Winter Wiper Blade Tips
I think it’s time to give wiper blades a shout out. They are a hard working safety feature that endure extreme temperatures. They can be inactive for months and then need to work for hours on end. Pretty impressive for a thin piece of rubber! Still, we don’t give them much thought until they don’t work properly. This is often in bad weather and poorly timed to resolve quickly.
Wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year and inspected regularly for signs of damage and wear.
How your wiper blades work while in use is a good way to tell if they are in good shape or not. Worn blades will not make full contact with the windshield, reducing your visibility by leaving streaks or patches of water along the glass. They will also become noisy as they skip, squeak and chatter while travelling back and forth.
It is best to inspect your wipers from time to time to catch the wear before it becomes a problem. Check to ensure the frame areas and joints are connected and free of damage and warping. This is also a good time to look for corrosion around the joints and claws
The rubber squeegee should be flexible and free of nicks, tears, or missing bits. Edges that have been worn down and rounded will not make strong contact with the glass.
Give the rubber squeegee a small tug to see that it is attached to the wiper arm securely.
Keep your windshield clean. A good way to do this is to clean it at every fill-up.
Wipe the rubber squeegee with a damp cloth to remove loose dirt and oils.
Only use an ice-scraper or your defroster to de-ice your windshield.
Avoid having the rubber freeze to the glass. When parking your vehicle, if equipped, pull the wiper blades away from the glass in frosty weather.