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What are the different types of wiper blades?

Having trouble deciding what type of wiper blades for my car? Each design has a specific use. Traditional frame wiper blades are inexpensive. “Spoiler” or “aero” blades have a finned cover that presses the wiper against the windshield at high speeds, increasing their effectiveness on the highway. Flat blades replace the frame with a metal spring. This improves window contact and removes pressure points that can lead to streaking as the blade ages. Hybrid blades combine the spring of a flat blade with the cover of a spoiler blade. Winter blades use rubber that stays soft in cold temperatures, and have a cover that keeps ice from forming on the wiper frame.

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