Since the monsoons are on the brink of arrival, it becomes even more important for you to ensure that your vehicle is in good shape to overcome all possible hindrances that may arise like slippery roads, visibility issues, dirty interiors etc. One part that seems to play second fiddle always in terms of importance is your pair of car wipers which play a huge role in giving you good sight during rains. You definitely do not want to be blind in the middle of a busy road with a torrential downpour!
Ideally, your wiper blades must be replaced at least once in every six months or as soon as you happen to notice a difference in your driving visibility. If your wiper blades no longer make proper contact with your windshield surface, they may begin to squeak, chatter or streak thereby also reducing your driving visibility, which could be precarious in rains. So what do you check for or how do you know there is a problem with your wipers?
THINGS TO INSPECT ON WIPERS:
- Any Metal Corrosion especially at all joints and claws
- Any visible cracks, tears, and missing pieces in your rubber squeegee’s edge
- Check for a broken frame or detachment of frame arms at the joints or the connection points
- Check that the squeegee is secure in your wiper frame
- Check the squeegee wiping edge for any rounded edges which can prevent the wiper blade from making firm contact with the windshield and reducing the wiping quality
- Flex the rubber squeegee back and forth to see if it is still flexible enough. Aged squeegee parts will have some difficulty conforming to the shape of your windshield and therefore create streaks
- You could tug the wipers lightly to ensure that the wiper blade has been securely installed on your wiper arm.
Having learnt this, we present to you some of the most common issues your wipers face:
MOST COMMON CAR WIPERS PROBLEMS
Wearing: This occurs with an extensive use and when your rubber edges are rounded instead of being squared.
Splitting: This is caused when the sun’s UV rays penetrate the rubber squeegee. This causes it to breakdown and then separates from the frame.
Streaking: This occurs when the rubber squeegee dries, then harden and cracks. This could also be caused by some tree sap, road tar and other possible foreign substances collected on either the glass or the blade.
Skipping: This occurs when your blade develops a curvature due to lack of use. For example, if your car is left in the parked position for an extended length of time.
And now, we would like to present to our guide which contains the best tips to maintain your wipers from all issues:
SIMPLE TIPS TO KEEPING CAR WIPERS MAINTAINED
- The first tip is to clean your windshield every time you go to fill your gas tank
- You could gently wipe the rubber squeegee of your wiper with a piece of damp paper towel to remove any loose dirt or grease
- Remember to never use your windshield wipers to try to de-ice your windshield. You could instead either use an ice scraper or probably use your defroster to melt the frost
- Check the wiper area for any leaks in the washer fluid tank and tubes
- Check for any clogged spray nozzles
- Regularly replace your wiper blades
- It would be wise to treat your windshield with some water repellent
- Check your washer fluid pump for any issues.
Bottom line is that visibility is an undeniable fundamental to safe driving. Even though most drivers depend on their vehicles’ wiper blades to clear away the rain and sleet, many drivers wait to replace them until they need them the most. But you can’t afford to slip up. So remember to maintain your car wiper blades regularly. This can maximise your visibility, efficiency and reliability and also remember to insert your wiper blades into your weekly maintenance program!
We hope this write-up helped in assisting you. We wish you happy journeys!