Windscreen wiper is a device used to keep a vehicle’s front window (windscreen) clear from any visual obstacle mostly including rain, snow, ice, and debris. Almost every automobile (cars, trucks, buses, trains, and even some aircrafts) is legally bound to be equipped with such wipers except the unmanned or bot-driven cars as they are equipped with high tech gadgets to view.
The wipers have different geometries depending upon the shape of windscreen and/or models of automobiles. Generally, a wiper assembly includes a metal arm with a long rubber blade. The arm comes with a servo motor. The blade moves back and forth over the windscreen pushing off the fluids from the windscreen surface and keeping the visibility clear.
Windscreen wipers can make your journey extremely annoying or even devastating. The problem can aggravate in extreme weathers, where you cannot get quick replacements or DIY. Rain or shine, the windscreen wipers must be up tight for keeping you on the wheels any time.
What problems can occur with your widescreen wipers?
The squeaky wind screen wiper can ruin your date, streaking and skipping can make you miss your point, and the worst of all it can damage your wind screen.
The average life of a wind screen wiper is not more than a year. The life of a wiper depends on quality or brand of wiper and weather conditions. The moment you find your wiper squeaking, streaking, skipping, and/or damaging your windscreen, you need a replacement.
The step wise signs of wind screen wiper’s damage include squeaking, streaking, skipping, and finally visual damage.
The squeaking or scratching of the wipers shows that your wipers have worn out. The blades can be tightened, loosened or refitted depending upon the causes of this defect. The streaking involves missing dust particles, debris, or snow already laying there. An easy way to get rid of such problem is washing the wind screen thoroughly preferably with a detergent. After washing or removal of debris the wind screen wiper must clear the wind screen effortlessly.
The basic purpose of wind screen wipers is to clear the fluid that has fallen on the screen. Skipping the fluid means that your wipers are dry due to hot weather or direct sun at the place where you are parking. In a cold or rainy weather, if it is skipping, the replacement is due.
The last stage of a windscreen wiper is visual damage. The rubber part of your wiper has splits, cracks, or some time even bends. This fault not only affects the performance of the wipers but also your wind screen. At this stage the wipers must be replaced to avoid windscreen damage and save a lot of money.
The windscreen wiper needs attention on weekly basis. Ideally, try to make a habit of checking when you start your car. Also don’t forget to check your rear wiper which is mostly neglected.
Specific care for widescreen wipers
An effortless procedure of taking care of the windscreen wipers includes but not limited to;
- Regular wiper cleanup
- Regular windscreen cleanup
- Always keep washer water topped-up
- Use detergent or alcohol in water washer
- Never use wipers to get rid of snow or ice
- Always but better quality wipers
- Always park in shade especially when you are parking at extended periods
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