Can Dirt and Mud Ruin Windshield Wiper Blades?

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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Adam

17 years of experience
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Adam
17 years of experience
Ford F-250 Super Duty V8-6.7L Turbo Diesel - Windshield Wiper Blade - Lake Worth, Florida
Adam was extremely professional. Identified the problems quickly and addressed them. I would not hesitate to reccomend him. I plan on having him work on my vehicles from now on.
Hyundai Accent - Windshield Wiper Blade - Delray Beach, Florida
Adam was professional, very efficient and knowledgeable about car repairs. He completed his work in record time, and was non-intrusive, patiently answering all my questions. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a worthy auto mechanic. Thank you, Adam!

Tabitha

17 years of experience
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Tabitha
17 years of experience
Toyota Corolla L4-1.8L - Windshield Wiper Blade - San Diego, California
I scheduled an appointment with Tabitha for oil/filter, tire rotation, and wiper blade replacement. The estimated completion time was 1.5 hours and Tabitha was able to get the work done in half the time. My car started making noises after she left and she came back the next morning and fixed the issue. She is very knowledgeable about what she does and goes out of her way to make sure your car runs as it should. Thanks Tabitha!

Greg

22 years of experience
333 reviews
Greg
22 years of experience
Ford E-150 Econoline V8-5.8L - Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement - Mesa, Arizona
Experience was great except I did not request Wiper Blades. I have worked with Greg does fine. I just want to know who Benji is and why he ordered me a set of $185.00 wiper blades. Beji also charged $119.00 to sell me the Blades plus $185 for blades.Very Confusing transaction and who is Benji?I just need to find out what is killing the Battery after it sits a couple of days. If it is the battery then it has a warranty and I can get a new one.I thought by dis-connecting the Alarm would solve the problem but I guess not.Benji is on your list of Mechanics who are expert in Electrical according to your Customer Service.Maybe they can explain how he got involved. as I have no clue as to what happened and I need my Battery fixed.I picked Greg to begin with as you have good references.

Jay

23 years of experience
149 reviews
Jay
23 years of experience
Ford Escape L4-2.5L - Windshield Wiper Blade - Schaumburg, Illinois
Used Jay a few times now, and every time he does a great job. Not only does he do great work, but he provides the services you need, not what will make him the most money.

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