Windshield Wiper Blade Care Tips

Visibility is fundamental to safe driving. Even though drivers depend on their wiper blades to clear away rain, sleet and snow, many wait to replace them until they need them the most. So remembering to maintain wiper blades regularly can maximize visibility, efficiency and reliability.

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

  • Clean your windshield often and at least 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.
  • 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.

Wiper blades should be replaced every year or as soon as you notice a squeak, chatter, skip, smear or streak reducing driving visibility.

An easy way to remember to proactively change your wiper blades is to replace them at same time each year. Pick a birthday or other special date that coincides with the beginning of the rainy season.

When inspecting wiper blades, look for the following:

  • Broken frame – detachment of frame arms at joints or connection points
  • Metal Corrosion – especially at joints and claws
  • All joints hinge freely
  • Visible cracks, tears, and missing pieces in the rubber squeegee’s edge
  • Flex rubber squeegee back and forth to see if it is still flexible. Aged squeegees will have difficulty conforming to the shape of your windshield and create streaks.
  • Check the squeegee’s wiping edge for rounded edges which can prevent the wiper blade from making proper contact with the windshield
  • Ensure wiper blades have been securely installed on the wiper frame

If the frame assemblies are in good condition you can save yourself a few dollars by just replacing the rubber squeegee with a refill.

Remember to check your wiper blades as part of your regular preventative maintenance program!
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2 Responses to "Windshield Wiper Blade Care Tips"

  1. Good stuff and all true. Applies to cars, toads and pull vehicles too. I got in a hurry once and let a guy at a repair place put two on my MH a while back. I did not need them for a few weeks, but there I was driving down the Interstate at about 65 when it started raining buckets. I hit the switch and two swipes in both blades flew off and were gone! It was as funny as it was dangerous. I got to an exit, pulled off and saw a car parts place. I had to stand there in the rain and put them on. They were a bit small, all they had, but it got me down the road. I was sure cussing the guy who put them on.

    My question is, are there any treatments that preserve them? Does something like Armor All protect them?

    Griz

  2. I just read the very fine tips on Windshield wWpers.
    I have bought the pipe insulation that comes in the Six Foot tubular sections. The stuff you slip it over your pipes to insulate them from the cold freezing weather.
    I cut the Six foot section in half which gives me two Three foot sections.
    I slip each one of these over my Windshield Wipers to protect them from the sun when my Motor Home is parked. The wipers last for years this way. I have saved the costly expense of the Wiper replacement.
    Please remember to remove them when you drive cuz the wipers are not gonna clear the window to see if it rains!

    God Bless Yall
    Florida "snow-birds"
    Poley & Geraldine
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