FAQs—Ford Wiper Blade
- I am planning to change my Ford wiper blades in the coming days. Any advice on what should I get?
There are lots of choices when it comes to your replacement wiper blade needs. But, the choices can actually be narrowed down to three main styles: traditional, beam, and winter blades. Traditional wiper blade is the most common type and is mostly used as stock blades in vehicles. This blade has a flat metal framework and a metal strip with rubber surface that wipes the window. This is also the most affordable. On the other hand, the winter wiper blade is the better choice for when you deal with a lot of ice and snow. This blade is enclosed in a protective rubber shell and is less aerodynamic in appearance; however, this blade allow for less wear and tear caused by bad weather. The beam is the premium blade option and cost more but has longer life and a streamlined appearance. One part of this blade has an encased steel band, silicone and double-rubber materials that keep the wiper closely confirmed to the windshield.
- I have replaced my Ford wiper blade at least twice in the last 2 months. I know they are supposed to last longer than that. What might I be doing wrong?
Yes, your Ford wiper blades should have lasted at least 6 months as it is the recommended replacement intervals. But, there are several things that can shorten the service life of your windshield wiper blade. For example, geographical areas where it can get very hot or very cold are tough on the wiper blades. If there is snow on the windshield and you use your wipers right away, there is a risk of ruining the blades or even the entire wiper assembly. It is advisable to remove the snow and ice first before turning the wipers on. The condition of your vehicle's windshield also affects the life of the wiper blade. If there are chips and cracks on the glass, these could damage the blades.
- I noticed that the wiper blades of my Ford truck do not clear the windshield properly. My blades do not last as long as before and would cause me more headaches instead of helping me at ease when driving. What tips can you give me to avoid the same problems in the future?
Nicks in the rubber and bent brackets that hold the blades are among the most common causes of a windshield wiper that does not clear properly. Continued use of the wiper even with evident cracks and dings on the windshield would leave your wiper blades damaged. Hence, it is advisable to make sure that your windshields are always clear from debris that can damage the blades. You should also keep in mind that the wiper blades will harden over time and will have reduced efficiency. When the wiper blades become frozen to the windshield, avoid turning the wiper on at once. Spray it with windshield wiper fluid to defrost. This will avoid not only damage to the blade but to the wiper transmission linkage and other parts as well.
- I know I have to clean and maintain my vehicle's wiper blades but sometimes, I just don't have enough time to do them. Any quick cleaning tips?
Cleaning the wiper blades is actually not a very tedious task. You can do it by simply getting a clean rag and alcohol or even just alcohol wipes. Wipe the blades from the edges to remove any grime, debris and bits of loose rubber. This will help avoid nicks and bents on the blade. You should also wipe the windshield with alcohol to remove oil residue. Making sure that your windshield is free from chips and pits is a step towards prolonging the life of your wiper blades.
- What are the factors that can cause wiper blade wear and tear?
Road dirt and oil are two of the most obvious reasons why your vehicle's wiper blades get damaged. Freezing temperatures can ruin not just the blades but also the entire wiper assembly. Ozone, airborne contaminants and sunlight are other factors, albeit not very obvious, that can ruin your blades.