Can my car fail an MOT on its wiper blades?

MOT wiper blade fail

Believe it or not, wiper blades are the third highest reason for a car failing an MOT in the UK. Source UK Government Website.

Most people don’t check their wiper blades before taking their car for an MOT and then are disappointed to learn there car has failed. This normally means the inconvenience of making another appointment to have the car retested at a later date meaning more time of work or a wasted afternoon taking your car to the test station and waiting for the test to be completed.

If you car does fail on it’s wiper blades, the garage may offer to replace them for you. That’s great you may think, but be warned you will pay over the odds for this convenience. Garages will charge 50-60% extra to provide and fit the wiper blades for you and that’s if the have stock or you are prepared to wait for them to be delivered from the local motor factors.

Save time and money, do it yourself!

Why not save yourself all this hassle and check your wiper blades before the MOT. It’s simple to do and may save time and money. Remember wiper blade MOT failure is the third most common reason for a car to fail an MOT. Buying you wiper blades online will save you money. Don’t be tempted to go to your local car parts store, again you will be paying close to £40 for a set of wiper blades that could be purchased for around £20-£25 online. Most dedicated wiper blade online retailers offer fast delivery and some even next day but expect to pay a bit extra for next day delivery, hey, but still much cheaper than on the high street.

This is great, but how do I know if my wiper blades will fail or not?

wiper blades by bosch for all carsThe guidelines for the MOT tester is to fail the vehicle if the wiper blades fail to clear the screen. They will do a visual inspection of the blades to ensure they are not hanging off and clearly do not provide contact across the screen.

The first thing to do is to check your blades are clearing the screen adequately to provide clear vision. If its not raining, simply use you screen wash and ensure there are no areas of the screen that are missed due to the blade not making contact across the entire length of the wiper blade. Also check that there are no streaks or splitting and that you can’t hear and see the blades skipping across the screen, if you do then it’s probably safer to replace them as they have the potential to fail your car’s MOT.

Remember, even if your wiper blades are old and don’t look great, but they clear the screen fine, then they will not fail the MOT.

OK Great, but how do I know what wiper blades to buy and how do I fit them?

Don’t worry about getting the right blades and fitting is easy when you know how.

Choosing the right blades for your car can be done on most online websites by select the make, model and year of the vehicle click go and you are normally presented with either single blades or a MOT passtwin pack of wiper blades for both the drivers and passengers side. It’s normally a good idea to replace both at the same time and normally it’s not that much more to purchase the twin pack as opposed to just the one. Some websites allow you to enter you registration number and then returns the wiper blades for you car. Sites that offer this facility are normally larger car spares websites that are not a price competitive as the dedicated wiper blade websites. You could always use a site that allows you to enter your registration and find the model number for the wiper blades and then do a Google search for the specific model number. ie Bosch A016S.

Wiper Blade ArmsWiper blades come with many different types of fitting, but don’t worry, you don’t need to know what one you need as this is all taken care of when you select your make, model and year.

Once you have your new wiper blades you will need to fit them or you could just ask the garage who is doing the MOT to fit them for you. It only takes a few seconds and I’m sure they will be happy to do this for no charge. Alternatively, this is so easy to do yourself once you see how to do it. Firstly you need to identify the connector type and head over to YouTube to see how it’s done. The best YouTube channel that shows very clearly how to fit all the different types of connector is Bosch wiper blades themselves, click the link below to see just how easy it is.

Bosch wiper blade fitting videos

So in summary, yes you car can fail it’s MOT for wiper blades that do not clear the windscreen and frequently do. So, save yourself the hassle and check them before hand, if in doubt replace them before the MOT to save yourself time and money.

If you have your own experience or advice or would like to comment please feel free to do so below.

Autoexpress – Award winning Bosch Aerotwin 2016

Wiper Blade Review

Bosch Aerotwin wiper blades does it again in a independent test!

Number one spot for the Bosch Aerotwin in the Autoexpress wiper blade tests 2016. Autoexpress tested nine of the top wiper blades available to UK motorist to see which would perform the best using the following criteria at motorway speeds:-

  • Missed areas
  • Missed lines (streaking)
  • Squeaking (dry screen)
  • Juddering (dry screen)
  • Ease of installation
  • Price/value

Standards were high for the majority of the blades tested, but yet again Bosch Aerotwin wipers came out on top with the “Wiper Blades Aerowiper” blade in second place followed by the Michelin Stealth wiper blade.AutoExpress Award 2016

Bosch performed impeccably with no missed lines and patches, lowest noise levels, simple to fit with the benefit of a YouTube video clearly showing how simple the clip system is to use and great value for money.

The Bosch Areotwin is not the cheapest wiper blade tested but when compared to the second place wiper, the larger bulky adapter and a few missed lines at high speed make it the next best option when choosing wiper blades on a budget.

You can read the full test result at the Autoexpress website here Wiper Blades Tested

A full list of the wiper blades tested in result order:-
1. Bosch Aerotwin
2. Wiper Blades Aerowiper
3. Michelin Stealth
4. Champion Aerovantage
5. Valeo Compact evolution
6. Bluecol Specific Fit
7. Valeo Silencio X-TRM
8. Lucas ClearVision
9. Halfords Flat Wiper Blade Set



Bosch Icon Wiper Blades in the UK

Can I get Bosch Icon wiper blades in the UK?

We have received several phone calls asking if we stock Bosch Icon wiper blades.

Bosch Innovative DesignJust a quick post to inform you that the Bosch Icon branding is only available in the United States and not in the UK.

The equivalent Bosch sub brand is the Bosch AeroTwin  wiper blades here in the UK. They are manufactured to the same high standards as the Icon blades and go through the same rigorous quality control.

To find out more details why the Bosch Icon wiper blades last up to 40% longer than other premium blades Click Here.

Alternatively, to search for UK Bosch AeroTwin wiper blades Click Here.

Bosch Wiper Blades, Best Wiper Blades in the UK?

Bosch Wiper Blades

Bosch Wiper Blades, Best Wiper Blades in the UK?

Bosch Wiper Blades Review.

Everyone who drives knows the importance of having clear and unobstructed vision ahead particularly in poor weather conditions. But does the quality of your wiper blades really make a difference?

wiper blades by bosch for all carsMost people will only change their wiper blades when the rubber is falling apart or has been highlighted on an MOT and not because the blades are not performing as they should. So, for whatever reason you have decided to change your wiper blades, the first hurdle is trying to find the correct fit wiper blades for your vehicle. Modern cars no longer have the older hook fitting as standard but there are now a variety of different connectors depending on the make and model of your car. Most car parts or wiper blade websites have a make, model and year tool that allows you to easily identify the correct fitting for you particular car, so this should not be too much of an issue.

The next decision to make is, do I buy cheaper wiper blades or the more expensive Bosch branded wiper blades. Are Bosch wipers blades really that much better, will they last longer, will they perform better in heavy rain (or snow) and are they worth paying the extra for?

These are all valid questions. It’s always good to bear in mind that being able to see clearly when driving, particularly at high speeds and in rain is critical to your safety and of those other road users and pedestrians.

To give you an example, I was in a work colleague’s car driving to a meeting in heavy rain and he was only occasionally manually putting on his wipers. I asked him if his wiper blades where not wiping correctly. He replied that the wiper are fine and it’s just they make a very annoying squeaking noise on the screen that drives him mad on long journeys.  It wasn’t until his vision was almost down to zero he would use the wipers!

bosch aero wipersMost manufactures such as Audi, BMW and Mercedes fit Bosch wiper blades as standard in all their new vehicles. So are they really worth paying extra for? Below are six reason why you should always buy Bosch wiper blades when replacing the wiper blades on your car.

1. AutoExpress number 1 tested wiper blades.

AutoExpress have carried out comprehensive tests on all the branded wiper blades on offer to drivers including Bosch, Lucas, Michelin, Valeo, Halfords and Champion wiper blades. The Bosch Aerotwin was a clear winner. The blades where tested for missed arears and streaking (lines) at high speeds. They also tested for squeaking and juddering of the blade on dry screens and finally value for money.

2. Superbly effective, even at high speeds and extreme weather conditions.

Bosch Superbly EffectiveThe flat, shallow, aerodynamic design feature of Aerotwin allows for maximum performance and optimum wiping action. As there are no metal parts and linkages the wiper blade sits neatly under the boot lid making it more aerodynamic and produces less wind noise.

3. Bosch Aerotwin wiper blades come with integrated spoiler and spring clips.

The Aerotwin range comes with an integrated spoiler and spring clips inside the full length of the blade. This ensures a more even pressure across the length of the blade giving a perfect judder free wipe that ensures the blade wears evenly with less noise. This technology also assists with problems with insects and stubborn dirt removal.

4. Better performance in hot and cold weather conditions.

Bosch RubberIn extreme cold Bosch wipes have been proven to perform better. Bosch use a patented technology Power Protection Plus (PPP) that prevents the rubber from becoming harder and more brittle in cold temperatures, this prevents the blade from juddering as the edge of the blade does not flip back and forth when in use. This technology also helps to keep the blades flexibility in hotter weather conditions and helps to prolong the life of the wiper blade.


5. Universal range with easy fit multi clip adapter and retrofit range.

Bosch AdapterThe Bosch universal range of wiper blades comes supplied with 4 adapters (6 types) that fit most modern makes of car (not cars fitted with the older hook arm – see below). The multi clip really is very simple to fit and ensures a perfect fit for your car without compromising the excellent Aerotwin performance. Bosch have not forgotten older cars with the hook fit conventional wiper blades. Bosch’s range of retrofit wiper blades allow you to upgrade to flat blade with integrated spoiler and all the great performance of the Aerotwin range. The retrofit blades come with a pre-assembled adapter that really is the easiest to fit connecter we have tested – simply fit and engage!

6. Innovative design wiper blade technology.

Bosch Innovative DesignThe winning features of Aerotwin maximum performance flat wiper blades are their elegant, extremely shallow design and perfect action. Wiper blades should be discrete and blend with the cars aerodynamic shape and should defiantly not be heard both in and not in use. You can feel the high quality of Bosch Aerotwin wipers when you unpackaged them compared to cheaper makes. You simply don’t get the sleek modern look and design with the other brands.



So in summary, Bosch wiper blade will provide a clearer wipe performance with no missed or streaked arears, a quieter operation both in terms of squeaking and wind noise, will last longer due to the twin compound double micro edge and finally they look great on any car. We believe you should only fit the best – Bosch wiper blades.

Search for your Bosch Wiper Blades now.

In the next article, we look at the different range of Bosch wiper blades and the codes used to identify them.