You’ve just bought brand-new windshield wipers and you paid good money for them, so you want to get the best use out of your wipers. Here are some tips from Kryger than can extend the life of your new windshield wipers.
Keep Your Windshield Clean-
Make it a habit to clean your windshield – perhaps when filling up for gas. This removes dirt and debris that your wipers won’t have to clean later on and could make your blades last longer. Frequently use your washer or wiper fluid to rinse your windshield off.
Don’t De-Ice With Your Wipers Down-
Your windshield wipers are vulnerable in cold weather and it’s important to protect them. Put your wipers up when de-icing, so the scraper doesn’t scrape the rubber of the blades and tear or break them.
When you’re parked outside, stand your wipers up when there’s a chance of freezing or snow. Ice build up can damage and crack your wipers, rendering them useless.
Park Your Car In The Shade-
Parking in the shade isn’t always possible, but it can extend the life of your wiper blades. When your car sits in the sun, it bakes the rubber on your wipers; causing them to dry out and potentially crack. Brittle rubber on your blades will not be effective in clearing rain and debris from your windshield.
Clean Your Wipers-
Clean your blades monthly, or whenever you notice dirt buildup on your windshield wipers. This is usually done with hot, soapy water to wipe down the entire blade. To finish off, use a rubbing alcohol solution to wipe the edge of the blade. This will prolong the life of your blade.
Wiper fluid is also useful in keeping both your windshield and wipers clean.
If your windshield wipers are skipping, streaking, squeaking, or spitting, it’s time to invest in new wipers. Consult an expert at Kryger to see which blades are right for you, and help with installation.