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Help! Reflex Wipers: Installation

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Help! Reflex Wipers: Installation

So I bought Reflex Wipers two weekends ago and haven't really needed to use them until now. When I initially installed them they did not "click" like the picture said it should. I brushed it off and figured I might as well try them and see if they fall off...well they fell off. Luckily it was while I was pulling into my parking lot.

I have one of those...candy cane like wiper arms on a Honda Civic. Is there any special way to install these? I tried and tried (without physically bending the blade) to install these and used as much force as I could muster but they just won't go on!!!

HELP!!! :O
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There should be a lil tab that makes it click... at least for my car there was, and if I remembered correctly it was the candy cane type...
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B0000rt wrote: Rtfm
Wow...this is the most helpful advice ever. Have you ever bought these wipers? Have you seen this "manual" that I'm supposed to read? Are all your posts as helpful as this? How about you "stfu" and "gtfo"? K thnx

PhoeniX Skye: are you talking about the piece thats at the bottom...I tried playing with that but it still wouldn't click...it just didn't seem like the wiper was going completely onto the arm
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B0000rt wrote: Rtfm
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ipxxx wrote:Wow...this is the most helpful advice ever. Have you ever bought these wipers? Have you seen this "manual" that I'm supposed to read? Are all your posts as helpful as this? How about you "stfu" and "gtfo"? K thnx
A 12 year old could install it in 5 minutes. (Not a diss. A claim by one of the members on maxbimmer forums.) If you can't figure it out after two weeks, bring it to a mechanic cuz you probably won't figure it out.

As for the manual, it's on the cover/packaging of the wiper blades. If you couldn't find the instructions on the packaging, you REALLY shouldn't be doing anything to your car yourself.

Installing wiper blades don't get more straightforward than what's already depicted in the instructions.
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actng wrote: ... If you can't figure it out after two weeks, bring it to a mechanic cuz you probably won't figure it out....
I put them on and then left them as is because it wasn't raining a lot. Don't get me wrong I did not camp out with my car and try to install them for two weeks.
actng wrote: As for the manual, it's on the cover/packaging of the wiper blades. If you couldn't find the instructions on the packaging, you REALLY shouldn't be doing anything to your car yourself.
As my original post reads: "When I initially installed them they did not "click" like the picture said it should." So...now what? Honestly people, if I didn't need help I would never ask for it. I try to find out answers on my own and this is the kind of response I get when I ask for help...weird.
actng wrote: Installing wiper blades don't get more straightforward than what's already depicted in the instructions.
Really...so in this blog: http://gregmaclellan.com/blog/i-can-see-clearly-now/
Someone writes: "When I purchased another one I got the mechanics in Canadian to install them. Was there over an hour with each one of the mechanics trying to get it on. I own a GMC Sierra. Finally after installing new clips that were not included with the wipers they managed to get them on."

Straightforward? Hmm...
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ipxxx wrote: Really...so in this blog: http://gregmaclellan.com/blog/i-can-see-clearly-now/
Someone writes: "When I purchased another one I got the mechanics in Canadian to install them. Was there over an hour with each one of the mechanics trying to get it on. I own a GMC Sierra. Finally after installing new clips that were not included with the wipers they managed to get them on."

Straightforward? Hmm...

Ok in that case, if you insist it's not straightforward, I think you should return them or just throw them out. Canadian Tire stuff is not known for high quality. Although sometimes their products can be good, I beg to differ in this case.

If you're into the hingeless wipers, you should look into two other brands who make quality products. Valeo and Bosch. While the products may look physically the same, their quality is just eleventy billion notches above the crappy reflex crap from CanTire.

But having said that... they install pretty much the same way so if you aren't able to figure it out the first time around, you probably won't figure it out with the high quality stuff.

All I can say is read the instructions again and follow until you hear the click.
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spread the arm a bit with a pair of pilars should pop right in. if it's loose tighten them a bit. just don't do it too much as the metal will snap
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SoNgMaN wrote: spread the arm a bit with a pair of pilars should pop right in. if it's loose tighten them a bit. just don't do it too much as the metal will snap
Thanks for the help. I ended up using pliers before reading this post and managed to get them on. But your help was more than appreciated considering previous answers I received.

Even though this is a "straightforward" procedure I'll explain what I did anyways for others who don't have the optimal settings for straightforward installations.

Background:
Wiper Arm is a "Candy Cane" type arm (not sure of the technical term)
It has gone through many wiper changes, the paint is peeling off, and the "U" part of the cane is warped

There are two bumps on the clip that is attached to the Reflex wiper blades that would stop the wiper arm from passing it. These needed to be bent slightly (and carefully as the material is fairly fragile) so that the wiper arm could pass the clip bumps.

Once the wiper arm was ON the clip bumps I noticed that the wiper arm wouldn't slide any further and with further inspection, the wiper arm itself was bent (so imagine the arm as being a partial "P") so it was stopping at another plastic piece at the back of the clip.

I had to wedge a screwdriver in between the arm and the back piece of the clip and finally the arm slide completely past the bumps and the wiper was secure.

And that's it...thanks to those who helped, I hope other RFDers don't get the kind of BS responses I did when asking for help.

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ipxxx wrote: Thanks for the help. I ended up using pliers before reading this post and managed to get them on. But your help was more than appreciated considering previous answers I received.

Even though this is a "straightforward" procedure I'll explain what I did anyways for others who don't have the optimal settings for straightforward installations.

Background:
Wiper Arm is a "Candy Cane" type arm (not sure of the technical term)
It has gone through many wiper changes, the paint is peeling off, and the "U" part of the cane is warped

There are two bumps on the clip that is attached to the Reflex wiper blades that would stop the wiper arm from passing it. These needed to be bent slightly (and carefully as the material is fairly fragile) so that the wiper arm could pass the clip bumps.

Once the wiper arm was ON the clip bumps I noticed that the wiper arm wouldn't slide any further and with further inspection, the wiper arm itself was bent (so imagine the arm as being a partial "P") so it was stopping at another plastic piece at the back of the clip.

I had to wedge a screwdriver in between the arm and the back piece of the clip and finally the arm slide completely past the bumps and the wiper was secure.

And that's it...thanks to those who helped, I hope other RFDers don't get the kind of BS responses I did when asking for help.

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don't worry, you're not the only one. i needed my dad's help to put mine on my old civic...
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:arrowu: same ... first time i changed the wiper blades i had trouble (picture instructions weren't that great), finally figured it out after a little trial and error ... but hey next time it'll be a breeze :razz:
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Do not buy these wiper blades! They are absolute garbage.

I've installed these on two of my vehicles and three of them have fallen off! I design automotive parts for a living and I have never seen such poorly functional components in all my life. This is a critical component that can be a safety hazard if they fall off - this company should be sued!

Not sure what this world is coming to where garbage components like this can be sold with no recourse.

Just a matter of time before someone is critically injured as a result of these wipers failure.
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ipxxx wrote: Thanks for the help. I ended up using pliers before reading this post and managed to get them on. But your help was more than appreciated considering previous answers I received.

Even though this is a "straightforward" procedure I'll explain what I did anyways for others who don't have the optimal settings for straightforward installations.

Background:
Wiper Arm is a "Candy Cane" type arm (not sure of the technical term)
It has gone through many wiper changes, the paint is peeling off, and the "U" part of the cane is warped

There are two bumps on the clip that is attached to the Reflex wiper blades that would stop the wiper arm from passing it. These needed to be bent slightly (and carefully as the material is fairly fragile) so that the wiper arm could pass the clip bumps.

Once the wiper arm was ON the clip bumps I noticed that the wiper arm wouldn't slide any further and with further inspection, the wiper arm itself was bent (so imagine the arm as being a partial "P") so it was stopping at another plastic piece at the back of the clip.

I had to wedge a screwdriver in between the arm and the back piece of the clip and finally the arm slide completely past the bumps and the wiper was secure.

And that's it...thanks to those who helped, I hope other RFDers don't get the kind of BS responses I did when asking for help.

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Just for my own sanity. I have the same candy cane arms. Wiper blades are normally universal and come with 2 sets of adapters, or little plastic pieces to fit all types of wiper arms and it's subjective if you need to use them or not. Is that not the case for these blades? Or is there something magic about bmw or these blades?
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I dunno I've had luck with reflex wipers over the years. Only thing I buy really when the time comes. My last pair lasted me 5 years and the pair before that 3 years. And they get a nice sweep unlike a lot of those cheapo ones which just seem to spread the water around. Already thinking of changing my stock wipers on my 16 Accord, dunno if I can justify tossing something that still works tho even if not that good.
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