Winter before windshield wipers brings especially difficult challenges, and ice can quickly destroy them. Therefore, we give advice on how to save windshield wipers from damage, so that you do not have to buy new ones during the winter, which will also suffer quickly due to the same faults, writes Used Motors.
It’s not only that your windscreen wipers last longer for financial reasons – it’s also about being able to wipe the windscreen well to see the road – safety first!
A little attention and effort can save a lot of money, but also makes driving much safer in bad weather.
1) Do not switch on the windscreen wipers until the windscreen has been cleaned of snow and ice.
Not only can the windscreen wiper blades be damaged due to ice, when detached from the windshield when this happened or during the operation of the windscreen wiper itself, but it can also cause much more serious and costly damage to the entire windscreen wiper system.
2) Place some material under the windscreen wipers – one of the solutions is to insert the material under the windscreen wiper blades so that it is not in direct contact with the windscreen. Fabric, cardboard, newspapers, catalogs and the like can be used for this purpose.
And this solution can have its drawbacks, depending on the weather conditions and the material you use, as the wipers can stick with the material you put under them.
For practical reasons we can not guarantee whether the wipers will get stuck, ie. “Follow” with dust, cardboard or paper, especially if the temperature is high enough to soak the material in water and then freeze it – this is a situation where there is no proper prevention.
Of course, this solution can work great if we are not dealing with extreme weather conditions.
3) You can put cardboard or blankets all over the windshield and fasten it with windscreen wipers (which at the same time separate the windscreen wipers from the windscreen and prevent it from getting stuck) but also attach a very thin rope to the ends, virtually wire, which you insert in the cabin and close the door. This reduces the possibility of the wind picking up that cardboard or blanket while still damaging the wipers. You can also tie this rope in the cabin so it does not come out.
Of course, we can not guarantee you anything about the possible damage to the cedar (rubber around the neck) – it depends on the thickness of the rope you use, weather conditions, etc. There is a risk anyway.
This “solution” at the same time reduces the appearance of ice on the windshield and prevents contact between the windscreen wipers and the windscreen.
Sticking or “sticking” wipes and cardboard or blankets is a special story, because it depends on the material from which it is made and other factors.
4) Start the car immediately and put the ventilation in the defrost mode – the temperature should be at the maximum. Since the engine is cold and will only blow cold air, do not expect the windshield to thaw within a few minutes, but the longer the engine runs, the sooner or less warmer air will begin to reach the glass.
So, turn on the car, heat the strongest, air on the windshield, and you dedicate yourself to removing and thawing the ice, that is, loosening the windshield wipers.
We remind you that the idle engine “raises the temperature very slowly”, so this step can be very little or almost no help, but it is better than removing the ice from the stopped car and only then starting it .
We wrote about this issue in the text: Heating in the place destroys the car engine?
5) Buy a special glass defrost – you can also defrost the wipers with this product, ie you can detach it from the windscreen. There are several remedies, mostly in the form of spray, with a price of several hundred dinars and more.
6) Keep glass diluent or do-it-yourself spray with liquid (alcohol diluted with water) in the car – also keep a saving agent in the car. This way you will be able to solve the problem and if you find that windscreen wipers get stuck on the windscreen when you leave work, you will come back from visiting friends or family …
7) Spraying for thawing the glass can apparently also help preventively – if it is sprayed under and around the windscreen wipers at night, as well as on the wipers themselves.
The action of this remedy should prevent the windscreen wipers from sticking to the windscreen. There is no certainty that it will work, but you always have the opportunity to test and check this recipe for yourself.
8) High quality winter window sprayer fluid helps to preserve window wipers as well. Therefore, it is a good idea to buy a liquid from a reputable manufacturer at a place (shop, pump …) where you will be able to return it to the complaint if something goes wrong.
9) Winter window spray liquid eventually loses the properties it had after opening the original packaging, ie it starts to freeze at a higher temperature than declared.
The fact is that it contains, among other additives (additives), alcohol (ethanol) as a freezing agent, and alcohol evaporates much faster than water, so its concentration in the liquid decreases over time and thus increases the freezing point of the liquid (it will freeze at higher temperature than it should be). Keep this in mind, not to keep the same winter liquid in the pot for too long.
10) It can also help to clear the remaining snow and ice before leaving the car in the parking lot, regardless of whether it is an open or closed parking lot, if there is any in the vicinity of the wipers. We do not mind wiping the water with a cloth, although it may not be very useful depending on the weather.
12) Lift the windscreen wipers, but there is a risk – if you lift the windscreen wipers in the evening, they will not stick to the windscreen for the simple reason that they are not in contact with it. In the morning you can clean the windscreen of ice and only then lower the windscreen wipers.
In some (new) cars, of course, the windscreen wipers cannot be lifted at all because they are “hidden” under the hood due to aerodynamics. Not everything is so simple
Thorough cleaning of glass of ice or snow may not be enough. Water can freeze if the car or windshield is not heated enough, creating a thin layer of ice while driving – especially at very low temperatures.
The same can happen if the windshield wiper blades are worn – if it does not remove all the water or windshield washer fluid from the glass, this thin layer of ice may appear in such conditions – on a smaller or larger surface depending on the condition of the windshield wiper blades. The problem is that alcohol evaporates much faster than water, so as the concentration of alcohol in the washing liquid decreases, the resistance of the liquid to freezing also decreases.
This is one of the reasons why we recommend that you start the car immediately so that you can start as soon as possible so that the engine reaches a higher temperature as soon as possible and allows the ventilation to expel hot air to the windshield. Do-it-yourself thawed products
There are several do-it-yourself solutions for melting ice from windshields and windshield wipers. The easiest and most accessible option for everyone is alcohol, which we use for disinfection – officially ethanol, and in pharmacies or other places we usually buy it in a concentration of 70% or 75%.
It can also be found in a concentration of 96%. Alcohol (or ethanol) is, among other things, an important ingredient in window spray because it is resistant to low temperatures.
Therefore, alcohol can be used to melt ice. There is no exact “formula” we should use, i.e. the mixture that is most effective, because it depends on the concentration of alcohol we use, the temperature of the mixture of water and alcohol, outside temperature, etc.
70% alcohol will definitely be useful, although it is recommended to mix it with water to save money. Winter diamond spray liquid contains a much lower percentage of alcohol, although this information is difficult to find, and this liquid contains other additives.
Basically try a mixture of 70% alcohol and ordinary water (tap water) in a ratio of 2: 1 – it should be effective enough for thicker ice at lower temperatures, although in some cases you will need to spray a little more.
Some recommend adding a little detergent to the dishes, but we could not reliably determine if the detergent can help melt the ice cream or help in any way afterwards. Therefore, we can not talk reliably about its effectiveness.
Otherwise, alcohol will not damage windscreen wipers or other rubber parts, at least not in the diluted version, and we remind you that the classic winter windscreen washer fluid also contains alcohol.
You can also use the window spray yourself – in case you do not have a syringe, you can take any bottle, poke the cap and spray through that hole. As a last resort, you can also pour directly from the bottle.
The speed and efficiency of thawing with washing liquid depends on the type of liquid, temperature, ice thickness … This is not an ideal solution, but try in an emergency or in a hurry – it can help. How long should the windscreen wipers be changed?
In general, the windscreen wipers need to be changed twice a year, as each season presents its own challenges to the wipers.
For example, put new windshield wipers in the spring, when all the winter problems are over, so you have new windshield wipers for spring rains, and over the summer they face a big challenge in the form of stuck and dried insects on glass, resin, birds manure and other sticky substances falling from the trees.
Then turn on new windshield wipers again in the fall to get a better view of this rainy and foggy season, followed by snow, ice and low temperatures.
Of course, this is not a rule, as the durability of windscreen wipers depends on many factors – intensity of use, quality of windscreen wipers, conditions of use …
And the wipers have their “mileage”. For example, if we have a dry spring and summer, and you mostly drive around town and wash your car regularly, you will almost never use windshield wipers.
However, if it rains a lot, the windscreen wipers will work a lot, while other vehicles pick up large amounts of dirty water that the windscreen wipers have to remove from the windscreen – this dirty water contains various particles that damage the windscreen wiper over time.
There is also the quality of the wipers – some are more resistant than others. In any case, not only can you drastically shorten their lifespan with carelessness, but you can destroy them very quickly. If you do not remove the remnants of stuck and dried insects by hand from the windscreen by hand in the summer, but use wipers for it, the brooms can be damaged very quickly.
The same goes for winter – if you activate them before scraping or melting the ice completely from the windscreen, there is a high probability that for a long time they will not perform their function as they should, but that the windscreens will remain unclean. Closure
Managers of different areas may have a totally different attitude on this issue. Those from generally warmer cities sometimes consider all of these warnings and advice to spread panic, as they very rarely or never experience such a problem.
On the other hand, those from the hilly regions and parts of Serbia with generally very low temperatures in winter invite them to come and see what the “real” winter is.
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