Windshield Wiper Wisdom

You all know to prepare your vehicles for winter driving. But while you’ve likely heard plenty about checking your battery, flushing your fluids, and changing the oil, there is another component of your vehicle that often goes overlooked despite being a key safety feature during inclement weather—the windshield wipers.

A wiper tune-up can have an enormous impact at any time of the year, but it’s especially effective and important when visibility is at a premium during the winter months. Maintaining proper windshield wiper health gives you a much better chance of getting through the season without any accidents.

How the Windshield Wiper System Works

Your vehicles wiper system is comprised of five parts:

  1. wiper motor
  2. wiper arms
  3. wiper blades
  4. wiper inserts
  5. washer fluid

The arm connects to the base of your vehicle and holds the blade. The wiper insert (the rubber squeegee that’s actually in contact with your windshield) is held by the blade. The motor powers everything. And washer fluid is, of course, the liquid that shoots onto your windshield to clean it.

Checking Your Wiper System

In order to maintain optimum condition, your wiper system needs routine maintenance and replacements. The wiper insert should be replaced at least twice a year, ideally before and after the winter months. To check to see if your wiper inserts need to be replaced at any time, just spray washer fluid and switch on your wipers. If you hear a screeching sound or see streaks on your windshield, your wiper inserts are worn and need to be replaced.

Your wiper blades also need regular attention. Cleaning them twice a month will help you stay on top of any cracks or other damage that could lead to problems in severe weather. Wipe down your wiper inserts with a clean rag and some washer fluid at the same time you clean the blades.

Five Minutes Makes a Difference

A few minutes of effort is well worth the safety and advantage of having clean, healthy wipers. Winter driving is just too dangerous without perfect and reliable visibility.

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~ by 2ndtononeservice on January 19, 2015.

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