PIAA Wiper Blades

Friday, May 7, 2010 by Walt Walton
Compared to conventional windshield wiper blades, PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades can make a dramatic difference in removing rain and snow from your windshield.

PIAA wiper bladesThe unique feature of each PIAA Super Silicone blade is the silicone material in the blade that not only allows it to sweep more smoothly over the windshield surface, it also leaves an invisible coating of silicone on the windshield that causes water to bead up and not adhere to the surface even when the wipers aren't on.

The silicone film acts much like the rain-repelling treatments sold in automotive parts stores by causing water to form small beads on the windshield surface. Because the material is already in the PIAA Super Silicone blades, the inconvenience of having to periodically re-apply a treatment to the windshield is gone. A small amount of silicone is deposited on the windshield each time the blade sweeps across, and that continues for the life of the blade.

At lower speeds the silicone film makes water and snow easier for the blades to sweep from the surface, and at higher speeds the pressure of air flow accross the windshield means that the wiper blades can be run intermittently or at lower speeds than normally required to keep the windshield clear. Many times at highway speeds the beading action of the silicone film will mean is isn't necessary to even turn the windshield wipers on in rain or snow.

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Combat April showers with a new set of aftermarket wipers.

Friday, April 9, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

We love that they lead to May flowers, but if April showers are blocking your view of the road, it might be time for a new set of windshield wiper blades—if you can't see out your windshield, you can't drive safely. And at Tire Rack, safety is always a priority.

Valeo ultimate wiper blades feature an aerodynamic design that reduces vibration and judder, and assures high quality performance at all wiper speeds. And with an ultra flat blade, improved visibility is a guarantee.

"Liked them so much all my cars have them now. Long lasting and they don't skip. Here in Seattle they get put to use, too. I like them because they aren't noisy when there isn't enough rain to lubricate them." — Tire Rack Consumer Review, Honda CRX, WA

Shop Valeo wiper blades.
 

PIAA Windshield Wiper Blades Available at Tire Rack

Friday, April 9, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Check out PIAA's Line of Windshield Wiper Blades for your vehicle.

PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades - The Wiper Blade of Choice for Many Vehicles
PIAA Super Silicone Windshield Wiper Blades










I have been very happy with the PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades I have on my car and would suggest checking to see if they are available in a fit for your vehicle.

When Stock is Just Not Good Enough, Tire Rack Can Help

Monday, March 22, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Now you have the perfect car, well almost...Tire Rack can help improve the performance of your car from the rubber on the road to the car suspension system to engine performance. Check out some of the product areas Tire Rack can help with:There are many tire websites available to use and buy tires from on-line. Tire Rack is commited to testing and offering the best information on the products we have. Find a tire, shock or brake product you like read some reviews or test results about them before buying and then give us feedback on what you thought of the product. We'll post it on our website for other customers to read.

What is the Recommended Installer Program at Tire Rack?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 by Chad Hocker
A recent customer was asking what the Recommended Installer Program is all about. I believe the Recommended Installer Program can help the newest customer to Tire Rack or one that has been with us from day one over 30 years ago. Tire Rack has a network of over 5,000 local independent Recommended Installers ready to handle your installation needs. The basic idea is to provide a reputable source in each local market to install products purchased through Tire Rack. The basic process of the program is as follows:
  1. Select the products for your vehicle and add them to your cart.
  2. During check out select the Recommended Installer you like.
  3. Your tires can even be shipped directly to the Recommended Installer.
  4. Before the tires arrive at the Installer, call for an appointment and then drive in for the installation.
Who are Tire Rack's Recommended Installers?

All Tire Rack-approved Recommended Installers are carefully screened to ensure they have the right equipment and experience to satisfactorily serve our customers. In fact, to become a Recommended Installer a company must:

   1. Use proper mounting and balancing equipment.
   2. Employ properly trained technicians.
   3. Be an automotive business that can offer additional services to customers.
   4. Possess a positive attitude and the ability to treat Tire Rack’s customers with the highest level of professional courtesy.

So not every local shop can become a Recommended Installer.

A few thoughts I have concerning the best Recommended Installer for you.
  • Find someone convenient to your schedule and location
  • When viewing Recommended Installers Click "Select/More Info" to see the following:
    • Read some of the lastest reviews by other consumersPrice Pledge Plus
    • View the overall results (rated 1-5 stars, 5 being the best)
    • Most Installers also include pictures of their location
    • See where the installer is located prior to arrival
  • Find a Price Pledge Plus Installer if possible
Other than that, have fun and you will see your tires soon. Check out Tire Rack to see which Tires, Brakes, Suspension, Lighting, Wheels, Wiper Blades or Air Intake works best for your Vehicle.

The "more than just tires online" store, that's us.

Friday, January 29, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we strive to be more than just a tires online store. We post products like everyone else, but we take it a few steps further by offering multiple resources that guide you throughout the purchasing process. From the Upgrade Garage to thousands of Tire Rack Consumer Reviews, even test results we achieved on our own test track—we're all about educating you on the tire as it pertains to your specific vehicle.

But we also know a thing or two about performance wheels, car and truck suspension systems, brake systems...even high performance wiper blades and car batteries. And we've got the information (and the reputation) to prove it.

Keep up with us as we keep up with the high performance tire and wheel industry. Join our email list for product news, manufacturers' special offers and more.



Time to replace wiper blades?

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
It's an easy task, we promise.

Tire Rack stocks PIAA replacement blades in both silicone and graphite materials. They come in 12- and 24-inch sizes with pin and hook attachments. You'll want to match the length of the refill to the blade currently installed on your vehicle. PIAA wiper blades may also fit some Original Equipment, even other manufacturer's wiper blade assemblies. You'll just need to make sure there's a square-type claw and top, like the one in the image below.


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Replacement Lighting by PIAA

Friday, December 4, 2009 by Tire Rack Team

When your headlights stop shining, you'll need replacement lighting that meets—and exceeds—your expectations so that you can continue to drive safely through the dark or in inclement weather. At Tire Rack, we like the PIAA line and offer a number of different replacement lighting products to meet your individual vehicle's needs. Search by vehicle to see a detailed list of options. (And while you're at it, you'll want to check out PIAA wiper blades. It never hurts to have a set of replacement wiper blades on hand.)


Silicone Wiper Blades: Choose PIAA

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
Though it may seem simple, there is a lot of technology that goes into silicone wiper blades. Studies are done on individual car windshields in different types of weather, which leads to perfectly arched wiper blades that gently remove rain, snow and ice from your line of site. 

Further, a variety of materials are tested to determine the best possible material with which to create the wiper itself. In today's market, we typically see two variations: silicone wiper blades and graphite wiper blades. Both of which are excellent options.

PIAA's Super Silicone wiper blades were designed to be the wiper of choice. The rubber wiper blade coats the windshield with a light layer of silicone during use to promote continuous water beading in the rain. In addition, the silicone assists the blade during movement to prevent excess noise often caused by a blade dragging along the glass.

PIAA also offers a Super Graphite wiper blade. Their exclusive Molybdenum graphite bonding process creates a consistent graphite coating that won't weaken the rubber wiper blade like compound graphite materials. This coating maintains itself throughout the life of the blade, assuring a reliable view without excess noise or streaking. 

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Aftermarket Wipers: Upgrade your Stock Blades Today

Monday, October 26, 2009 by Tire Rack Team
At Tire Rack, we offer two aftermarket wiper brands: 

Visionary design. Inspired engineering. Quality components. PIAA's aftermarket wipers help give you a clear view in challenging weather. Plus, they virtually resist the aging process in all climates.


Perfect visibility meets silence and elegance. Regardless of your driving conditions,the aerodynamic design of a Valeo wiper keeps your windshield clean...without all that excess wiper noise.


If you aren't sure what brand is right for you, we recommend you search by vehicle. Or, just give us a call at 800-461-5527. We'd be happy to help you upgrade or replace wiper blades.

PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and Super Silicone Wiper Blades Improve Visiblity

Thursday, August 13, 2009 by Chad Hocker
PIAAI have been using the PIAA Xtreme White Plus Headlight Bulbs and also Super Silicone Wiper Blades on my vehicle for some time now. I found it difficult to see PIAA Extreme White Plus Light Bulbsat night, especially in rainy conditions. The PIAA Xtreme White Plus head light bulbs offered me clearer visibility over my OE headlights and the PIAA Super Silicone Aftermarket Wiper Blades kept my windshield much cleaner than my OE wiper blades. 

I have most of the family using the the PIAA wiper blades. Today as I was installing the latest set of PIAA Super Silicone Replacement Blades on my grandparents' car, we were discussing how visibility has improved for them using these two PIAA products. The PIAA headlight bulbs will not be any brighter or show light further down the road. They will, however, allow you PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Bladeto recognize road hazards easier as they project a clearer light down the road. The PIAA lighting and replacement wiper blades are available for most vehicles.

Silicone, the wave of the wiper blade future from TireRack

Friday, August 7, 2009 by Damon Witters

I have been a huge fan of our PIAA Super Silicone wiper blades for some time.  Last week I ran through a construction zone that splattered tar all up the front of my truck.  I had to use Laquer Thinner to clean it all off the windshield.  I followed it up by 50/50 alcohol and water mix and then finally Windex. At that point I knew it was as clean as it could be and the initial silicone treatment that comes with the blades was removed.  After just a week of wiper use you can clearly see the blades have re-deposited a new thin layer of silicone back onto the window to repel water JUST like they claim.  And with proper care they last a long time.

Very cool.


PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blades, A Personal Experience

Wednesday, July 15, 2009 by Chad Hocker
After using the PIAA Super Silicone Wiper Blade for a few months.  I am impressed with the performance they offer.  Compared to the original equipment wipers that came on my General Motors vehicle the PIAA aftermarket wipers are a nice improvement.  I have had them for 3 months now so it may not be a fair comparison to the original equipment blades, which I had used for a year.  The first thing I noticed about these blades was how much better I could see while using the wipers in rainy conditions.  Another thing I like about the PIAA is the way the water beads as a result of the silicone coating on the windshield allowing the water to be easily removed by the wiper.  I have been very happy with the PIAA Super Silicone Wipers.  Take a look at how they compare to the traditional Wiper Blades like I used to have on my car.
PIAA Super Silicone Wiper
Prior to wiper use, prepare windshield according to the instructions included in the Windshield Preparation Kit.   Run blades "dry" for 5 minutes to complete windshield preparation. This spreads initial silicone coating on the windshield.   Wiping action makes windshield water-repellant, so rain beads up,   and is removed by the wipers at low to moderate speeds,

Super-smooth glide eliminates annoying chattering and squeaking.

  or by wind pressure at moderate to high speeds.

Then compared to the traditional wiper blade without the use of silicone blades
Other Wiper Blades
............. Normal windshield  allows rain water to collect and puddle.   So rain never beads up,...    .....   there by reducing visibility.   Noisy, chatter, vibration especially for chemical-coated windshield.

                          


On a side note regarding my installation experience make sure you read the instructions and follow them.  Their are some specific instructions you need to follow to make the wipers a success.  Make sure you use the correct hook on installation which is shown in the instructions.  Once I figured things out the installation went quickly.