Windshield wiper maintenance is very important for every vehicle. Everyone knows that visibility is key to good driving. How well your wipers work directly impacts your level of visibility as a driver.
In an occasion that you are unable to see where you are going or say your vision gets impaired, the chances of having an accident are high. Keeping your windshield wipers well maintained is easy, by understanding what affects your wipers and how to check them, you can have a safer and more enjoyable driving experience.
For example, too much sunlight can cause the windshield wipers to become dry, cracked, and brittle over time.
Also, Moisture, above and beyond standard rain, will cause your windshield wipers to deteriorate more quickly, especially if you park your car in the open.
Keep in mind also that your windshield hates dust, sand, and mud. All these abrasive forms of debris can eat away at the rubber.
Proper Windshield Wiper Maintenance Tips
1. Keep your windshield wipers clean.
This should be a daily routine for people who don’t wash their cars every day. By keeping your windshield wiper clean, you are also protecting your windshield itself. There are drivers who wipe off each time they drive into the station to fill up their tank.
2. Use your windshield wipers as they were intended.
This means you should use your wipers to slickwater and rain from your windshield, as well as light dust. However, if your vehicle has gotten so dirty that your glass surfaces are covered in mud, you will need to wash your car manually.
When to Replace Your Windshield Wipers
1. Windshield wipers should be replaced often.
Your windshield works quite often and it is expected that at some point it will become weak. When should Windshield Wipers be changed? After nine months or one year at best. However, the car maintenance culture in Nigeria seems to be poor and drivers would rather wait until they hear squeaking or see a visible issue with their wipers.
Unfortunately, in these circumstances, the windshield wipers are already too far gone and could be causing damage to your windshield at this point. You don’t have to wait until you see a crack on your windshield before you change your wipers.
2. When you inspect your windshield wipers, look for any visibly broken pieces.
Inspect your windshield wiper regularly and when you do, check out for visibly broken pieces. This could include the frame or rubber parts, as well as the hinges and joints. If you find any broken parts, the windshield wipers should be replaced.
3, When you notice a streak on the glass or hear a chattering noise
If when using your windshield wipers you notice streaking on the glass or hear a chattering noise, the wipers should be replaced very soon.
Windshield wiper maintenance is very simple but often overlooked. By taking care of your windshield wipers, you will ensure a safe ride, better visibility, and prevent future damage to your windshield.
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