Windshield wipers

March 1, 2018

Have Good Visibility by Clearing the Windshield

  Keeping the temperature comfortable inside your car may mean battling foggy windows. In order to reduce or eliminate the fog or condensation, you should try to adjust the temperature on the inside of the car to match the outside temperature as closely as possible. The reason for foggy windows has to do with temperature and the air’s moisture content. On a cold day, any moisture in the air inside your car, from passengers exhaling, snow on your boots, turns to condensation when it hits air next to the windows that’s below a certain temperature, called the dew point. The condensation is what makes your car’s windows appear foggy. No matter if the fog is on the inside or the outside of your windows, any time you cannot see clearly in all directions, it is potentially dangerous. So, it’s important to know how to make sure all the windows are clear. When you’re dealing with cold weather outside and you turn on the heater inside your car, the fog typically will start to form on the inside of your car windows. To help defog the windows, turn the heat on its maximum setting, because hot air can hold more moisture. Then, turn the air conditioner on, which will pull the moisture from the air as it passes over the cooling coils. Finally, turn off the re circulation button so colder, dryer air is brought into the car. If possible, crack your windows for a couple minutes to help exchange the humid interior air for dryer outside air. It is recommended to those who want to be warm while driving to turn on the defroster and blow warm air across the windshield to evaporate the accumulating moisture. If your vehicle’s ventilation system has a recirculate feature, turn it off. When this feature is on, your car’s heat reuses the air inside the car instead of continually pulling in air from outside. Use your windshield wipers. This will help get rid of the condensation until you’ve balanced out the temperature. It will keep snow, ice, or frost from forming on the windshield, and impairing your vision. Trying to see through fogged-up windows can be a driving hazard. So make sure the windows are completely cleared before you drive.  
December 4, 2017

Windshield Wiper Inspections are Needed

  One of the most neglected components on a vehicle are the wiper blades. Many blades are cracked, torn, split, or brittle. If the windshield wiper blades look like this, they should be replace as soon as possible. This is because they can no longer be efficient at clearing away the windshield. It is necessary to clear off any water, road debris, sleet, and snow from the windshield. Cold weather can affect the life of the windshield blades. Freezing temperatures can make the rubber portion of the blades hard and brittle. This can increase the likelihood that they will crack or split. The holders can also become clogged with ice and snow. This prevents the holder from distributing spring tension evenly over the blade. It can cause the blades to freeze up and leave streaks as it moves across the glass. Heavy usage of the windshield wiper blades can be hard on them as well. It can result in the blades wearing down and needing to be replaced. Anytime you notice the windshield wipers not being effective, they should be replaced as soon as possible.   The windshield wipers may need to be replaced if you notice a poor condition of the wiper arms and holders. This could allow sloppy wipers that will not effectively clear away the windshield. If you notice any issues with how the wipers are working, make sure to bring your vehicle in. We can inspect the windshield wipers to make sure they are in good condition and effective at cleaning the windshield of your vehicle.   Also remember to have windshield washer fluid in your vehicle, incase you need to add some to the reservoir. Without washer fluid, the wipers will not be able to efficient remove road grime and precipitation on the window. Also remember to bring the vehicle in at any issue you start to notice with the wipers. By having the wipers inspected, you can improve the visibility when you drive.
September 20, 2017

Checking the Windshield Wipers Regularly

  One of the first things you should check is the windshield. It should be free of any cracks, divots, or and other damage. If it needs to be replaced, this should be done as soon as you can. Having the best quality windshield will help improve the safety of your driving. Also make sure to inspect the windshield wipers on the vehicle. They should also be in good condition. If there is any damage to them, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can. Noticing an issue with them is another indication that a new set of windshield wipers would be needed.     The windshield wipers should also be inspected on a regular basis. If you notice that they operate poorly or are less effective, make sure to have them replaced as soon as you can. Windshield wipers are inexpensive, so they should be replaced at any sign that they are no longer efficient. Ways to notice an issue is any smear or smudge marks they leave behind as they operate. This could indicate that there are rips or tears on the wiper blades. This would cause less effectiveness when they operate. Also be aware of any vibrations or chattering you might notice from the wipers. This could mean that the arm is bent as well.     When you check the windshield wipers, also check the wiper fluid. This fluid is important because it works together with the windshield wipers to remove any dirt or road grime that might be on the windshield. This should be topped off on a regular basis, as well as before any long road trip you may take. This can help to improve safe driving. If you notice an issue with the wipers and how they clear the windshield, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
January 31, 2017

Improve the Visibility out of the Windshield

When you drive you will want to make sure the vehicle is in the best condition possible. You will want to make sure that you bring the vehicle in for regular maintenance inspections. One part that we can inspect is the windshield. The windshield, for many drivers, is the most used item of their entire automobile. It is also one of the biggest parts of keeping drivers safe on the road. It is all that stands between drivers and the open road. Most blades are not hard to snap off and replace, nor are they expensive. An inspection of the wiper blades also is easy, simply run your hand and your eyes on one at a time and feel along for holes in the edge or torn pieces of rubber that could render the windshield wiper ineffective. If it leaves significant streaks or does not appear to be hugging the contour of the glass, than it might be time to look into a replacement wiper blade. One item that goes along with the windshield and the windshield wiper blades is the washer fluid that will help them clean. Often green or turquoise, this fluid is one of the ones that should be checked before any likely adventure in the rain or in questionable weather. Windshield washer fluid keeps bugs from impeding your vision as a driver, and thus allows you better vision of the road and better planning when obstacles come up. In the event that the unthinkable does happen though, and your windshield does require repair or replacement, there are many options available and some of them do not even require a direct fee. If you have full coverage of your vehicle, most of the time little cracks and even possibly big ones are entirely covered by the insurance. It is recommended to have the windshield replaced as soon as you start to notice damage or issues to it. Cracks and divots can impair your vision. This may allow you to not see an object in the road ahead. Cracks and chips will typically grow and get larger as time passes. There can be repairs to the windshield if the chip is small enough and caught early. If you notice any issues, make sure to contact us and we can inspect the windshield for you.