How to Choose Your Windshield Wipers

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We’ve all been there: Driving along a highway when suddenly a rainstorm descends. We quickly click on our windshield wipers only to discover that, rather than clearing the windshield, a blur of water and filth trails the blades. Windshield wipers are an important safety feature often overlooked until we are caught in a late afternoon shower.

Sunlight slowly breaks down the rubber while debris, road grime and dirt grinds down wipers. In addition to causing poor visibility, a worn out wiper can potentially begin scratching your windshield.

You should periodically inspect the wipers by pulling each wiper arm from the windshield in order to run your finger along the rubber edge. Chipped or rigid rubber is a sign that you need to purchase new wipers.

However, if the wipers don’t effectively clear the windshield but are in good physical condition, the simple solution could just be to clean them. Clean debris off the rubber edges with a rag or sponge topped with mild dish soap. When inspecting your wipers, don’t forget to check the rear wiper if your vehicle is equipped with one.

The average wiper will most likely need to be replaced about every six months. But if replacing one, you should probably go ahead and replace both because the other is most likely worn out as well.

There are a wide variety of brands and sizes of windshield wipers from which to choose. The two main types are beam blades and conventional wiper blades. Conventional wipers feature a spring-tensioned frame bridge that holds a replaceable rubber blade, whereas beam blades don’t have external frames, therefore give more uniform pressure and increased wiper performance.

Drop on by Advanced Computer Automotive for assistance in picking out the wipers that are the best fit for your vehicle needs.