Vehicle Servicing – Wiper BladesOctober 13th, 2017
If you’re gonna drive around in your car you’ve got to be able to see! So having a good set of windshield wipers is extremely important. We’ve all experienced the frustration and fear of not being able to see clearly during a storm or when our windshield is just dirty.
It seems like your wiper blades are always at their worst when you need them the most. Windshield wipers are like most other vehicle parts– they require regular attention in order to work their best. You really ought to replace your wiper blades at least once a year.
If your car has been sitting for a long time out in the cold winter weather and the windshield becomes frozen, don’t use your wipers to clear off snow and ice. That’ll just tear up the blades and cause them to wear out more quickly. It may even damage the wiper motor.
Over time, wiper blades become hard and brittle, and can then tear. They also lose their flexibility and just don’t cover the windshield effectively.
Worn wiper blades aren’t just a safety hazard; they can also scratch your windshield. That may require replacing the entire windshield, a big cost for such a little part.
Replace worn blades right away. Our professionals at Oil Changers can provide you with a quality replacement blade. They cost about the same as they would at the store, but installation is included at any of our Oil Changers stores.
Of course you also need windshield washer fluid to help your blades do their work. Even though Oil Changers will top off the washer fluid with a full service oil change, it is a good idea to have some extra fluid at home, or in the car if you are on a long trip.
You should always use a windshield washer additive. Plain water, even that fancy bottled water, may freeze in the fluid reservoir or on the windshield itself, making things worse. Besides, water won’t do a good job of cleaning your windows. We wouldn’t suggest using dishwashing liquid either as that can block up the entire system and stop it from operating altogether.
And remember that some vehicles have two reservoirs: one for the windshield and one for the back window, which may be under the hood or somewhere in the back.
So follow these tips to keep your windshield clear and your eye on the road, and give us a call.