heat your windshield in heavy snow it melts and slushes up your wipers. If your window is cold the wipers just push the snow off. This obviously doesn't work in salty slush conditions but in dry snow it is the ticket. I learned this over 40 years ago from a long haul trucker and it has served me well during the long Wisconsin winters.
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Re: Consensus on wiper blades for snow?

Duralast Winter Wipers are my favorite... cheap and work. I can usually take them off by March in CO and save them for the next winter. I run Sightlines during all other months but they build up with ice so badly in the metal portion that they are garbage in the winter... otherwise best wipers on the market for the FJ. I'm in the same boat, full defroster and heat with no avail.
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Re: Consensus on wiper blades for snow?

I buy the cheapest ones available at time of purchase. Replace after few years when they start ripping. FJ goes through heavy snow and rain without issues. Makes no sense to me to buy premium wipers when I can replace all 3 for the price of one premium wiper blade.
Recently stocked up in the Rockauto deal for free wipers. Good for many years.
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Re: Consensus on wiper blades for snow?

I've driven two FJ's for over ten years now, and there is nothing better than the defroster on full blast and new'ish rubber (RainX, Bosch, etc), but I've recently bought these and they've worked the best in my ten years. We've had more snow/ice/rain here in the last 40 days than we've ever had. And with the story coming tomorrow night, we're bound to break that record.

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FWIW - These refills went on the factory blades.

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What's the consensus on the right wiper blade that will work well in heavy snow conditions?

I've read many of the threads, and most of them diverge into failed rubber refills, failed aftermarket options, discussions of fluids and heating them, heated windshields, or other sidetracks.

The core issue is the factory blades don't do a good job of keeping pressure in the middle of the blade. I see this across all temperatures. Mostly I see the issue on the right blade, but also left, and to a lesser degree the middle.

Even at low speeds with temps in the mid-20's and the heater blasting full defrost the blades don't work correctly.

Q1: Will simple lubrication of the factory wiper blade assembly solve the issue but not wash away?
Q2: Is there a good aftermarket blade that has been shown to keep even pressure and keep the snow clear?

My goal is to find the best blade solution, not to install more heaters. My Gen1 4Runner with its massively longer paltry two wipers does far better than the FJ.



They’re not cheap, but I have the Bosch Icon’s they’re incredible. I live in Utah and we’ve had quite a bit of snow, even a couple medium blizzards I’ve been out in and they’ve done great. I read mixed reviews about them on FJ’s from some people, but I really like them so far.

I’ve only had them on for about 3 or 4 months, so I can’t comment on longevity, but I replace blades about every 10 months anyways.
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