Your Comprehensive Windshield Wipers Guide

Welcome to another Proctor Car Tips with Abel Correa! In this edition we will be discussing all things windshield wipers.

How Long Does a Windshield Wiper Last?

Typically you'll see the lifespan of a wiper last around 1 - 2 years. It all depends on the quality of the windshield wiper fluid you're using, the quality of the wiper itself, and of course how regularly you use them. Variables such as summer time, winter time, frequent rainy weather - all of these things will affect how long your windshield wiper is going to last.

What are the Best Windshield Wiper Brands?

There are a couple of different options if you're looking for high quality wipers. Some of the top brands are Bosch, ANCO, and Rain-X. When shopping for wipers, you'll notice that there are a lot of different options for your car in specific. Obviously you want to get the best quality wiper you can, but another important factor is the size of the wiper itself.

Windshield Wiper Sizing

Windshield wipers are measured in inches. The car that you have will dictate the size of the wiper that you need. There are a couple different ways to figure out which size you need for your car. One option is to look in your owner's manual. Alternatively, you can visit your nearest dealership or auto parts store, and they should be able to help you out as well.

Installing New Windshield Wipers

Once you've selected your wipers, the next step is installing them. Typically this is a pretty straightforward process - the blade usually snaps right into place just like you’d expect it to. However, every vehicle is different, so consult your owner's manual before installation. Also, many dealerships will offer to install the wiper blades for you. Lots of times this is a free service offered if you've purchased your new wiper blades from them.

The Windshield Wiper Motor

One thing you probably don't think about very often is the windshield wiper motor. Of course, this is what powers the windshield wipers, and usually you'll get a good 10 years out of the motor. Keep a look out for when your windshield wipers appear to be slowing down. This is usually a good indication that the motor is starting to wear out. It's likely you'll have to place replace the motor at some point. Consult your local dealership, and they will be able to order and install it for you. This probably isn't a project you want to tackle on your own, unless you have a little bit of a mechanical background.

Windshield Wiper Fluid

It's important to use the correct fluid depending on whether you live up north or down south. If you've ever had your windshield wiper fluid freeze, you probably live up north where it gets very cold. Not so much a problem in the south. Another good tip to keep in mind; don't put water in place of wiper fluid in the reservoir. The proper fluid is a lot more durable than water, and it will keep your wiper blades lubricated, ensuring that you get the maximum life span out of them.

That's all we've got for you this time! If you have any other questions about windshield wipers, please let us know! Also, be sure to check out more tips on our Proctor Car Tips YouTube channel!

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