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#1 (permalink) Old 10-08-2011, 10:51 AM
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I attempted to change my wiper blades today and was in for a bit of a surprise. First, no books at the auto parts store have size indications for 3G Sportage wipers. So I had to measure and got the following:

Driver: 24"
Passenger: 18"
Rear: 12"

However, when I actually got to change them I noticed a few things.

The driver side wiper has a bolted on plastic guard on the underside of the blade facing the hood of the car. Does anyone know what this is for? I could try to take it off and bolt it onto the new blade, but the nuts are tiny.

The wiper on the rear is completely molded plastic, so I can't even swap it out with a standard blade.

Also, all blades had the Hyundai and Kia logos embossed in them. I assume I need the dealership to order these replacements.

I was really hoping to do this kind of maintenance myself and not get overcharged having the dealer do it.
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The bracket on the blade is a air foil, it's to keep down force on the blade when at speed. The rear blade you will need to buy at a Kia dealership they are $20.00. As you can see, the rear blade is not your average blade.
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I attempted to change my wiper blades today and was in for a bit of a surprise. First, no books at the auto parts store have size indications for 3G Sportage wipers. So I had to measure and got the following:

Driver: 24"
Passenger: 18"
Rear: 12"

However, when I actually got to change them I noticed a few things.

The driver side wiper has a bolted on plastic guard on the underside of the blade facing the hood of the car. Does anyone know what this is for? I could try to take it off and bolt it onto the new blade, but the nuts are tiny.

The wiper on the rear is completely molded plastic, so I can't even swap it out with a standard blade.

Also, all blades had the Hyundai and Kia logos embossed in them. I assume I need the dealership to order these replacements.

I was really hoping to do this kind of maintenance myself and not get overcharged having the dealer do it.
Just changed my fronts with Goodyear Assurance (aero type) bought at Costco with a coupon (both sides for $7.99).

Don't need the OEM air foil.

I never use the rear so it will last a long, long time.

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Ever consider just replacing the blades instead of the whole wipers? Ive done it before on other cars Ive owned.

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I broke down and replaced the drivers side wiper with a new one sold by Michelin. The airfoil transferred easily by simply undoing two mounting screws with nuts and reinstalling on the frame of the new wiper blade. This blade was less than $7.00 at Wally World.
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I was able to screw the air foil onto the new blade (thanks rctuner), and replaced just the blade on the rear wiper (thanks junrider). Now I don't need to visit the dealer.

Thanks again everyone!
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Anyone ever used the Rain-X wipers on their sportage????

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I have used Rain-X wipers, but the regular ones not the 'Repel' ones, as I think they are a gimmick. I also don't see a difference in quality with the standard ones vs other brands. All brands seem to have the same quality and lifespan.

I usually replace mine every six months.
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I have used Rain-X wipers, but the regular ones not the 'Repel' ones, as I think they are a gimmick. I also don't see a difference in quality with the standard ones vs other brands. All brands seem to have the same quality and lifespan.

I usually replace mine every six months.

Really?? I have used Rain-X wipers on a few of our vehicles over the past few years and I think I've seen a difference. I also use the spray as an addition, and things seem to keep up in the winter.
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Spray?? They are so many spray's out there.... which one do you recommend? I plan on replacing my wipers (even though they are only 1 week old) with some Rain-X wipers.

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