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Wipers

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Mary Anderson invented the Windshield Wiper in 1902 and it has lasted through to our modern day vehicles.

Wipers are one of those items that are most neglected, however reduced visibility is a major contributor to accidents, therefore I have given wipers their own page.

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Wiper Considerations:

Signs to replace wipers:

  • Streaking - Lines left after a wipe.

  • Skipping - Leaving areas of water on the glass.

  • Juddering - Vibration, squeaking or chattering sounds.

Factors degrading wipers:

  • Grime - Do not use wipers to clean windows, which will scratch the glass and wear away the blade surface.

  • Sunlight - Cause the rubber to become brittle.

  • Moisture - Acid rain and salt water.

  • Freezing temperatures - Causes cracking of hardened rubber.

  • Heavy use - Mechanical wear.

  • Time - Even with care, will degrade over time.

Wiper Maintenance:

  • Only use wipers to clear water, not to clean windshield.

  • Don't run on a dry windshield.

  • Clean the squeegee of any debris whenever you wash the car.

  • Icy Conditions:

  •       Don't use wipers to de-ice the windshield.

  •       Pull wipers from windshield overnight to prevent ice build        up and rubber from sticking to glass.

  •       Try to park undercover.

  • Sun:

  •       Try to park in shade.

  •       UV rays are very damaging to rubber, making them brittle.

Safety Equipment Wipers

How long do car wipers last?

The lifespan of car wipers can vary depending on several factors, including the quality of the wiper blades, the climate in which the vehicle is driven, and the frequency of use. On average, wiper blades tend to last approximately six months to one year. However, some higher-quality blades can last up to two years or more.

It's important to note that wiper blades will gradually deteriorate over time due to exposure to the elements, including sunlight, heat, cold, and moisture. The rubber component of the wiper blade can become worn, cracked, or hardened, leading to reduced effectiveness in clearing the windshield.

Regular inspection of the wiper blades is recommended to check for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice streaks, smearing, or areas of the windshield not being properly cleared during operation, it's likely time to replace the wiper blades. Additionally, if the rubber edge of the blades appears worn, torn, or frayed, replacement is necessary.

It's a good practice to replace both wiper blades at the same time, even if one seems to be in better condition than the other. This ensures consistent performance and optimal visibility while driving in various weather conditions.

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