Chevrolet Wiper Blade: Care and Maintenance
The only time most car owners think about their Chevrolet wiper blade is when it starts making noise while the wipers move across the windscreen or when a strip or rubber cracks or tears and dangles off as a loose piece. A worn-out blade will leave some parts of the windscreen unwiped or smeared as it no longer makes proper contact with the windscreen surface, leaving you with a dirty or blurry windshield that's not safe for driving. The blade can be ruined over time because of its exposure to harsh UV rays and heat and freezing temperatures. Road dirt and oil can also damage the material along with airborne debris. After some time, the blade will need to be replaced due to wear and tear. To enjoy a clean and clear windshield, especially during inclement weather, you have to keep the blades in good working condition. Here are some practical tips:
- Remember to check the blades.
From time to time, you also have to inspect the wiper blades to see if they're still working right. When checking the blades, see if there's any broken frame, metal corrosion at the joints and claws, visible cracks and tear, and missing strip in the rubber squeegee's edge. The rubber squeegee should be flexible such that it can be bent back and forth. A worn-out squeegee won't be able to easily conform to the shape of the windshield, which will create streaks in the process. See if there's anything that keeps the blade from making good contact with the windshield. You also have to check if the squeegee is secured to the frame or if the blade is still properly attached to the wiper arm. If the blades are already discolored or they seem worn out, replace them. You usually have to change blades at least once a year. Others recommend changing them every 6,000 miles or twice in a year.
Windshield wiper blades can collect dirt and grime underneath their edges or somewhere between the blade and the bracket. Dirt and grime can cause the rubber of the blade to deteriorate and break over time. Dirty blades can leave smears on the windscreen. You can prevent the dirt buildup by wiping the blades clean, preferably every time you fill the gas tank. You just have to run a damp cloth along the blades to remove oil or loose dirt.
Keep the blades well protected against extreme temperatures and other weather elements. Use some sort of rubber protectant or protective coat. Before you apply this, make sure that they're thoroughly clean. You can use white vinegar or alcohol to clean them well. With a clean cloth, dab some rubber protectant or any protective coat into the blades. This can be done every time you change the vehicle's oil.
- Don't use the wipers for de-icing the windshield.
Use a defroster or ice scraper to remove the ice buildup on the windshield. If you use the wipers, the blades may break because of the pressure or force. It'll also help if you'll pull away the blades from the windshield to prevent ice from building up on the rubber squeegee and to keep the blades from sticking to the windshield during the winter months.