I’ve found myself in the habit of pulling my windshield wiper blades up when I park my car over night or for extended lengths of time. Apparently I’ve been doing it all wrong!!
Here are some tips to save you a few buck this winter season!
Make sure the wipers are turned off. Sounds simple, right? But this is the number one cause of wiper system failures. Get into the habit no matter what the season – and give up the practice of leaving the wiper arms raised off the windshield to prevent the blades from freezing to the glass. In windy conditions, a wiper arm can snap down hard enough on the windshield to crack it, especially if the blade can swing on the end of the arm exposing the metal hook to the glass. A better idea is to sheath the wiper blades with a plastic bag and leave them in their normal position.
The second most common cause of wiper failures is letting snow and ice pack up at the bottom of the windshield. This can prevent the wipers from completing a cycle and will damage the linkages. When clearing the windshield before heading out, use the brush and your fingers (if needed) to dig out all that snow under the arms.