Your Windshield Wipers – The Unsung Hero Of Car Functions
Your windshield wipers take a beating from the elements, yet you rely on them to help improve your visibility during dangerous conditions, and also to remove dirt and debris that may distract you from paying attention to the road ahead.
If properly maintained, they’ll help make sure you arrive at your destination and back in one piece. If you fail to pay them any attention, however, not only do they leave a mess behind, but they may also pose a safety hazard. Fortunately, there are quite a few things you can do to help maintain and care for your windshield wipers.
MAKE SURE THEY STAY CLEAN
This seems counterproductive, but it can be done. To maintain your windshield wiper blades, make sure your windshield stays clean.
Consider making it a habit to clean your windshield every time you fill up at the pump. Most gas stations provide a windshield cleaning solution and squeegee conveniently next to the gas pumps, yet hardly anyone ever pays attention.
The dirt and debris on your windshield not only wears down the rubber pieces on your wiper blades, but it can scratch your windshield if you allow the debris to become embedded in the blades. You should wipe the rubber squeegee part of the wiper blade frequently to help remove oils and grime that frequently collect there.
UPKEEP DURING THE WINTER
We may neglect to think about the windshield wipers until winter storm weather arrives, forcing us to acknowledge the wipers existence.
Knowing how to maintain your windshield wipers during thus season will not only help increase the longevity of your wipers but will also ensure maximum visibility during those months.
REPLACE THEM FREQUENTLY
No, we’re not talking about your underwear or socks. 🙂 Your windshield wipers will need to be replaced now and then too. In fact, most experts recommend replacing your windshield wipers every six months to a year. Maybe even sooner if they start to display signs that they need to be replaced. You’ll know when that time is, you may have even encountered the annoying chattering or squeak that occurs with worn out wiper blades.
If you ignore these signs, you’ll begin to notice the wiper blade skipping across the windshield instead of clearing the obstacle. This will leave the dirt and water on your windshield even after you’ve used the washer fluid to help aid in removal. Rather than ignore the signs and deal with the annoyance of ineffective wipers, make your way towards an auto parts store and find replacement wiper blades as soon as possible.
ONE LAST WORD
Maintaining your wiper blades doesn’t have to be an expensive or timely investment. The most important thing to do is ensure that the wiper blades remain clean as much as possible to avoid damaging the blades and your windshield.
Properly maintaining your wipers may seem petty, but when you’re spending less at the auto parts store for replacement wipers, you’ll appreciate the time you’ve invested towards proper upkeep.
During the early days of the automobile, it was difficult to start a car using a hand crank, and it was even harder to bring it to a halt once it had begun moving. Drivers relied on a block of wood to create friction on the wheels to stop a carriage. However, even though the lever system was capable, it was only effective when the carriage was moving slowly, approximately ten to twenty miles per hour. In 1890, the Michelin brothers introduced pneumatic rubber tires, and their idea came to replace the use of wood block for braking.
Here in the Valley Of The Sunwe mainly know “winter time” as simply “not quite as hot as summer”. Winterizing your car might not seem applicable. However, if you live up north, like the Flagstaff area, or you plan to travel in northern Arizona this winter, the following information may be of interest and importance to you. While today’s cars don’t require much extra maintenance to turn on in the coldest months, sometimes even with a remote starter from the warmth of your kitchen, there are still a few things that you can do to make sure that your automobile is in top shape this winter.