Wipers, for more than just rain!
Springtime is also the perfect time for you to inspect your vehicle.
Although installing our summer tires, having our oil changed, and washing our vehicle inside and out to erase all signs of winter is second nature, we often forget to check one important element: our wiper blades.
Wipers: The underrated star players
Wiper blades play a key role in ensuring the safety of drivers year-round. Whether you’re driving in pouring rain, on sticky snow or on a dirt road, good wipers will get rid of any debris and provide maximum visibility.
A pair of wiper blades should usually last about six to twelve months. It’s important to change them as soon as you notice they aren’t working as well as they should. Early signs of wear and tear:
- The rubber has split or cracked.
- They make noise when they glide across the windshield.
- They leave a greasy film, or even worse, streaks on the windshield.
- They no longer clean certain areas of the windshield.
- Visibility is reduced when it’s raining or snowing.
How to choose the right wipers
Some wiper models are specifically designed for Canadian winters. Winter wiper blades are usually covered in rubber, which prevents snow and ice from accumulating on the windshield. We recommend that you put them away for the summer so they don’t get worn out from the sun.
There are also flexible or hybrid wiper blades that can be used year-round, but these are usually a little more expensive.
A few tips to keep your wipers in perfect condition
Regular maintenance will help extend the useful life of your wiper blades.
A visual and tactile inspection must be done on a regular basis to quickly spot any signs of wear and tear.
- When filling up with gas, always do a quick inspection and clean the blades with the washer fluid from the gas station. You can also simply wipe the blades with a cloth.
- In the winter, so the blades don’t get damaged when they come into contact with the ice, it’s best to de-ice the windshield using a scraper rather than trying to get rid of the ice by using your wipers.
- Try to park your vehicle in the shade. Exposure to the sun can wear the rubber down, especially on winter wipers.
- Don’t use your wipers on a dry windshield. This puts unnecessary strain on the motor and can scratch or wear down the windshield. Don’t forget to fill your windshield washer reservoir because you never know when you’ll need it.
- In the winter, don’t forget to turn off your wipers if the forecast calls for precipitation the next day. This will help spare the wiper motor when you start your vehicle.
- Don’t drive with underperforming wipers. In case of heavy rain, you could be putting yourself at risk due to poor visibility.
How to change your wiper blades yourself
Before purchasing new wiper blades, it’s important to know the year, make and model of your vehicle. You must then measure the length of your current wiper blades.
CAREFUL: The wiper blades on the driver and passenger sides are not necessary the same length.
Step 1: Lift the arm and place the wiper horizontally.
Step 2: Press the stopper and unhook the blade to remove it.
Step 3: Insert the new wiper and snap it into place on the arm.
Step 4: Repeat the same steps for the second wiper.