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If you’re going to drive, you’ve got to be able to see. About 90% of our driving decisions are based on what we see. So, having a good pair of windshield wipers is very important. We’ve all had that fear or frustration of not being able to see clearly during a storm or when our windshield is just plain dirty. It usually seems that your wiper blades are at their worst when you need them the most. Windshield wipers are no different to any other vehicle’s parts. They require regular attention in order to work their best.
Overtime wiper blades become hard and brittle and then they tear. They also lose their flexibility and don’t clear the windshield effectively leaving streaks. You may notice a squeaking or chattering noise, this means that the rubber part of the blade had been damaged and is not making proper contact with your windshield. Worn wiper blades are not just a safety hazard, they could also scratch your windshield, which is a big thing to fix.
Most of us replace our windshield wipers when they no longer do the job. They are so worn, hard or brittle that they can’t even clean the windshield. They may even be falling apart. We really need to think of our wiper blades as a safety system that we maintain, rather than repair. It’s recommended that you replace your wiper blades at least twice a year, in the spring and fall. This way you have good wipers for those spring showers and winter storms.
You can purchase new wiper blades from any auto parts store, but if you purchase them at Hilltop Tire, we’ll install them for you at no additional charge. We offer a large, competitively priced inventory of wiper blades to choose from. No appointment needed. Stop by today.
Yes, there are a few things you can do to help extend the life of your wipers. One thing you can do is clean your windshield regularly. Removing bird droppings, caked-on dirt and bugs will keep your wipers from having to take on too much. Most gas stations have a hand-held squeegee and cleaner to make this task an easy one. So, every time you get fuel, clean your windshield too.
If your car gets covered with snow or ice, take the time to scrap off the snow and ice from the windshield instead of letting your wipers do the job. Snow and ice can damage the rubber causing them to prematurely wear out. It’s also a good idea to clean the blades with a clean cloth and a bit of rubbing alcohol. This will clean away the dirt and grime and help lengthen the life of your windshield wipers.