1. Windshield Wipers Pre-date the Model T
2. Blinking Eyelids Inspired the Intermittent Wiper
3. Today’s Vehicles Feature Several Windshield c Wiper Configurations
Think about how your car’s wipers swipe across your windshield. On most cars, two blades rest parallel to each other and swipe up and down in the same direction. A less popular alternative also features two blades, but both rest in the middle of the windshield and wipe in opposite directions before returning to the center.
More rare, you may find vehicles with two wiper blades that rest in a vertical position on the sides of the windshield. Some cars even have only one long wiper blade that cleans most of the windshield with a single swipe.
4. You Should Change Most Wiper Blades 1-2 Times a Year
It’s pretty simple to identify when your car’s wiper blades are past their prime because the signs are hard to ignore. The wipers make scraping noises. They leave streaks on the windshield. Or the rubber on the blades has obvious signs of fraying and cracking.
However, even after noticing these wiper blade problems, many drivers avoid replacing them. Typical wiper blades should be replaced once or twice a year, based on the following factors:
- Weather- Extremely sunny conditions can wear down rubber and cause it to crack. Freezing winter temperatures can also age wiper blades, so in cold regions it’s wise to replace blades in late fall and early spring.
- Blade material- Rubber wiper blades are usually the cheapest, but they also wear out fastest. Blades made from stronger materials, such as silicone or halogen-hardened rubber, may last over a year.
Anytime you replace your wiper blades, replace all of them, including rear wiper blades if your car has them. A windshield professional can recommend an optimal blade for your car and install it for you if needed.
5. Some Basic Maintenance Can Extend the Life of Your Wiper Blades
In addition to replacing your blades on a regular schedule, you can protect them by performing a few simple tasks.
- Clean your windshield when you fill up your gas tank. Also wipe down the blades with a towel or paper towel, looking out for signs of wear.
- Position your wiper blades away from the windshield when you park during cold conditions. This step keeps the blades from freezing to the window. Similarly, never try to use your blade to scrape ice off your windshield.
Remember that wiper blades are an important part of a functional car windshield. To keep your windshield wipers and your windshield itself in top-notch condition, work with our experts at GoGlass. Call us at 800.746.4527 for assistance with your windshields!