If you’re like most drivers, then you probably don’t give two thoughts to your windshield wipers. However, if you’ve ever been caught in a rain or snow storm or splashed with mud or sludge and found out that your blade is bad, you know just how important they can be.
The first windshield wipers were invented over a hundred years ago and were manually powered. A small lever mounted inside the vehicle made the wipers move. It wasn’t until the electric motor was invented in 1917 that windshield wipers became standard equipment on all automobiles. Eventually, systems were invented for spraying cleaning fluid on your windshield while the blades were moving, and the modern setup for windshield cleaning was born.
Visibility is the Key
The main thing that windshield wipers do is allow drivers to see. Most drivers have experiences turning on their wipers only to notice that part of the rubber on the blade was cracked or missing. This is usually followed by a terrible screeching sound as the metal of the blade arm scrapes across the glass. If part of your blade is damaged or missing, then it leaves streaks and areas of the windshield that don’t get cleaned properly making it harder to see.
Regular maintenance on your wipers is an essential part of extending your windshields life. If the rubber is missing or damaged, then metal is being dragged across the glass. This leads to scratches and divots that must be repaired. If they aren’t then cracks and spider webs can form.
It’s also important to clean off the blades and blade housings. If debris becomes lodged in the housings, then your blades could drag sharp objects across the windshield. The same can happen if sharp objects become lodged in the rubber.
Luckily changing your wiper blades is a synch. The friendly professionals at West Loop Mitsubishi are even offering a windshield wiper special right now. Come in today and have your wipers changed and fluids filler. Your windshield will thank you.