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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Wiper Blade Maintenance Can Protect Your Windshield

Cracks, chips and splits in car windshields are not uncommon. Sooner or later, it is bound to happen to every driver who logs a good deal of miles on the road. However, there are ways to prevent some of the need for car windshield repair and it all starts with the wiper blades. Here are some helpful tips from Charlotte Auto Glass Repair on how to maintain your wiper blades.

Keeping fresh wiper blades on your vehicle will help maintain the condition of your windshield. But time and weather are not the only factors that can wear down wiper blades. There are factors in the environment that can deteriorate wiper blades, such UV rays from the sun, oil, dust, sand and even bugs. 

 Neglecting a bad set of wiper blades will do its part to wear down your windshield. That could make it much easier for a random pebble to crack your windshield and call for a complete car windshield replacement. What happens when the blades wear thin is they do not make the correct contact with the automotive glass. This is often signified by a squeaking sound or streaks across the windshield, which also hamper a driver’s visibility. 

Common problems with wiper blades include a broken or rusted joint, and rips in the rubber part of the blade. New blades are recommended every six months, but if there is a problem sooner, adjust your timeline accordingly. 

There are also ways to take care of your wiper blades so that they do not quit on you early. Clean your windshield regularly, or every time you stop to fill up for gas.  Also, try not to use your wiper blades to clear ice off your windshield. This is often considered to be too rough of a task for wiper blades. It is also a good idea to lift your wiper blades up off your car before a snowfall. 

When it comes time to replace your wiper blades, not all kinds are created equal. There is the option of choosing rubber or silicone blades. Rubber blades do a better job of cleaning your windshield, although they do not last as long as the silicone variety. For a better chance of avoiding window glass repair, opt for the rubber blades.

Not every driver is going to be safe from a cracked windshield, but with Charlotte Auto Glass Repair just a call away every driver can be safe from high windshield replacement prices. Our company offers affordable rates along with top-quality service as North Carolina’s proven leader in auto window repair and replacement.