Although your vehicle came equipped with windshield wipers when you bought it, you can always swap them out for a replacement set that better suits your needs. At Dean’s Automotive Service Center in Anchorage, an experienced mechanic will explain the different options on the market, as well as the signs that your windshield wipers need to be replaced.
The next time you head to the auto body shop, ask the mechanic to show you examples of these three key types of windshield wipers:
Standard Windshield Wipers
These are the most common windshield wipers available. They consist of a light metal frame which holds blade in place. Although the metal framework itself may not need to be replaced unless there is visible damage, the blades should be replaced approximately every six months. The various elements a wiper blade is exposed to throughout the year will damage it over time, preventing it from making full contact with the windshield when used. This can limit its effectiveness and create streaks on your windshield.
Winter Windshield Wipers
If you live in an area with harsh winters, you should head to an auto body shop and ask the car mechanic if winter windshield wipers are a good option for you. The key difference between these and the standard option is that the entire framework is protected by a rubber shell, which prevents snow and ice from accumulating in the frame. That said, they should be only used during the winter and replaced during the summer, since the heat from the sun can cause the rubber to crack.
Slightly more expensive than standard windshield wipers, but more effective overall, beam blades do away with the metal framework. Instead, they have a curved metal strip supporting the blade. As a result, there are less moving parts to maintain, and less empty space between the blade and framework for snow and debris to build up. They typically last longer than a standard option, but should still be replaced when the blades start to make squeaking noises.
Windshield wipers may seem like a fairly basic component of a vehicle, but there’s a lot about them the average driver doesn’t know. To learn more about what the right windshield wipers can do for your vehicle, get in touch with the experts at Dean’s Automotive Service Center. Visit them online for more info, or call (907) 276-5731.