Windshield Wipers

December 5, 2017

Windshield Wipers are Needed Even in Winter

  It might not seem like it, but windshield wipers are needed as much in the winter, as they are in the summer. This is because wipers can remove the snow, sleet, and any other forms of precipitation from the winter. They will also have to deal with more because of the wear and tear they take on freezing temperatures and operating over ice. It is always best to scrape the windshield so it is clear of frost and ice, before you use the windshield wipers. This will help to prevent further damage to them, and having them wear out sooner than they should.   It is recommended to change the windshield wipers at least twice a year. It could also be more often based on how often the wipers are used, and what the weather conditions are. If you are not sure if the wipers should be changed, make sure to contact us and we can inspect them for you.   If you notice a chattering or any other issues with the windshield wipers, it could be a sign that new windshield wipers are needed. This will continue to get worse with time. When the wipers start to wear out, they will no longer clean the windshield efficiently. Other signs could be any smear or streak marks it leaves behind when they operate. Over time this will cause impaired vision when you drive. The poorly cleaned window will reduce the chance that you see other vehicles, animals, or objects that may be on the road.   Also remember to keep the windshield washer fluid reservoir topped off. By making sure it is filled to the appropriate amount, you will have enough to clear the windshield if there is road grime on it. You should also consider having extra washer fluid in the vehicle as well. That way if you run out, you can refill the reservoir no matter where you are. If you notice any issues with your vehicle or windshield wipers, make sure to contact us and make an appointment so we can inspect it for you.
September 20, 2017

When the Windshield Wipers should be Replaced

    When driving, one of the most important things is the visibility you have. This is to help you avoid an accident or hitting something. While it might be easy to opt for the lost cost windshield wipers and parts, this could end up costing you more in the future. Cheaper parts would have to be replaced more frequently. You would also run the risk that they war out and do not provide you with the best visibility when they operate. Make sure to notice the signs that the windshield wipers could be going out. This can help you to have the cleanest window possible when you drive.       The blades of a windshield wiper are important components that hold the wiper in place. Though drivers tend to pay very little attention to the blades in the windshield wipers, research shows that the more efficient the wipers are, the safer you are in the vehicle. This is because of a clear and unobstructed field of vision. There are different factors that affect the performance and the shelf life of the blades. A few of them include the slope of the wiper, which makes blades more exposed to air and incoming moisture. Also the squeegee effect that is caused due to the spring tension in the blade arms, which can be prevented by using optimum windshield wiper fluid. The material of the blade and the claws that hold the blade and transmit pressure are important to inspect as well.       No matter where you live, it is important to replace your windshield wiper from time to time. It is recommended to change the windshield wipers at least once every six months. Typically, people will change them at the start of fall and at the beginning of spring. While you replace your windshield wipers, do not forget to buy the latest technology wipers that have wonderful performance and are branded. Bring the vehicle in, and we can recommend the right kind of windshield wiper.       When you are looking to shop for your windshield wiper replacements, you must also keep in mind about performing a diligent check on the other system components. Recommended checks in your vehicle include the levels of the windshield wiper fluid, windshield water pump and hoses, rear wiper equipments, front side and headlight wiper replacements, wiper motor efficiency, and others. If you ever notice an issue with the windshield wipers, it is best to schedule an appointment, so we can inspect them for you.  
July 25, 2017

Keeping the Windshield Clean

    Most decisions while driving are made based on a clear and unobstructed view of the road ahead. Windshield wipers have a squeegee effect to them. Each time the thin rubber blade moves across the windshield, the droplets of water are then pulled away from your field of vision while driving. Some wiper blades may look okay, but they do a poor job of wiping the window when they are used. Other wiper blades are in worse shape and need replacing because they are cracked, split, or torn. No matter what the appearance is, if the wipers are chattering, streaking, or failing to wipe cleanly and consistently, the wiper blades should be replaced as soon as possible.     Over time, windshield wiper blades will begin to deteriorate because of environmental factors. Exposure to sunlight and atmospheric pollution can cause the rubber to age and wear down. As the windshield wiper blades age, they lose the flexibility and are less likely to wipe away cleanly. They may also develop a permanent curvature that prevents full contact with the window. The sun can harden the rubber on the wiper. When the wipers are used, they will smudge and chatter because they will not be able to follow the curvature of the window.     Heavy use on the wipers can be hard on them. Dust, debris, and road grime will wear away at the edge of the blades that need to be smooth. As the edge begins to deteriorate, water will get under the blade and remain on the window. This results in poor visibility out the window. Any blade that is chattering or doing a poor job of wiping should be replaced. Also, if you notice the blade is cracked, torn, or has any other damage, you should have them replaced as soon as possible. An easy way to test your windshield wipers is to do so on a dry day. Turn on the windshield washer and if the wiper blades are not in good condition, there will be chattering or washer solvent left on the window. If there is any damage to the wiper blades, make sure to have them replaced so you are provided with the best vision possible.     Besides inspecting the windshield wipers, it is important to check the wiper fluid as well. Sometimes a nozzle may be plugged with dirt or debris. A hose may also become kinked or has come loose. While checking the fluid, make sure the spray hits the windshield where it should. If it does not, the nozzles may need to be adjusted. Also make sure the windshield washer pump delivers an adequate stream of solvent. If the stream is weak, the vehicle may have a weak washer pump. The hose may also be clogged, kinked, or loose. Another thing to look at is the windshield washer reservoir. Most have a screen to filter out debris that could clog or damage the pump. If the screen has become blocked by debris, it can obstruct the flow of solvent to the washers. If you notice an issue with the windshield, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the windshield for you.
February 2, 2017

Knowing When to Replace the Windshield Wipers

When driving, one of the most important things is the visibility you have. This is to help you avoid an accident or hitting something. While it might be easy to opt for the lost cost windshield wipers and parts, this could end up costing you more in the future. Cheaper parts would have to be replaced more frequently. You would also run the risk that they war out and do not provide you with the best visibility when they operate. Make sure to notice the signs that the windshield wipers could be going out. This can help you to have the cleanest window possible when you drive. The blades of a windshield wiper are important components that hold the wiper in place. Though drivers tend to pay very little attention to the blades in the windshield wipers, research shows that the more efficient the wipers are, the safer you are in the automobile. This is because of a clear and unobstructed field of vision. There are different factors that affect the performance and the shelf life of the blades. A few of them include the slope of the wiper, which makes blades more exposed to air and incoming moisture. Also the squeegee effect that is caused due to the spring tension in the blade arms, which can be prevented by using optimum windshield wiper fluid. The material of the blade and the claws that hold the blade and transmit pressure are important to inspect as well. It is recommended to change the windshield wipers at least once every six months. Typically, people will change them at the start of fall and at the beginning of spring. While you replace your windshield wipers, do not forget to buy the latest technology wipers that have wonderful performance and are branded. When you are looking to shop for your windshield wiper replacements, you must also keep in mind about performing a diligent check on the other system components. Recommended checks in your vehicle include the levels of the windshield wiper fluid, windshield water pump and hoses, rear wiper equipment, front side and headlight wiper replacements, wiper motor efficiency, and others. Checking the windshield wipers will also help provide you with a safe and reliable ride when you drive this winter.
October 5, 2016

A Clear Windshield is Needed for Increased Safety

  Having good visibility is essential for when you drive. Most decisions while driving are made based on a clear and unobstructed view of the road ahead. Windshield wipers have a squeegee effect to them. Each time the thin rubber blade moves across the windshield, the droplets of water are then pulled away from your field of vision while driving. Some wiper blades may look okay, but they do a poor job of wiping the window when they are used. Other wiper blades are in worse shape and need replacing because they are cracked, split, or torn. No matter what the appearance is, if the wipers are chattering, streaking, or failing to wipe cleanly and consistently, the wiper blades should be replaced as soon as possible.   Over time, windshield wiper blades will begin to deteriorate because of environmental factors. Exposure to sunlight and atmospheric pollution can cause the rubber to age and wear down. As the windshield wiper blades age, they lose the flexibility and are less likely to wipe away cleanly. They may also develop a permanent curvature that prevents full contact with the window. The sun can harden the rubber on the wiper. When the wipers are used, they will smudge and chatter because they will not be able to follow the curvature of the window.   Heavy use of the wipers can be hard on them. Dust, debris, and road grime will wear away at the edge of the blades that need to be smooth. As the edge begins to deteriorate, water will get under the blade and remain on the window. This results in poor visibility out the window. Any blade that is chattering or doing a poor job of wiping should be replaced. Also, if you notice the blade is cracked, torn, or has any other damage, you should have them replaced as soon as possible. An easy way to test your windshield wipers is to do so on a dry day. Turn on the windshield washer and if the wiper blades are not in good condition, there will be chattering or washer solvent left on the window. If there is any damage to the wiper blades, make sure to have them replaced so you are provided with the best vision possible.   Besides inspecting the windshield wipers, it is important to check the wiper fluid as well. Sometimes a nozzle may be plugged with dirt or debris. A hose may also become kinked or has come loose. While checking the fluid, make sure the spray hits the windshield where it should. If it does not, the nozzles may need to be adjusted. Also make sure the windshield washer pump delivers an adequate stream of solvent. If the stream is weak, the vehicle may have a weak washer pump. The hose may also be clogged, kinked, or loose. Another thing to look at is the windshield washer reservoir. Most have a screen to filter out debris that could clog or damage the pump. If the screen has become blocked by debris, it can obstruct the flow of solvent to the washers. If you notice anything out of the norm with your vehicle, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for you.