Published on September 29, 2016 by Jeffry Gardner
Keepin’ it clean – all about wiper blades
We are finally getting some consistent rain here in Tucson, and that means extra work for a car component that a lot of us don’t get to use much – the wiper blades.
Time to replace them?
Wiper blades should be replaced if they are…
– Skipping (chattering across the windshield)
– Streaking (leaving marks when you use them)
– Squeaking (making a lot of noise!)
Why do wiper blades go bad?
There are a number of reasons that wiper blades go bad, like:
– UV rays and ozone deterioration dries out the rubber
– Oils used in car waxes can deteriorate the wiper rubber
– Particles like dust, sand and trees can damage the rubber
How to make them last?
– Clean your windshield regularly, like whenever you fill up.
– Wipe the blade gently with a moist towel to help remove debris or oils
– Avoid using wipers to de-ice your windshield. Using a scraper instead will help prolong the life of your wipers and help you burn a few calories, too.
Wipers are hugely important to keeping your windshield clear of debris and giving the driver a clear view of the road. Take care of them – they might just help take care of you!
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