If youâ€™re going to drive, youâ€™ve got to be able to see! Having a good pair of windshield wipers is extremely important. We have all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm, or when our windshield is just dirty. It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. Windshield wipers are like most other vehicle parts- they require regular attention in order to work their best.
You really should replace your wiper blades twice a year – in the spring and the fall. If you live in a place that has harsh winters, you may even want to get special winter blades in the fall. Winter blades are designed to resist freezing. Speaking of winter and freezing conditions, if your car has been sitting for a long time and the windshield becomes frozen, donâ€™t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That will just tear up the blades and cause them to wear out more quickly. It may even damage the wiper motor.
Over time, wiper blades become hard and brittle, and then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just donâ€™t cover the windshield effectively. Worn wiper blades are not just a safety hazard; they can also scratch your windshield. That may require replacing the entire windshield which is a big cost considering wipers are such a little part.
Remember to replace worn blades right away. Your local service center can provide you with a quality replacement blade. They cost about the same as they would at the store, but installation is included at the service center. It is smart to change your blades twice a year before they become a problem. Just get it done at one of your fall and spring oil changes.
Of course you also need washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though your local service center will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home, or in the car if you are on a long trip. Always use windshield washer fluid. Plain water, even fancy bottled water, may freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water will not do a good job of cleaning your windows. Some vehicles have two reservoirs: one for the windshield and one for the back window. The back reservoir may be under the hood or somewhere in the back.