Few people enjoy streaking, especially when it’s the rain on your windshield. So if you have this problem, you may want to replace your windshield wipers. With fall here and winter rapidly on its way, now is a good time to make sure you have good visibility out there on the rainy roads.
It may seem like not using them all summer would mean they are just as good as they were at the end of the last rainy season. But the fact is, the sun works to deteriorate them. So does ozone, soap, heat and grime.
Fortunately there are many options to choose from, so here is some information to help you decide what’s best for you.
First, there is the standard black rubber windshield wipers we all grew up with. They work fine while they are in good condition, but do not last as long as the newer silicon wiper blades. Silicon stands up much better to the elements and could save you money in the long run. Especially if you wait too long and torn wiper blades begin to scratch your windshield.
When choosing your new wipers you have the option to get models with multiple blades or edges. This allows them to wipe more efficiently in both directions with each pass.
In addition to the blades, there are a few frame options to choose from. Traditionally, the frame has several contact points that press the blade against your windshield. Next is the beam frame. This version puts pressure along the whole length of the blade while the unique shape catches the wind, pressing more firmly against the windshield. And finally, there is a hybrid version that uses a combination of the traditional frame with a foil that catches the air and places more pressure along the blade.
Whichever version you choose, just make sure you get a blade that is at least as good as the one installed on your vehicle when it was manufactured. The better quality you choose, the better visibility you should have over the life of your new wiper blades.
If you are in need of new blades, the good news is they are relatively easy to replace yourself. If you are unsure of how to do this, or don’t know what type are best for you, give our shop a call. Leslie will be glad to take care of this for you.
By the way, don’t forget about your headlights. Yet another critical winter time visibility issue can be taken care of quickly and easily.
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Corvallis, OR 97330
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