4 Reasons Why You Need to Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Performing maintenance to your vehicle ensures that it is running at top performance and lowers the risks of it breaking down while driving. However, the one part of your car or truck that gets neglected is the windshield wiper. Windshield wipers go through daily wear-and-tear to keep the glass clean so drivers can see the road. They should be replaced periodically, at least every six months, to prevent failure that could create a potential safety hazard. Yet, often, drivers are unaware of the warning signs of when to replace their windshield wipers. They wait until the last minute to replace their wipers while increasiing the chances of getting involved in an accident. Here are 4 reasons why you need to replace your windshield wipers. Prevent the Glass from Becoming Scratched Windshield wipers consist of a flexible rubber material across the blade. It glides across the surface of the glass to push rain, snow and ice from the windshield. It also helps to remove dirt, dust and other obstructions that are blown or dropped onto the surface. However, the rubber can deteriorate from both harsh weather and the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. In time, the metal arm of the

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Why Do Cracks in Windshields Grow in the Heat?

Many drivers are tempted to ignore small cracks on their windshield, believing that the crack won’t get any worse. However, even if no further damage comes to your windshield, these cracks can become larger and more serious. One of the most common causes of growing windshield cracks is heat.  Why Cracks Grow in Heat The windshield on a modern vehicle is an important part of the vehicle’s structural integrity. In most cases, a windshield crack will grow when the windshield is subjected to force, usually by expansion or flexing. Both heat and cold will have a significant effect on the molecules that make up the glass in your vehicle’s windshield. Temperature changes will force the metal frame around the glass to expand or contract, which may lead to growth in an existing windshield crack.  Other Factors that Cause Cracks to Grow In addition to heat, other forces may also cause your windshield cracks to grow. Examples include extreme cold, weight on the windshield and even the vibrations from loud music from the vehicle’s stereo. While some of these factors can be avoided, others may be out of your control. For this reason, it is important to protect your cracked windshield from

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