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Hey everyone, i decided to post a little simple install video for what i think is honestly one of the best modifications/upgrades to my car. I live in a city where its constantly rainy so good streak free, and quiet windshield wipers really are satisfying. I hope you enjoy, and sub for more car/mazda content!
 

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They'll work even better if you Rain-X the glass first.
 

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Are you sure you got the correct blades? If you're using Bosch Icons, they should be 24A and 18B.
When i looked it up in the system it said 24A and 18A for them so i just bought what it was telling me at the store. They are working perfectly fine so i have no idea :tongue:
 

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A means for driver's side wiper. B is for passenger side.

From your video, it seems the stock wipers were swapped with some cheapo brand. The ones that came from the factory aren't bad at all and you could replace the inserts, much cheaper than replacing the whole blade.
 

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A means for driver's side wiper. B is for passenger side.

From your video, it seems the stock wipers were swapped with some cheapo brand. The ones that came from the factory aren't bad at all and you could replace the inserts, much cheaper than replacing the whole blade.
How much is the rubber?

I pay 30 for both blades
 

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18B is what's you need, B has a different "curvature" than A:

https://www.boschautoparts.com/documents/101512/0/0/2f1bf276-92a0-4fcf-8fe9-9b958d9cf818

if you still have the chance to return that specific blade and get the proper one it would be the recommended thing to do.
Thats weird because every sales site that ive looked at where you put in your car type and year says 24A and 18A. I have watched the blades in motion and used them plenty already and they seem to be working perfectly fine. I also dont remember seeing any B blades at Canadian tire where i bought them
 

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Just to clarify, i just went to Boschs website and put in my vehicle. I guess it depends on the blades, The Bosch Icons it says 18A. Although they do have different types of blades obviously and some of their other ones it recommends the 18B style. So i guess it depends very specifically on which bosch blade you are getting, icon, winter, etc.
 

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A means for driver's side wiper. B is for passenger side.

From your video, it seems the stock wipers were swapped with some cheapo brand. The ones that came from the factory aren't bad at all and you could replace the inserts, much cheaper than replacing the whole blade.
I've been happy with the stock wipers myself. I do replace the rubber blade insets every year before winter. Even buying them from the dealer, it's significantly cheaper.

I've always thought of these disposable wipers as a scam. Any wiper I've used doesn't work well much past a year. They build them so you can't replace the blades so you have to spend more.
 

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18B is what's you need, B has a different "curvature" than A:

https://www.boschautoparts.com/documents/101512/0/0/2f1bf276-92a0-4fcf-8fe9-9b958d9cf818

if you still have the chance to return that specific blade and get the proper one it would be the recommended thing to do.
If you read the document properly, it says the passengers side can have A or B, depending on the vehicle. Connord mounted the right blades for his car.

On my previous gen1 I had the Bosch flatblades, and they are by far the best blades. On my current one, I have the stock blades with interchangeble rubbers. I asked the workshop, I go to a Mazda specialist rather then the stealer, to order new blades. I will try these original ones since we bought the car recently, but when they don't work fine, I will replace them with the Bosch when they are worn.

We have a European model, but i doubt if that makes a lot of difference.
 

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If you read the document properly, it says the passengers side can have A or B, depending on the vehicle. Connord mounted the right blades for his car.
I disagree with you, STOP encouraging OP by stating that he installed the proper right wiper blade when he did not. The catalog says: "Passenger side can have an “A” or “B” part number DEPENDING on the vehicle"

On this case our vehicle requires an 18B front right wiper blade. BOSCH online catalog parts clearly states that the blade for the right front side is 18B, go to https://www.boschautoparts.com/en/auto and select your Mazda model to see the proper fitment and part #.

Look over a couple of wiper threads replacements in the forum, members installed 24A or 18B, none of the members installed an 18A.

And yes it might not make a big difference but the whole point here that just because it works does not mean it works the way it was intended to by the manufacturer.
 

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Call me an idiot, I can read. Your reaction is over the top.
First of all, you called yourself an "idiot" not me, so that's one thing we need to get straight. Secondly, I did not state that you cannot read as well, I don't doubt your capabilities to read or write. So I'm very sorry if my above comment hurt you in anyway as that was not my intention.

Moreover, the link you sent is not "MY" link is your "OWN" link with your own Mazda 3 model, so once again get your facts straight:
My link: https://www.boschautoparts.com/en/auto
Your Link: https://www.boschautoparts.com/en/au...des?partId=18A

How do you suggest that was my link? No idea to be honest...

Now let's get back to the point, as per the link you provided, 18A is for Mazda Models that are 2014, for my 2016 Model an 18B part# is required, if OP model is 2014 then 18A is completely fine and this resolves the issue for him. if not 2014 then he needs to switch the blade if he desires to.

Others members including myself raised the issue of 18B since:

A) We are not sure of OP Mazda model year.
B) We are commenting from the perspective of the current models we have and from what we have searched on BOSCH's online catalog which is specific to our vehicles.
C) Many of us have read and seen that part# 18B is what is is suppose to fit our cars, and we are certain that 18B should be the general part for all Mazda models regardless of year.

Finally, we are not bashing OP in anyway, even more so nor was my comment a personal attack to your person but sadly that is how you perceived it. We are actually just trying to help OP, regardless if he installed the right or wrong part#, that's why we are a great community here because we want to help other members, and so others members in the future facing the same issue can be 100% sure about the choice of selecting the right BOSCH wiper blades when needed.

Once again if I hurt your feeling in anyway I apologize, all in good vibes here sir :grin2:

*If after reading this message you will reply with a troll message or anything idiotic, then as the gentlemen that I am I will just ignore it since I don't answer to trolls, so either be mature about it and deal it with or don't , but don't reply with a stupid comment, as I have no time to be a "keyboard warrior", because I am simply not that person, cheers and have a good weekend :smile2:.
 

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Reading all the reactions looked like Connord did the wrong thing. The truth is, that both the options can be right, if you match the wipers for the car you own. OP was critisized while he did same we did, look it up for his car. Still it's nice he took the time to make a video about something as simple as this. My wipers where changed today by the garage, as a service. I already mentioned above these are the original hybrids. I paid €52,60, which is about the same as the Bosch blades. These where complete with frame, no fiddeling with spare rubbers.

For the partnumbers of my car, I do not use the link you mentioned, I use the dutch link, which give me the parts available here, instead of the 18 inch imperial, it's a 450mm blade in the metric part of the world (that is the whole world except the US by the way).

I uploaded the pdf files for the 2014 hatchback, there is a set, a 450mm single, a 600mm single and a rear blade. I don't know if the Bosch part numbers are different, but you notice there is no 18A or 18B blade. In this case I just used the Bosch website to look for the part numbers.

I suggest to everyone, before giving comments about wright or wrong parts, that there can be differences between different continents and year of manufacture, and clearly the wipers in Connords video where cheapo ones, the original hybrids are a lot better then the ones his dealer mounted.

Call me an idiot is a figure of speech, apperently not understood on an international forum. English is not my native language, nor is it yours I guess.

Trolling is something I don't understand, but please do not try to explaine. I am an enthousiast Mazda driver, I hope you are too.
 

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LOL the butthurt windshield wiper brigade up in here. FFS. If it fits and wipes, then it's good.
 
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