Windshield Wipers Not Working? Here’s What to Do
It’s so frustrating when the weather turns bad, and you suddenly discover your windshield wipers not working right. Instead of clearing the rain and snow off your windshield, they’re just spreading it around into a gross, smeary, streaky mess. What can you do when this happens? Well, the most obvious answer is to replace your wipers with new ones if they’re old and worn out. But what if you know they’re not that old, but they’re still not functioning as well as they should? There’s actually a lot you can do about it. These tips and tricks will help you keep your windshield wipers in top shape through the coming winter months.
Clean the Wipers
This might sound weird, but it works. As your wipers wear down, that worn-off rubber can collect on the scraping edge and make it duller. This won’t work if they’re already so worn down they need replacing, but you can actually make your wiper blades last a lot longer by occasionally cleaning this crud off them with a wet cloth or paper towel. Try this if you’re getting a lot of smearing.
Check for Ice Jams
If it’s winter and you’re getting a big dead spot on your windshield where the wipers just aren’t reaching, make sure you remove any ice crusted onto the wiper above the blade. It’s easy to miss when scraping off your car if you’re in a rush, but ice buildup here can mess the wipers up badly.
Maintain your Windshield
It’s harder to keep your windshield clean in the winter, but if it’s always covered in dirt and grit, your wiper blades will have to work a lot harder and wear out much faster. We suggest taking advantage of the window cleaning stations at gas stations and doing a quick wipedown when you fill up your vehicle. Also, the normal wear and tear on your windshield over time can start to have the same kind of roughening effect as dirt. If you have an older vehicle, applying a protective coating like Rain-X to your windshield can make a huge difference. It’ll make water slide off more easily, and it’ll smooth out the surface to cut down the wear on your wiper blades.