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No matter what climate you live in, chances are your windshield wipers are used on a regular basis. Designed to enhance your visibility during inclement weather, your wipers are an important aspect of your vehicle that need to be maintained just like your tires or headlights.

There are several factors that can cause your wiper blades to deteriorate, including ultraviolet light from the sun, airborne debris such as sand or dust, and even exhaust from other vehicles. And of course, there's general wear and tear from clearing away snow, sleet, ice, and heavy rain.

Ideally, wiper blades should be replaced every six to twelve months. Engineered to move over your windshield surface in one smooth motion, your visibility could be drastically affected if they are no longer able to make proper contact. If you suspect your blades may be damaged, look for these tell-tale signs:

  • Visible cracking, tears, or missing pieces from the rubber's edge.
  • Stiff or inflexible rubber. A wiper blade should be pliable in order to conform to the shape of your windshield.
  • Squeaking, vibrating, or any other indication that the blade isn't securely installed in the wiper arm.

There are also some simple steps you can take to make your wiper blades last longer over time. Cleaning them with alcohol on occasion is a great way to remove impacted dirt and debris. Parking in the shade will protect them from the damaging rays of the sun. Don't forget to use windshield cleaning fluid every time you use your wipers, as this will help them easily glide over the glass without risk of scratching it.

Being able to properly see through your windshield is a basic to safe driving. Remembering to replace your wiper blades on a regular basis will not only maximize your vehicle's efficiency and reliability, but it will also lower your chances of requiring expensive repairs or replacements down the road.

We're always happy to take a look at your wiper blades, and your vehicle, to ensure they are in premium condition. Schedule service with us today to enjoy peace of mind every time you drive.

Categories: Service, Parts