Windshield Wipers and Seasonal Weather

New seasons are an ideal time to check your wiper blades

It's a no-brainer that a clear windshield constitutes safer driving. You depend on your windshield wipers to clear your windshield in the rain, sleet, or snow, but most drivers don't replace them until they encounter a situation where they need them. Maintaining wiper blades often will prevent the squeaking, streaking, and smudging of old wiper blades.

Wiper blades don't last forever; here are some environmental factors that deteriorate your wiper blades over time:

  • Sun: Ultraviolet light and ozone deterioration.
  • Oil: Car waxes and exhaust hold rubber-deteriorating oil.
  • Airborne debris: Sand, mud, and dust carried in the wind.
  • Moisture: Acid rain and salt water (in moist air both near the shore and inland)

Checking your blades semiannually and wiper blade replacement every year will keep your driving experience a visible and safe one.


These are the most common wiper problems:

  • Streaking happens when the rubber on your wiper blades dries and hardens.
  • Skipping will eventually happen once your old wiper blades become misshapen.
  • Splitting is common when the sun breaks down the rubber content in your blades. Extreme weather changes causing the rubber to expand and contract rapidly can also cause splitting, this is why a winter wiper checkup is important.

To maximize the life of your windshield wipers, follow these simple steps:

  • Keep your windshield clean. A quick wipe with a squeegee every time you fill gas is ideal.
  • Remove any loose dirt or mud from your wiper blades after heavy rain.
  • Don't use your wipers to scrape off ice from your windshield.
  • Always pull your wipers away from your windshield in winter months to prevent the rubber from freezing onto the windshield.

Contact us online if you have any questions about maintenance or proper wiper blade replacement. Our Service Department is willing to help with any questions you might have. Be sure to come by and see us at 388 Goodpasture Island Rd. Eugene, Oregon 97401.


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