Flapping in the breeze

Over the last six weeks, we’d had something like one-sixth of an inch of rain, so pulling out of the garage Friday morning into an actual, real live thunderstorm was sort of unexpected. Then came the real fun: about half the rubber insert on the passenger-side wiper blade had detached itself and was slapping on the glass at wildly variable intervals.

On the upside, at least it wasn’t the driver’s side. And it’s been ages since Nissan has been able to supply OEM blades, this car being twenty years old after all, so I ordered replacements from Amazon because of course I did. The fun thing here, apart from the fact that I can no longer reach across the glass the way I used to, is the size differential: passenger’s side blade is 17 inches, driver’s side is 26. The set should arrive Monday, following three days of overly-intense-even-for-August heat.


  1. fillyjonk »

    11 August 2019 · 4:03 pm

    I remember one day, flying down 75 on the way to Sherman, the lower edge of one of mine let loose totally and flew away….it was the first rain after a protracted period of heat and dryness and I guess the rubber perished.

    I was kind of shaken but managed to find an AutoZone and get a replacement. (Unlike the local auto-parts place, the minion working in there didn’t offer to help me install the new blade, but I was able to figure it out)

  2. CGHill »

    11 August 2019 · 8:33 pm

    Yep. We’d had about a tenth of an inch of rain since the end of June. Not good for rubber.

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