Information - Window Wipers

Wiper blades are considered the main component of the windshield cleaning. The blades clean the windshield from dirt and water and this ensures excellent visibility at all times and under all weather conditions. Standard wipers consist of several elements: wiper blades, pressure rocker and carrier mounting system. In frameless wipers there are no rockers, as here it is used spring pressing system.

The main sign that the blades no longer fulfil their function is scant water punching by the edge of the blade. As a result, water remains on the windshield. This complicates filed of view. Bad pressing of the blade edge against the windscreen can be caused by weakening of the blade carrier springs and wiper blade strip edge wear.

Moreover, when the working edge of the blade incorrectly fits the window surface, sand accumulates there. This worsens the overview of the road and scratches the window. This wrong fitting of blades can be caused by an excessive bending of the windshield. In other words, the central, flatter part of the windshield is well cleaned, but on extreme, strongly curved sections of the windshield, the frame of the blade is not enough bent and is no longer pressed against some sections of the windshield. As a conclusion we can say that the high quality blades provide excellent visibility in different weather conditions during the year.

Do not forget also that the wiper blades is a consumable material and from time to time they must be replaced. Keep in mind that window wipers are the part of your safety. In our online shop you can buy any wiper blades - summer or winter, framed and frameless. Moreover, here you can order windscreen wipers, rubber or wiper arm.

What is necessary to know about wiper blades replacement: lifetime limits, common defects and their signs, tips and recommendations

The wiper blades serve, on average, one year. The parts are replaced in case of elasticity loss, or if rubber strip wears out. Moreover, replacement is needed if the bracket is damaged (for bracket-type wiper blades), or if the metal plate in beam-type wiper blades is corroded.

Defect of the parts can be noticed by stripes, streaks, or uncleaned areas left on the windshield after using wipers, or lowered visibility, screeching and jerks of the blades when they move.

Diagnostics of the component comprises its thorough visual inspection. At first, working edge of the rubber should be inspected. If it is worn-out, cracks and tears appear on it and part replacement is necessary. Also you need to inspect the plastic casing, cover or bracket of the component, depending on its type. It should have no mechanical damages or corrosion. Moreover, you should turn on the windshield cleaner and watch the wipers move. If they are not synchronised, the cause may lie in damaged fasteners.

In order to replace the wiper blade kit you need to move aside the metal arm, on which the parts are mounted, from the windshield. You must be careful while doing this, because if you lift the spring-loaded arm not to the stop, it can sharply return to the initial position and damage the windshield. Then, remove the wiper blade itself. The sequence of steps depends on the wiper blade fastening type used. After this, install a new part and return the arm of the wiper blade to the initial position.

Important advices for our customers

How to define the size of wiper blades?

In order to define the size of your car wiper blades, learn technical documentation of the vehicle: the manufacturer always specify acceptable parameters of components. It is not recommended to install parts of different sizes. Too long blades clean the windshield insufficiently due to decrease of their hold-down, and may brush against seals, each other or the door edge; too short ones remove dirt and moisture not from all work surface. It is usually noted on the components package with which car models they are compatible. To define the size of wiper blades of your car, you can measure their length with the help of a measuring tape or a ruler. Take into account that measuring should be performed for front and rear windshield wiper blades separately, because their sizes may be significantly different.

How to remove windshield wiper blades?

It is easy to remove and replace windshield wipers using your own efforts. To do so, you need to move away the wiper arm from the windshield and turn it a bit. Then you should release the fixator, which is mounted in the center of the component, and disengage it from the arm. The construction of traditional wipers allows to replace a rubber part only. To do so, you need to unbend metal brackets, move out the cleaning elements and install a new one to its place. In beam wipers, rubber replacement is more complicated, so it is performed much less often. Removal of rear wiper is performed in the same way. At the appearance of more serious defects, such as breakdown of the motor, linkage assembly or switcher, it is better to apply for help to specialists, because such replacement procedure is quite laborious. More detailed information you can find in tutorial videos on YouTube.

Which wiper blades should be bought for a cold season?

Nowadays, car owners can buy windshield wiper blades of the next types:

  • Winter traditional. They have frame, encased in the rubber or plastic cover. They are cheap, well withstand low temperature, but during driving at high speed, their aerodynamic characteristics become worsen, so they insufficiently adhere to a windshield surface.
  • Beam. They are most popular, presented in the assortment of many companies, and differ by reliability, durability, can be easily cleaned from ice. Many car owners, choosing wipers for winter, decide to buy ones of this type. But if the temperature is lower than -15 °C, their body loses elasticity and cleaning quality worsens.
  • Hybrid. They have excellent aerodynamic characteristics; tightly adhere to a windshield surface. They also can be used in winter, but sometimes snow accumulates in the areas of cover connection. There is no constant necessity of wipers replacement by assembly. If the frame is intact, only rubbers can be purchased.

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