The Importance of Wiper Blades

  • Dec 9, 2015
  • Resources & Tips

‘Tis the season to ask: Are your windshield wiper blades in decent condition?

Just like Santa, your vehicle’s maintenance requires a checklist. As the mercury in the thermostat begins to drop, it is especially important to double-check that your wiper blades are suitable for the weather. If you hold off replacing those worn out wiper blades, they are bound to start acting up.

Nobody needs windshield wipers that streak during a snowstorm. That rubber strip is critical for clearing the driver’s eye-line when it matters most.

If you’re not sure when you replaced your wiper blades last, chances are, they are due for an inspection. This should take place at least once a year. Most people can tell if the wipers aren’t doing their job while in use. On occasion, the wiper arm itself is the problem. Well-worn wiper blades will sometimes appear cracked or discolored with a rounded edge.

Fortunately, wiper blade replacement is a quick, inexpensive fix. And you certainly don’t have to be a mechanic to do the job. As long as you have the correct length of blade for your vehicle, installation tends to be relatively easy. Be advised that some rear window wipers can prove tricky. If ever in doubt, bring in your vehicle and we’ll take care of the installation for you. Better safe than sorry.

Like most things auto related, you have some options when choosing the product you wish to attach to your vehicle. Some brands even offer a wiper blade specially designed for the demands of winter.

Expensive wiper blades include a more durable material, like silicone, and tend to last longer. Generally speaking, even the cheapest brands will get the job done. We’ll put on any wiper blades you want.

If you want to get the most out of your wiper blades, take the opportunity to squeegee your windshield whenever you fill up for gas. A simple cleaning to remove excess residue will save on your wiper blades’ wear and tear.

As tempting as it may be to let your wipers do all the work this season, we suggest the use of a scraper and brush to clear away any snow or ice gathered during your absence.

Just as your tires need to be in good repair, the same holds true for wiper blades. After all, wiper blades contribute to the safe operation of your vehicle.

Warrenton Auto Service values your patronage, but not at the expense of an accident that could have been easily prevented. If you’re ever unsure about the safety or performance of your vehicle’s components, ask us to take a look.

We are your trusted automotive, auto body, and auto glass repair specialists. We’re here to help. Contact us today.

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