Why You Should Invest In A New Pair Of Wiper Blades

Your vehicle’s wiper blades are getting a workout as winter storms rage across North America--from ice storms in the Sierra mountains and Atlantic Coast to hurricanes in the southeast.

“Inexpensive all-rubber blades get really stiff in cold weather and you start to get chattering and noise since they can’t flow across the contour of your windshield,” said Jeffrey Ross, product management supervisor at Continental Automotive.

Exposure to summer sun leaches resins out of blades and makes them brittle. Other signs of worn out blades include rubbing, scraping, vibration and gaps as the arm passes across the windshield.

People who live in snowy climates should consider “winter blades.” They are designed with coverings to protect the wiper assembly and sweep away snow accumulation.

Some suggestions on selecting the right blades:

  • Replace blades if they are rubbing, scratching, smearing, streaks or chattering sounds.
  • Use “winter” blades if you live in areas with snow and frost.
  • Check the number of pressure points for windshield clearing.
  • Avoid blades that contain numerous metal extensions that can cause the assembly to lift off of windshields in heavy wind.