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post #1 of 13 Old 04-15-2013, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Just replaced windshield wipers. Don't fit right.

Just replaced with Trico wipers.

The driver's side wiper hits window seal on left side of windshield. Squeaks every time it hits. Is that normal?

I assume OEM wipers fit better?

What brand wipers fits and works good?

I'd prefer OEM wipers if I can get them. What brand makes the OEM wipers?


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post #2 of 13 Old 04-15-2013, 03:54 AM
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http://www.cherokeeforum.com/f2/wiper-blade-size-83536/

A thread on Cherokee forum about it. Searching does the ego good.

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post #3 of 13 Old 04-15-2013, 05:41 AM
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What's funny, is the post#2 sends you cherokeeforum so you wouldn't find it on a forum search.

What's funnier, is that thread on cherokeefourm suggests a link back to jeepforum in post# 4.

Search. Google. Kevin Bacon.
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Google. Exactly what I used to find the first result useful . Don't take offense, it's nothing personal, just helpful advise .

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post #5 of 13 Old 04-15-2013, 07:25 AM
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Trico is crap. Try the correct size Michelin brand blades and you won't need one for a long time.
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post #6 of 13 Old 04-15-2013, 09:30 AM
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Not the correct way. But its how mine worked.

While in drivers seat and wipers on (helps to have wet windows)

Reach out and put your hand where you want the wiper to stop. Have the wiper come up and hit your hand.
The wiper will now stop in this location.

Stop it too soon and now you'll be hitting the seal at the bottom - in which you can quickly grab the wiper as it comes back and move it again in the other direction..
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post #7 of 13 Old 04-15-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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From thread and links I learned mine need adjustment. So I'll work on that.

However, Trico is a bad fit on XJ. I'd still like to know what brand made OEM wipers for XJ?

My Buick loves Trico wipers because Trico made the OEM wipers for Buicks of those years. So Trico is a perfect fit on my Buick.

I believe for each car, it is best to use whatever brand made the OEM wipers.

That is why I would still like to know what company made XJ OEM wipers.

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Edited in Later: I think maybe Anco made OEM wipers. Anco is what it had when I bought the XJ with 33K miles. It had original tires, shocks, steering stabilizer, spark plugs, rear door struts, headlights. The only new thing wa brake pads.

So the Anco wipers it had were probably the originals. The Anco did fit noticeably better than the Trico I put on.

The exact opposite of my Buick that fits Trico best (OEM brand for Buick) and Anco worst.

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post #8 of 13 Old 04-15-2013, 06:22 PM
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A slight adjustment is all you need to do as long as your new blades are the same length as your old ones. They should measure about 21" end to end. Pull the problem wiper arm off of the motor connection and position the outer end of it about 1" from the rubber seal at the base of the wind shield and adjust as needed. If You can't figure it out stop by a place like Advance or where they were purchased and have them do it for free.
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post #9 of 13 Old 04-15-2013, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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A slight adjustment is all you need to do as long as your new blades are the same length as your old ones. They should measure about 21" end to end. Pull the problem wiper arm off of the motor connection and position the outer end of it about 1" from the rubber seal at the base of the wind shield and adjust as needed. If You can't figure it out stop by a place like Advance or where they were purchased and have them do it for free.
Thanks. Will do that ^.

Also going to buy new Anco after adjusting because the really looked slimmer, less obtrusive, and fit better than Trico. I know a gas station with full mechanic shop that is only place in town that sells Anco. I'll have them adjust wipers like you said and install new Anco wipers. The adjustment will be free since I am buying wipers and having them installed.

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adjust the wiper arm
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post #11 of 13 Old 04-17-2013, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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adjust the wiper arm
Yup. Will do.

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post #12 of 13 Old 04-25-2013, 11:40 PM Thread Starter
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Adjusted arm on spline. That was easy and worked good. Wiper no longer hits window frame. Problem solved. Thanks!

I also changed from Trico to Anco. Big improvement in wiping clean with no smears or streaks.

I now think Anco and Trico are both good brands, but I had bought Trico's lowend product, and Anco's highend product. That's why the Anco perform better for me. I think a highend Trico would work as well.

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post #13 of 13 Old 05-30-2013, 12:50 AM Thread Starter
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About a month since the fixes. Here is what we did and I learned:

Probably doesn't matter what brand wipers, as long as they are 18" wipers with silicon edges. Silicone edges are a key ingredient to no chatter or smearing snd less streaking.

I am currently using Anco with silicone edes. Good results.

Adjusting wiper on splines as instructed earlier in this thread also helped by making wiper sweep the correct portion of window and not hit window frame (or air intake cowl).

Those two things helped my wiper performance a lot.

However, I still get some streaks. After washing windshield, it was discovered that my windshield is pitted (presumeably from gravel strikes). The many small pits interfere with getting a perfect wipe, and tear up the wipers in certain places.

I don't think there is anything I can do to repair windshield. It has many tiny pits. The only fix would be to replace windshield, IMO. So I guess I'll just live with it.

At least wipers work better than before.

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