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Your windshield wiper system helps you maintain visibility of the road, yet the integral system is so often overlooked. Your windshield wipers:

  • Clear snow and ice from your windshield
  • Remove rain from the windshield glass
  • Clean dirt and bugs from the windshield
  • Wipe away tree sap and bird droppings that can etch your glass

All too often it seems that your wiper blades aren’t doing a good job of clearing the windshield. The wiper blade may have torn or nicked rubber, which can happen when debris builds up on the windshield, when the wipers are operated while they are frozen to the windshield, or the rubber has simply deteriorated due to environmental elements.

What happens when wiper blades deteriorate

When wiper blades are in less than perfect condition, they can leave small streaks on the windshield or wide swaths of their path can remain dirty or uncleared. You can have a torn rubber edge that causes this which is often evident by a thin rubber strip that hangs from the end of the wiper blade.

The lifespan of wiper blades

The average useful life of wiper blades is six months to a year, so it is recommended that you replace your wiper blades annually or sooner if the need arises. It may not seem like a very long time but the fine rubber edge of the wiper blade is exposed to harsh environmental elements that can dry it out and cause it to crack. It can also easily nick from dirt and small stones that may end up on the windshield.

You can extend the life of your wiper blades by regularly washing your car, removing the dirt that can cause your wiper blades' rubber edges to nick. You can also wipe down the blade rubber with a clean rag that has been wetted with washer fluid. This cleans off any dirt that accumulates on the blade itself and can protect it from drying out.


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Jason

31 years of experience
148 reviews
Jason
31 years of experience
Land Rover Range Rover Sport - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Surprise, Arizona
Needed new brake pads on my Land Rover-and booked through “your mechanic”- this was my second time using this service and I have to say- these guys are awesome- Today, Jason came out to my work place- and completed the work quickly. Thank you!!
Honda Accord - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Phoenix, Arizona
Jason was on time, self motivated, well educated in his craft, and very helpful. I am fully sold on your method of using the home service. Jason helped by creating a safer ride for my wife, saving me time, and saving money for my family. I will be a client forever. Dennis Laycock

Lee

18 years of experience
105 reviews
Lee
18 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Richmond, Virginia
Lee was professional and knowledgeable. The job did not take long he was a little late but like I said professional because he let know that he was running late. LEE IS AWESOME!!!!!!

Willie

23 years of experience
23 reviews
Willie
23 years of experience
Jeep Compass - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - North Hollywood, California
I made an appointment to have my brake rotors/disc replaced. On the day I scheduled my car services- it ended up raining. Willie checked in, moved my appointment, and continued to communicate through out the day until he was able to come work on my car. He took great car to make the repairs ANNNDDD SAVED ME MONEY by only doing what was necessary (only one of the rotors needed replacing). A blessing.

Honorio

18 years of experience
782 reviews
Honorio
18 years of experience
Saturn Vue - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Sunnyvale, California
This was our second appointment to service our Honda and Saturn with Honorio and we will continue to do so in the future. We highly recommend Honorio.

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