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How to Best Maintain Your Windshield Wipers and Windshield Washer Fluid

Windshield wipers and windshield fluid are two essential components of your car that ensure visibility and safety while driving. Windshield wipers are responsible for clearing rain, snow, dirt, and debris off the windshield, while windshield fluid helps to lubricate the windshield and remove stubborn grime.

To keep your windshield wipers and windshield fluid in good condition, you should understand how they work and how to maintain them.

Windshield Wipers

There are two main types of windshield wipers: traditional frame-style wipers and newer beam-style wipers. Frame-style wipers are the most common and consist of a metal frame that holds a rubber blade. Beam-style wipers, on the other hand, have a curved metal blade that conforms to the windshield's shape.
Here are the top signs that it's time to replace your windshield wipers:

  • Streaks or Smears: If your windshield wipers are leaving streaks or smears on the windshield, it's time to replace them. 
  • Skipping or Chattering: If your windshield wipers are skipping or chattering across the windshield, it means that the rubber blade is no longer making proper contact with the windshield.
  • Squeaking or Squealing: If your windshield wipers are making a squeaking or squealing noise while in use, it most likely indicates that the rubber blade is worn, damaged, or dirty.

Windshield Fluid

Windshield fluid is responsible for keeping the windshield clean and clear of debris. It's important to use the right type of windshield fluid, as some fluids may damage the windshield or wiper blades.
Here are some tips for maintaining your windshield fluid:

  • Check the Fluid Level: Make sure to check the windshield fluid level regularly and top it off as needed. You can find the windshield fluid reservoir under the hood of your car.
  • Use the Right Fluid: Make sure to use the right type of windshield fluid for your car. Some fluids are designed for use in colder climates and contain antifreeze, while others are designed for use in warmer climates and contain solvents.
  • Clean the Nozzles: Over time, the nozzles that spray the windshield fluid can become clogged with debris. Use a needle or pin to clear any blockages and ensure that the fluid is spraying evenly across the windshield.

With proper maintenance, your windshield wipers and windshield fluid can last a long time and keep you safe on the road. Please call or visit The Model Garage for assistance with your vehicle maintenance!

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