Windshield wipers are a key safety feature but even the best wipers are prone to deterioration over time. Harsh sun, moisture, oil from cleaners and waxes, airborne dirt, and other debris can create cracks or tears, like the one pictured. Here are a few things you can do to keep your wipers in good shape:
As a rule of thumb, you should clean your windshield every time you fill your gas tank. You can also apply a windshield treatment every few months to help repel water, if you want.
Keeping your windshield free of harmful debris will cut down on the chances of them getting torn from a stray twig or rock, or even build up dirt.
When you clean the blades themselves, be sure to handle them with the utmost care. Gently wipe the rubber squeegee with a damp paper towel to remove any loose dirt or oil. From time to time, you should also give them a good wash and dry with glass cleaner and a towel.
While cleaning, you should visually inspect both the windshield and wiper blades and for wear. Simply slide your finger along the rubber to feel for cracks, divots, and other damage. You should also visually inspect the blades for:
We typically recommend changing your wiper blades at least once a year—at the very least. Most drivers will need to change them more often, especially in New England where harsh weather makes the blades more prone to wear and unexpected damage. Ideally, you should replace the blades before they’re broken to avoid any dangerous driving situations—driving with a damaged or missing blade can cause decreased visibility when you need it most, making accidents far more likely.
At V&F we know that efficient wiper blades are as important to a vehicle’s safe operation as clean oil and good tires. From regular maintenance to unexpected repairs, we’re proud to be the best local auto repair shop in Agawam, MA. Call us at (413) 314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.