Wiper Blade Question

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Mikey B.'s Comment
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Stupid question, are wiper blades used on our trucks the same as those on our cars? Like if I bought 24" blades at auto zone are they usable on my Freightliner? I replaced one myself that broke and bought a pair at a TA, they were $20 each and the part that attached them looked the same as my personal vehicle.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Yes

Old School's Comment
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I replaced one myself that broke and bought a pair at a TA, they were $20 each

Truck stops are notorious for gouging their customers. They have a captive audience who can't easily go park somewhere else for a shopping spree. They like to take advantage of that.

Bobcat Bob already answered your question, and I confer with him. I don't ever purchase them. I get a couple spares from the shop manager at my home terminal. I hang on to them in case of an emergency. Otherwise they replace them fairly regularly for me.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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The new blades our shops gave us, were cheapo POS's, might last maybe 3 weeks tops. Winter, last even less time Always grabbed extra pair to have on hand out there. Headlight bulbs lol they'd only give us 1 at a time, So I'd tell em we used last 1 up so we needed another 1, (so we'd have 2 always) glad hand seals oh we'd have a dozen of those in the glovebox

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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A little tip that I found that helps to make the wipers more effective is to buy wipers 2 inches shorter than the correct size. I put 22 inch blades on my freightliner.

The 24 inch blades, no matter what brand I bought, didn't make firm contact with the entire windshield. The area it didn't fully clear was always right in my line of sight. Using the shorter blades was much better for me.

William P.'s Comment
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Yes wipers are same for both truck and cars. Follow the tip by Real Diehl. I always purchase shorter wipers and carry one extra for emergency.

A little tip that I found that helps to make the wipers more effective is to buy wipers 2 inches shorter than the correct size. I put 22 inch blades on my freightliner.

The 24 inch blades, no matter what brand I bought, didn't make firm contact with the entire windshield. The area it didn't fully clear was always right in my line of sight. Using the shorter blades was much better for me.

PackRat's Comment
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Well, I use a 24" on the passenger side, and a 22" on my side.

The longer model scrapes the excess ice off the passenger side, where the defrost seems less effective.

Once or twice a month, I spray WD-40 onto a rag and carefully wipe down all the rubber areas on the blades that do NOT touch the glass. This helps prevent ice buildup on the wiper.

When I get my new truck, I'm installing heated wipers. I know some drivers that have these and luv 'me! Sold at The Iowa 80, or online.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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I have yet to find a wiper blade that will effectively clean bugs. I have tried the scrapper blades, Dawn dish soap in the reservoir. The only thing that works is long hard rain or pressure washer.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I have yet to find a wiper blade that will effectively clean bugs. I have tried the scrapper blades, Dawn dish soap in the reservoir. The only thing that works is long hard rain or pressure washer.

Yeah, man. Same here. They don't come off easily. If the fuel pumps aren't busy I'll soak the windshield with washer fluid from the bucket before fueling and let it sit on the windshield. When I'm done fueling I'll scrub the windshield with the squeegee. It helps.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Squirt dab of Dawn ONTO their scrubber soak the glass wiping. Reset let sit, fuel, redo all bugs gone.....1 of the best tips I was given. Lotta fuel stops have just dirty water in them buckets......Not after I get done lol all nice n soapy

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