How do I Know I need to Replace my Windshield Wipers?
Boulevard or the Pacific Coast Highway, or any other SoCal road for that
matter, a safe trip starts with clear visibility. To see the road ahead, that
means a windshield free of rain, frost, dust, and dirt. Only one system on your
Ford is making that happen for you – the windshield wipers.
Wipers have a
singular purpose. They’re on your car to keep your view of the road clean and
clear. But every driver will eventually need to change their wiper blades. How
often is this crucial car care service required, and how do you know it’s time
to have a new set of wipers installed?
Do Wipers Wear Out?
No matter if
you’re driving an older Ford Fusion or a new Ford F-150, wiper blades are a
consumable item. That means you’ll need to replace your wiper blades from time
to time, just like an engine air filter. A few factors cause wiper blades to
wear out including:
sun. UV light beating down on the exposed rubber windshield wipers causes the
rubber to dry out and crack.
and tear. Using your wipers normally takes little bits of the rubber off the
Waking up to a frozen windshield isn’t common in Southern California but
turning on your wipers before the windshield has thawed can tear the blades
Windshield wipers that leave annoying streaks that obstruct your vision. It’s
more than just annoying though. Those streaks can cause a strain on your vision
and even lead to an unfortunate collision.
How Often Should Wipers Be
windshield wipers is part of your routine care, much like changing the engine
oil, rotating the tires, and inspecting the cabin air filter. Depending on the
conditions where you drive, you can expect to get around 12 months of service
How to Tell if You Need to
Replace Windshield Wipers
Figuring out if
your wipers need to be replaced is simple. Look at your windshield after trying
to clear it and ask yourself, “Do I see streaks left behind or a perfectly
clear windshield where the wipers have just passed?” If you have streaks on the
windshield, your wiper blades aren’t doing their job well.
replace your wipers, look them over quickly. Inspect the rubber edge for nicks
and gouges. If you don’t see any obvious damage, clean the blades with a soft
cloth and washer fluid. They may have dirt that’s preventing them from wiping
the windshield well.
cleaning well? It’s probably time to replace windshield wipers… but where?
Where to Buy Wipers for My
If you think
you need new wiper blades for your car, truck, SUV, or van, stop in at your
local Southern California Ford Dealers service
center. A Ford
authorized service technician can inspect your washers and wipers and install a
new set of wiper blades for your vehicle. Motorcraft and Ford Parts wipers are
competitively priced and are designed to be exact replacements for the original
equipment wiper blades. They’re available at all Southern California Ford Dealers.