Maximizing Your Windshield Wiper’s Lifespan

November 15th, 2012 by

Windshield Wipers in RainWindshield wipers are an important part of car safety during the rainy and snowy seasons. Far too many people are too hard on their wipers and cause them to get damaged and imperil their driving. You should replace your wipers every six months or every 6,000 miles, but many people can’t even get them to last that long. Follow these tips to maximize the life of your windshield wipers.

Avoid Direct Sunlight

The sun is the most powerful source of energy and heat in the solar system. You may not realize it, but the light and heat from the sun can actually seriously damage your wipers. Not only does the sun damage the wipers but ozone, airborne contaminants and dirt can also seriously damage them simply by being exposed to the wipers. Try to keep your car out of direct exposure to such elements.

Keep Them Warm

Excessive cold can also play a role in harming your wiper blades. Very cold, freezing temperatures makes your wiper blades hard and brittle and liable to crack. Hotter weather can cause the rubber to warp. Avoid excessive temperatures by keeping your car parked in a garage. The heat will be harder to avoid but you can craft windshield wiper shields to keep them warm during the winter. Just make sure to take them off before you drive!

Check Your Wiper Claws

The claws that hold your wiper blade to the wiper arm are very important because they keep the pressure on the blade even. Unevenly spread pressure on the arm can cause it to miss spots or warp. Regularly check your wiper claws to make sure they are properly attached to the blade. They should easily snap back in without much pressure or effort.

Minimize Wiper Use

The best way to keep your wipers long lasting is to use them only when necessary. Using your blades on full speed during drizzle conditions wears down the blades and the arms on conditions that are not serious. It can also cause scuffing on the rubber as it rubs against dry glass or even marks on your glass. Only use your wipers when absolutely unavoidable.