Don’t Get Caught in a Storm with Bad Wiper Blades

Published in Blog Monday, 17 July 2017 13:47
Wiper blades are perhaps the most overlooked aspect of your vehicle. They are, however, completely essential to remaining safe and sound on the road in a myriad of less-than-ideal driving conditions!
 
Even though it’s the middle of summer, stormy weather can still appear at a moment’s notice. Don’t leave yourself susceptible to poor visibility in rain, dust or other adverse conditions. Reaching out to mechanics in Sarasota, FL can help you get your wiper blades operating at their best in a very short amount of time.
 
Here are a few common questions that may arise in relation to replacing your vehicle’s wiper blades.

How do I know when it’s time to replace my blades?

Determining when to replace your blades can appear to be challenging, but a cursory examination of your wipers and their performance will alert you to any damage that your wiper blades may have sustained.

Your blades should be able to remove fluid easily from the surface of your windshield glass. To test this out, squirt some wiper fluid onto your windshield and engage the blades to remove the excess liquid. If there are streaks left over, or if your blades stutter or make a screeching sound while wiping, it is probably time to have them changed out.

What kind of replacement blades should I purchase?

Bracket blades are the most traditional type of windshield wipers. These devices use a metal frame to press the rubber blade against the glass over several points of contact. These blades tend to be cheaper, but are more vulnerable to damage from wintry conditions due to their bulky size and multiplicity of moving components.

Beam blade wipers, however, use a singular piece of curved metal that provides even pressure across the windshield’s glass surface. This results in a smaller, simpler profile, as well as a more even wipe.

Hybrid blades combine the frame setup of bracket blades with a sleek outer shell that is reminiscent of beam blades. These devices offer similar advantages to beam blades.

How do I replace my wiper blades?

To avoid damage to your vehicle, it’s always wise to defer any type of maintenance or service to qualified mechanics in Sarasota, FL. If you are replacing your blades at home, however, it is important to bear in mind that every vehicle make and model has a slightly different blade replacement procedure. Consulting with your owner’s manual can help save you time and effort, and reduces your risk of damaging the vehicle or your new blades.

Always replace your blades in pairs. Even if it appears that one blade is in better condition, it’s only a matter of time before the other also needs to be addressed.

Lowe’s Automotive Service, Inc. has been providing the areas in and around Sarasota, FL with high-caliber car repair for more than 30 years. If you think that your vehicle is in need of new windshield wiper blades, reach out to us today to see how our team of talented mechanics in Sarasota, FL can help select and install the perfect set of blades for your vehicle!

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