Windshield wiper blades are a no-fuss part of our vehicles. To a certain extent, they don’t require constant maintenance. It’s simple – you just replace them when they are no longer able to clear off your windshield. On average, you should replace them every 6-12 months. To extend their life, you should follow these best practices when it comes to windshield wipers:
- Clean them - You can easily clean the wipers with a wet cloth and rubbing alcohol. Go along the edges as dirt and grime can build up there over time. To keep your wipers in great condition, you should do this once a month or whenever you wash your car.
- Keep the windshield clean - When you are wiping the wipers down, don’t forget about the windshield too. A filthy surface can cause larger particles to cling onto the wipers.
- Run the defrosters first - During the winter, wipers tend to freeze. To avoid breakage, you should defrost your windscreen first before clearing it off with the wipers.
- Park out of the sun - The sun’s harmful UV rays can wreak havoc on your wiper, causing them to dry up quicker and crack. Whenever possible, try parking your car in the shade or in a covered garage.
- Never use them on a dry windshield - Your wipers are meant to clear off moisture. So running them on a dry surface will cause them to wear out soon or even damage them.
If you need your windshield wipers replaced or any other form of seasonal maintenance, please do not hesitate to reach out to Pickering’s Auto. At our Colorado auto repair shop in Arvada and Lakewood, we are always looking out for your safety.