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Are Your Wipers on a Smear Campaign?

By February 8, 2010

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Is it time for a mid-winter wiper refresh? If you live in a snowy climate, you know how valuable your windshield wipers are. For those that don't have to deal with the white stuff much, let me explain. It's not so much that you need wipers to whisk away snowflakes as they land on your windshield. They tend to blow right past as you're cruising down the road. It's the salt, that darn salt! Don't get me wrong, I am very thankful for the work road crews put in to keep the roads from freezing over. But I still curse when I see it all over the windshield. That's why your wipers must be in top shape this time of year. Salt spray is impossible to see through once it covers your windshield, so you need to be sure your wipers can make a clean swipe across the windshield. It's a matter of safety, really. If your wipers are launching a smear campaign, install new wiper blades today.

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February 10, 2010 at 2:35 am
(1) Heavy duty trucks says:

A wiper generally consists of an arm, pivoting at one end and with a long rubber blade attached to the other. The blade is swung back and forth over the glass, pushing water from its surface. A windscreen wiper is a device used to wipe rain and dirt from a windscreen. Almost all motor vehicles, including trains, aircraft and watercraft, are equipped with windscreen wipers.

February 12, 2010 at 12:37 am
(2) Adam from NYC says:

Hi there from Adam in New York City.

There are other things that work whenever you are driving in inclement weather for extended periods. Prep your windshield by actually cleaning it. Any debris stuck on the windshield will end up in the wiper blade doing damage to it.

Invisible Glass is a great two step product that cleans the glass to where it is invisible in clear weather. Spray one time let it sit then wipe it off. Do it again.

Rain-X in the original yellow container is another misunderstood product that work greats when it is applied
properly. It is briefly “wax on wax off” on clean glass. When you drive the beads will roll off due to the wind.

In a pinch when it is starting to rain, just do this. Wipe the windshield dry first then start the wipers on intermittant. Do a line across the glass and let the wiper spread the Rain-X. After the white milkyness starts to fade, then drive.

February 18, 2010 at 1:03 pm
(3) Ford Mustang says:

Here’s a quick trick that the wiper companies don’t want you to know. when your wipers just start smearing, it’s not always the wiper that’s wearing out.

Its an accumulation of oil, exhaust fumes and other things that have attached themselves to your wiper and windshield. So get out the window cleaner and not only clean your windshield, also spray some onto a paper towel and wipe your wipers off.

Watch how much black gunk comes off and how much better the wipers work!

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