Windshield Wiper Blade Care and Tips

Windshield Wiper Blades….. small but important!
Caring for and replacing windshield wiper blades is an easy thing to forget until you need them!
Neglect your windshield wiper blades and you may find yourself in hazardous weather situations with limited vision.
Especially during the summer, Floridians should inspect and/or replace their wiper blades in preparation for the Florida summer rain storms.

 ***The American Optometric Association reports that 90% of all driving decisions are based solely on visual cues.***

We suggest replacing them every other oil change or every 6 months.
When you bring your vehicle to us for an oil change we check your wiper blades and we always have ANCO blades in stock.
It is best to always replace both wiper blades at the same time from the same manufacturer and type of blade to ensure the best  performance and clarity.

Old or damaged wiper blades will not make good contact with your windshield and may skip, squeak, smear, streak or even crack your windshield.

photo from rainx.com


***Remembering to check your wiper blades regularly will maximize visibility, efficiency, and reliability.***

Wiper blades deteriorate due to many environmental factors including:

  • Sun: Ultraviolet light and ozone deterioration
  • Oil: Car waxes and exhaust hold rubber-deteriorating oil
  • Airborne debris: Sand, mud and dust carried in the wind
  • Moisture: Acid rain and salt water (in moist air both near the shore and inland)

Avoid common problems and extend the life of your wiper blades by following these simple steps:

  • Clean your windshield every time you fill your gas tank.
  • Gently wipe the rubber squeegee with a damp paper towel to remove any loose dirt or oil

Common Wiper Problems:

  • Streaking occurs when the rubber squeegee dries, hardens and cracks. It can also be caused by tree sap, road tar and other foreign substances collected on either the glass or the blade.
  • Skipping occurs when the blade develops a curvature from lack of use (e.g. left in the ‘parked position’ for an extended length of time).
  • Wearing occurs with extensive use and is when the rubber edges are rounded instead of squared.
  • Splitting is caused when the sun’s ultraviolet rays penetrate the rubber squeegee, causing it to breakdown and separate from the frame.
  • Bent Refill Vertebra and Bent Frames cause inconsistent contact with the glass surface, creating streaking or skipping.

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