What’s Going on with My Windshield Wipers?

13th Sep 2014

Your vehicle’s windshield wipers are probably not something you think about every day. In fact, you likely NEVER give them a single thought, until they start acting up. In a perfect world, your vehicle is equipped with high quality, durable windshield wipers (like Everblades!) that rarely need attention. Or you know exactly when you need to replace your wipers, to prevent potential problems in the middle of a rain or snow storm. But that’s rarely the case!

When you do notice a problem with your windshield wipers, it’s important to take care of it as soon as possible to prevent further wear or damage to your windshield. Sometimes, it can be as simple as cleaning the wiper blades, or replacing them because they are deteriorated. Here are the 3 most common windshield wiper problems, and the solutions.

1.Squeaking Windshield Wipers

Squeaking windshield wipers may be a sign that you need to replace your windshield wipers. Or it can mean that there is dirt and grime built up, preventing a smooth slide over the windshield. It’s best to start with a thorough cleaning of your windshield and the wiper blades. Clean each with a soft cloth, and be sure to top off your windshield washer fluid.

You may have heard that using a lubricating product, like WD40, will get rid of the squeaking. Don’t use this as a quick fix! This could be harmful to the blades, and is not a good solution. If, after a good cleaning, your wiper blades are still squeaking against the windshield, it is time for a replacement. If you are already using Everblades Heated Windshield Wipers, you can order a refill kit, right from our website. And if you aren’t, now would be a great time to upgrade!

2.Vibrating Wiper Blades

Vibrating wiper blades making a chattering noise as they move across the windshield can be one of the most annoying things to a driver. These little annoyances can actually be dangerous, as it can draw your attention off the road and distract you. It’s best to pull over to safe spot, and inspect your wiper blades.

The vibrations could be caused by something as simple as a dry windshield. When the wiper blades jitter against the glass, they may not be getting the moisture they need for a smooth slide. This is another reason it’s important to keep your windshield washer fluid full and ready.

If spraying the windshield doesn’t help, check for deterioration. The wiper blades could be losing flexibility as they become brittle with age and from the natural elements they are exposed to. There’s also a chance that the windshield wipers are not mounted properly; the assembly may be too tight or loose and in need of adjustment.

3.Windshield Wipers Stuck in the Up Position

Your windshield wipers seem to be working great, until it stops raining and you shut them off. Instead of settling at the bottom of your windshield, they remain in the middle, right in your line of sight. This can be not only annoying, but potentially dangerous.

This may be a windshield wiper problem you can fix yourself, if you are mechanically inclined. It could be that the parking cam isn’t working properly, there is a problem in the windshield wiper transmission, or the wiper motor may be failing. See the video below for tips on how to fix this problem yourself, or take your vehicle to a shop to have the windshield wiper motor checked and replaced. Be prepared that this could be a couple hundred dollar repair, but it’s important that your windshield wipers work properly.

Everblades Wiper Blades – Free of Ice and Snow for Better Visibility

If you are noticing problems with your standard wiper blades this fall, now is a great time to upgrade to Everblades Heated Windshield Wiper system. Ensure that you have the best visibility possible this winter with our heated blades that prevent snow and ice from building up on your wipers. Everblades produces a windshield wiper you can count on, backed by a 100% guarantee! See clearly this winter with Everblades!

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