The time to find out that you need more wiper fluid or a fresh set of blades is not during a downpour or when you’ve splashed mud on the windshield.
Unfortunately, most of us won’t find out we need these things replenished or replaced until we need them. When that happens, you have two choices, one of which is bad. You can either risk an accident and slow roll your way through the storm or pull over to the side and wait it out. While you’re waiting out the storm, get on your favorite shopping app and order a new set of wiper blades for your vehicle.
Do You have a Problem with Streaking?
No, we’re not talking about the kind of streaking that can get you arrested. If you have a problem with that, we can’t help you. If your wiper blades tend to leave streaks on your windshield when you use them, you’ve got a streaking problem that should be fixed. Even if you clean your windshield often, you’re likely to get streaks sometimes. You can do something to fix this problem and end the streaking problem you’re having.
You Have a Couple of Options to Clean Your Blades
Before replacing your wiper blades, you need to see if they are still good. It’s possible the blades only need to be cleaned and not replaced. Typically, it would be best to replace your wipers twice a year. Most experts tell you to do this in the spring and the fall. If you can’t remember the last time you replaced yours, it’s probably time to do so.
When it comes to cleaning the blades, the process is relatively simple. Rub your fingers down the blade. You’ll probably feel some build-up from the weather and use. Use a bit of rubbing alcohol or glass cleaner on a light-colored soft cloth to clean the blades. All you need to do is stroke these materials down the length of the wipers a few times, and you’ll have a set of clean wipers to use.
A good rule of thumb is to do this every time you wash or car.
How do You Replace your Wiper Blades?
There are three basic mount styles for windshield wipers; you need to know which one your vehicle has to replace them properly. Where you buy your new wipers typically has a guidebook or kiosk you can use to help you find the suitable blades for your vehicle. This makes the job much easier for you.
After purchasing the new wipers, please read the instructions and install them correctly. Some manufacturers make blades that fit various vehicles and include adapters to ensure the wipers will fit different models. Once you’ve read the instructions, remove your old blades from your car. Pay close attention to how the old models came off so that you can put the new ones on more easily.
Can you Replace Just the Blade Part?
Sometimes, the cheapest way to do something isn’t the best way. That’s often the case. You can buy the blades for your wipers without the attached arms and clips needed to replace an entire wiper assembly, but it’s probably a bad idea. Unless you’re experienced in replacing only the blade part, you shouldn’t do it. Often, this can be a complicated process, and the first time you use your wipers, the blades will fly off into traffic, and you won’t have wipers on your car. Replace the entire assembly and save yourself this headache.
When you Change Your Wipers, Clean Your Windshield
It takes time, but you should clean your windshield using a razor blade and proper window cleaning fluid when you change your wiper blades. Hold the razor at a 30-degree angle and shave the glass to remove debris you probably didn’t realize was on your windshield. Doing this will help your new wipers last longer and give you a clear view of the road through the front, making it easy to have the visibility you need out on the road.
Washer Fluid, You Need Washer Fluid
You should never use plain water in your windshield water fluid reservoir. There are several specially-made products that you can put in this area to help you keep the windshield clean and clear during a drive. If you’re changing your wiper blades for the wintertime, select a solution that’s right for winter and fill up the reservoir. This will give you the deicer solution to help you get the ice and snow off your windshield when you head out on a frosty and cold morning.
A Pin or Paperclip is an Amazing Tool
If you’re checking to see where your washer jets are pointed and whether or not you have a clear stream coming out, you need either a pin or a paperclip. Whichever item you choose will make the next part of this job more manageable. Using the pin or paperclip, poke the item into the washer jet and redirect the aim where you need it on the windshield. These items are also helpful if your jets are clogged with wax from washing and washing your car regularly. Next time you decide to wax your vehicle, put some tape over the jets to ensure they don’t get clogged.
Visibility is Key to Safe Driving, Care for Your Wipers and Fluid
Your car’s windshield washer fluid and wiper blades have a thankless job. They do nothing more than providing better visibility when something is on your windshield. That’s an essential job and one you shouldn’t take lightly. Spend a few dollars and a little time to ensure your wipers are fresh, your windshield is clean, and your washer fluid reservoir is full, and you’ll be glad you did when the foul weather arrives. Stay safe on the road and use these items to help you see where you’re going.