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Unfortunately, it sounds like you scored some "not so new, very old stock":angry:

I would try again, this time get some repro. items from one of the vendors, or Nissan if they are available.

That way they will at least be new items and new technology if it applies.

I give those little fellas a good massage of rubber conditioner to keep them like new.

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I give those little fellas a good massage of rubber conditioner to keep them like new.
That must be messy thing, unless you clean out all the old grease first ( You need to coat them inside with grease before putting them on, so they will slide.
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That may be part of your problem.

Grease + Rubber = Rotten Rubber

Depending on the type of rubber and the type of grease.

Ever heard of NOT using Vaseline on Rubber? That's because the petroleum jelly will attack the rubber and cause it to age/decompose/dissolve/bloat/rot in no time at all. Try it and see.

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just remember that most rubber can be petrolium based. And when you put a petro product on it, it breaks it down and tries to blend with it.

You should'nt need ANY lube to install those and if you MUST apply something, USE WINDOW CLEANER!! It has a soapy, slick surface and evaporates when your done. Kinda like when apply window stickers or Vinyl graphics..

JM2CW,

Dave.

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I personally like spray silicon, stuff works very well, it's clear and doesn't affect paint-so overspray isn't a problem, repels water (great for door locks), and makes the radio antenna slide up and down much smoother than before, all without any sort of greasy, oily residue.

Perhaps a reasonably liberal amount sprayed onto the boot, or the wiper assy. would help. FWIW

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I was using a G.P. wheel bearing gease with teflon. I could switch to a lithium grease, and I even have a special grease made from Olive oil (Italian stuff used on very nice racing bikes, like mine :) )

thx

Use dish washing liquid , it's just as slick as grease and will not harm the rubber. Gary

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I personally like spray silicon, stuff works very well, it's clear and doesn't affect paint-so overspray isn't a problem, repels water (great for door locks), and makes the radio antenna slide up and down much smoother than before, all without any sort of greasy, oily residue.

Perhaps a reasonably liberal amount sprayed onto the boot, or the wiper assy. would help. FWIW

Hope you never have to repaint your car. Silcon and paint do not mix.

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Use dish washing liquid , it's just as slick as grease and will not harm the rubber. Gary
Doesn't it wash off eventually? You'd have to re- apply the stuff depending on the weather.

I read that lanolin is good for preserving rubber parts, so I think a skin lotion with lanolin in it work about as well.

thx

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Doesn't it wash off eventually? You'd have to re- apply the stuff depending on the weather.

I read that lanolin is good for preserving rubber parts, so I think a skin lotion with lanolin in it work about as well.

thx

That's why I'd use Sil-Glide. Won't wash off, won't melt, won't hurt rubber. Why mess around with trying to adapt some household product when specialized automotive products already exist? Skin lotions??
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Skin lotions have the mostly the same stuff that dishwashing soaps have, but in different amounts.
True. They also contain perfumes, fillers, dyes and such that either have no use for this application, or that might be detrimental. Why try to press something into use far outside its designer's intentions when properly designed solutions already exist? Makes no sense!

Let's see, the vinyl and rubber dressing I use from Griot's Garage works fine on my tires and bumper rubber, so maybe I should use it as a hand lotion??

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Gary, Using dish soap or anything else that will wash out with water is not the thing thing you want for your wiper shaft boots. I can't imgine hy it was suggested. It's not the right thing.Everybody has their own thing they like.

I will be using the correct thing, when I find it.

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:rolleyes: Look , once the boot is in place it is going to do it's job . What ever you use to make it slick that will not attack the rubber will work just fine . Soap or detergent or what ever is only to make the thing slick so it will slide on . I never use silicone on my car because it is near impossible to get rid of later. Especially if you ever wish to paint the car . If you get any on your fingers and touch ANY thing else you will spread the darn stuff . the detergent or spit for darn sake will make the rubber slick and will work . I rarely ever respond to your threads or post because they end up like this . You must make everything a debate and over the dumbest things .:sick: Gary
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:rolleyes: Look , once the boot is in place it is going to do it's job . What ever you use to make it slick that will not attack the rubber will work just fine . I rarely ever respond to your threads or post because they end up like this . You must make everything a debate and over the dumbest things .:sick: Gary

I second and third that!! Once it's on leave it alone. Kinda like a scab, don't continue to pick at it. Take the advice and leave it alone.

Buy NEW boots. Spit on 'em, put them on and walk away. nuff said.

Dave.

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I got a couple sets of replacement wiper boots through eBay, and both sets dried out & crumbled after a few months. Is that correct, or did I get some junk?

You got screwed Tomo.... New boots should last a lot longer than a few months. :)

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Guys, don't let this get into a flamer....

They speak the truth. It's really hard to watch the amazing twists, turns, and off-topic tangents that this guy adds to any thread, whether or not it's one he started, without responding.

I will be using the correct thing, when I find it.

I hope you do!

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Stephen,

I respect the "advice" people will offer here, because most of it is from first-hand experience, but some people tend to think that their advice is the ONLY good one, so you'd better take that it, and that's that. Dave suggests, "Take the advice and move on." Which advice? There were a number of them! Some people don't want to accept any reasonable discussion, called it a "debate," even if somebody has an idea that might work, or some related experience to involve. This is a sad thing from a people ("Americans") who consider themselves so much better than others.

Closed minds. There's ALWAYS another way, but some people are afraid to try. I will try those things if I can.

Now, if You don't mind, I'm going out to the car to get whatever is left on there, off. I will get some new ones.

thx

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