Editor’s Note: This is the first in a new weekly series on the Waikem blog covering service tips from our Fixed Ops Director David Sams. This week David talks about the importance of good wiper blades.
David Sams’ Tip of the Week: Maintain Your Wiper Blades
What is the worst thing to discover when it starts to rain? Your wipers don’t clear the windshield. Several things to consider:
- Check the condition of the blades. New blades are inexpensive insurance against avoidable collisions due to being unable to see in traffic. Changing them 2 times a year (spring & summer) is advisable, but no less than once a year.
- Clean the windshield with an ammonia based cleaner or equivalent to remove road grime, oil and road tar residue and prolong the life of your wiper blades.
- Make sure your washer tank is filled with winter washer fluid. Winter protects against freezing and the higher solvents in the mix will help clean your windshield better.
- There are several windshield products available that will help the rain to bead up and sweep away clean by the wipers. At higher speeds, the wipers can run at lower speeds since much of the water blows off the windshield rather than spreading out making it easier to see and prolonging the life of the wipers. It also aids in the winter by making it easier for the ice or snow to slide off when the defroster is running due in part to the slippery surface. The coating does need to be reapplied on occasion and you may have to remove a very slight film with alcohol after a couple of applications. The products are readily available in local parts stores.
- Have any rock chips repaired as soon as they appear. This will prevent future spreading of the chip so it does not become a crack. Many times your insurance will pay for it at no charge to you.
I hope this helps you to have miles of safe motoring and a clear view of the road ahead!