Last time I wrote about changing the blades once every six months but what can you do to help keep your wipers in good shape when you run into problems? Don’t do what’s in the picture but Here are some tips!

Common Wiper Problems

Streaking occurs when the rubber squeegee dries, hardens and cracks. It can also be caused by tree sap, road tar and other foreign substances collected on either the glass or the blade.
Skipping occurs when the blade develops a curvature from lack of use (e.g. left in the ‘parked position’ for an extended length of time).
Wearing occurs with extensive use and is when the rubber edges are rounded instead of squared.
Splitting is caused when the sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate the rubber squeegee, causing it to breakdown and separate from the frame.
Bent Refill Vertebra and Bent Frames cause inconsistent contact with the glass surface, creating streaking or skipping.

Avoid these common problems and extend the life of your wiper blades by following these simple steps:

Clean your windshield every time you fill your gas tank.

Gently wipe the rubber squeegee with a damp paper towel to remove any loose dirt or oil.

Never use your windshield wipers to de-ice your windshield. Instead, either use an ice scraper or use your defroster to melt snow and ice. I know it’s tempting to stay inside the warm car and not get cold but TRUST ME your wipers will thank you! (

Pull your wiper blades away from the windshield during winter months to prevent ice build up on the rubber squeegee and to prevent them from sticking to the windshield.

Efficient wiper blades are as important to a vehicle’s safe operation as clean oil and good tires. So remember to change your wiper blades at least once a year, to inspect them frequently for wear and tear and to enjoy the view! Stay tuned to this blog spot and as always DRIVE SAFE!!!

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