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Bosch has been manufacturing electric windshield wiping systems for over 80 years. This knowledge of the entire wiping system helps Bosch understand what determines excellent wiper performance. The expertise from original equipment manufacturing goes into each replacement wiper we make. Offered at various price levels, Bosch wiper blades are available for virtually every vehicle on the road.

The best solution for the winter season is the beam blade. By design, beam blades are not affected by snow and ice build up. The enclosed tension springs help keep the blade flexible and effective in wintry conditions. Some manufacturers offer a winter blade. However if the rubber boot over the blade should tear, the water can collect inside and freeze, causing the blade to become ineffective.

It is recommended to replace the driver’s side and passenger’s side wipers at the same time for improved vision and increased safety. Do not forget to replace rear window wipers as well.

Most manufacturers recommend inspecting your wiper blades every six months for wear. Besides wear from exposure to the elements, the rubber component in a wiper blade deteriorates due to road debris, chemicals, climate and ozone exposure. Failures can be identified by excessive noise, streaking and chattering. If the rubber has started to tear apart from the blade it should be replaced immediately.

Consult the Bosch vehicle part finder for the correct part numbers for your vehicle. Most auto parts retailers carry Bosch premium wiper blades. Retail store counter personnel will be happy to help you with this question as well.

Bosch wiper blades are designed with the do-it-yourself customer in mind. For most vehicle applications, the Bosch installation system allows for quick and easy one-step installation without having to deal with adapters.

Windshield contamination is a common cause for poor wiper performance even if the wipers are still in good shape. Some kinds of contamination, such as tree sap, can destroy the wiping element in a short time. We recommend cleaning the windshield regularly with car wash soap as regular dish soap or hand soap can be corrosive to car paint.

Bosch ICON blades use exclusive tension spring arcing technology to create a fit that is custom-contoured to the curvature of each side of the windshield. The correct blade for a particular vehicle is based on a combination of the blade length and the curvature of the windshield. Driver side always has an “A” part number. Passenger side can have an “A” or “B” part number depending on the vehicle. Blades with a “B” part number have a greater curvature specifically designed to wrap around the passenger side window for greater visibility and clarity. Bosch continues its innovation and leadership with the ICON OE Multi-Clip connector, which offers a like-for-like OE replacement. The Multi-Clip features a flexible connector system, simplifying the installation process for all types of vehicles. Reference the Bosch Wiper Blade catalogue or ask your auto parts professional for the exact part numbers for your vehicle.

When the SafeCheck indicator turns yellow, it is time to check your blades for safer driving in rain, sleet and snow. Common signs of wiper blade failure include, chattering, streaking and large unwiped areas.

Some wiper blades are not aerodynamic and can lift off at high speeds. This causes misswipes and can be dangerous.

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Bosch Beats Competition and Lasts Up To 40% Longer Than Other Premium Blades

In a recent test, the Bosch ICON™ ClearMax 365 wiper blade rubber proved to be the most resistant to cracking from exposure to ozone than all major competitors’ brands.  Cracks in the rubber component cause windshield wipers to wear quickly and require more frequent blade replacements.

All blades were subjected to OE specification testing, simulating long-term environmental ozone exposure. Bosch ClearMax 365 rubber meets or exceeds the ozone testing standards for wiper rubber by top OE vehicle manufacturers.

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  Specimen 50 Hours 100 Hours 150 Hours
Bosch ICON™ No Cracks No Cracks No Cracks
Rain-X Latitude Cracks Cracks Cracks
Trico Force Cracks Cracks Cracks

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