Windshield wipers are among the most underrated if not neglected parts of a vehicle. Apart from keeping your line of sight clear from obstruction, your wipers go through extreme temperatures so you can drive safely. They remove water, dirt and even ice with just one click of a button.
Wipers are some of the most hardworking parts of your vehicle, but they are actually just made of thin and flexible rubber. Rubber is not exactly the kind of material that can withstand extreme temperatures and still stand the test of time.
Choosing the Ideal Wiper Blades
There are three wiper blades styles: traditional, winter and flexible blades. However, manufacturers have a wide variety of takes on these three styles. Traditional wipers are the most affordable ones with sturdy metal frames and can almost flawlessly adhere to the windshield. However, traditional wipers are sensitive to strong winds and snow can easily build up on the frames.
Winter models, as the name suggests, are best for winter season. Their blades have special rubber shield to help reduce the buildup of snow and ice. When the summer heat comes, however, they must be removed. The flexible wiper blades costs more but they provide optimum efficiency through whatever weather. The wide range of choices might overwhelm you but the choice boils down to how it would fit your vehicle and your driving conditions.
How Long Do They Last?
Depending on the quality of the wiper and your driving conditions, the intervals of wiper blade service usually range from six months to a year. Ordinary rubber blades do not last very long. Silicone blades have the longest lifespan among all blades. The silicone blades usually exceed a year even when intensely used.
When to Change Them?
As mentioned, the lifespan of your wipers depends on your driving conditions and the quality of the material. Some wipers may last for a couple of years if used sparingly while others might last only for a few weeks. No matter how many months or years of service your wipers have endured, they will let you know when it’s time to retire.
If you see streaking when they wipe moisture from your windshield, when they start to squeak even when not dry, then it is time to replace them. If you fail to do so, the material of the blade can break loose from the wipers arm. Do not let this happen because it can cause damage to your vehicle’s windshield.
Written by the staff at KB Tire & Auto. KB Tire & Auto is the leading expert in auto repair Moberly MO has to offer.