Can Dirt and Mud Ruin Windshield Wiper Blades?

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Your wiper blades are responsible for clearing a viewable path on your windshield so you can see where you’re going. They wipe away rain, snow, ice, dust, dirt, bird droppings, and any other debris that ends up on the windshield.

When your windshield is dirty, sometimes the best way to clean it is to spray washer fluid (if it’s already wet out you can forego the washer fluid) and engage the windshield wipers. The washer fluid begins to dissolve whatever is on your windshield, but it also serves as a lubricant for the glass. Larger particles of sand, dust, and mud are often smeared around on the glass in the process of cleaning, causing tiny scratches in your windshield. Washer fluid can act as a buffer between the glass and the dirt, preventing some scratches from ever occurring.

Dirt and mud can also ruin wiper blades, especially if it has already dried. The dirt, sand, and stone content in the mud is abrasive and can nick the rubber on your wiper blades or even cause them to tear. A nick or tear in the wiper blade will prevent the rubber edge from making consistent contact with the windshield, leaving streaks when cleaning. This can obscure your vision and make it harder to see. If this happens, you’ll need to replace your wiper blades.


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Honorio

18 years of experience
778 reviews
Honorio
18 years of experience
Mazda CX-5 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Mountain View, California
He was very good at doing everything I signed up for. Helped also helped me identify an issue with my car.
Mazda 2 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Stanford, California
Very efficient - gave great advice on how to take care of car. Advised if parts/repairs are not needed. Great experience.

Robert

19 years of experience
651 reviews
Robert
19 years of experience
Jeep Wrangler - Windshield Wiper Blade - Denver, Colorado
Very knowledgeable as the other mechanic that came to my rescue. No Mechanical Jibberish that I can't understand.

Keith

17 years of experience
295 reviews
Keith
17 years of experience
Hyundai Entourage - Windshield Wiper Blade - Loughman, Florida
This is the second time I have had Keith work on my vehicle and I will have him back again. Very courteous and knowledgeable. Appreciate the fact I have found a mechanic I feel can be trusted and will request him again when the vehicle needs something. Thank you for having a great employee like Keith.

David

9 years of experience
117 reviews
David
9 years of experience
Mazda 2 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Winter Springs, Florida
excellent service . extremely happy with services. on time and communicated and explained needs for repair very clearly.

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