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You depend on your windshield wipers during winter to help you navigate through snow, ice and slush. Then the seasons change, winter turns to spring and your wipers have to get you through rain and thunderstorms. While April showers may be good for flowers, they can be tough on windshield wipers.
Good visibility is essential to safe driving, and solid wiper performance is key to good visibility. That’s why it is recommend that these five easy steps be followed to help carry you and your wipers through the winter/spring driving months:
While manufacturers design them to stand up to all weather conditions, even the best windshield wipers won’t last forever. Repeatedly moving back and forth across your windshield and exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause the blades’ materials to break down. That’s why you should manually remove any ice or salt. Prolonged exposure to ice, salt, and the sun’s damaging UV rays can damage your wipers, creating cracks and rough edges that can leave your windshield with streaks and blurry spots that interfere with your visibility. If you find that you’re consistently having to use your wipers to remove streaks, it’s time to consider replacing your wiper blades.
Manufacturers don’t typically have a universally agreed-upon rule of thumb (like “check every 6 months/6,000 miles”) when it comes to this safe driving essential. That’s because the biggest factor in determining the lifespan of your wipers is wear and tear, and that can’t be reliably measured or predicted by time or miles driven.
Wipe away any doubts and be on the lookout for:
Wiper blades are available in a variety of sizes and types and at different price points. How do you know what’s right for your vehicle? While it’s true that your vehicle owner’s manual may tell you which wiper blade to install, and some manuals even include step-by-step replacement instructions, you may wish to let a trained Jiffy Lube® technician handle this important service.
First, your Jiffy Lube technician will both visually and manually inspect your wiper blades, checking for wear and the presence of cracks or irregular spots on the wiper blades, which indicates it’s time for replacement. If the wiper arms are bent, or not performing as they should, this will become apparent. Then the wipers will be tested for proper operation. This is when the technician will confirm the wiper motor is in proper working order.
Jiffy Lube has access to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations and will use wiper blades that meet or exceed these recommendations . Then there’s expertise. You can count on a Jiffy Lube technician to carefully replace the old blade per manufacturer’s procedures.
By having your worn blades professionally replaced with new wiper blades that meet OEM specifications, you can look forward to greater longevity and, more importantly, a clearer view of the road ahead.
Each Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change includes a windshield wiper blade inspection. Drive safe and please consider Jiffy Lube as your year-round partner in vehicle care!