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Wiper Blade Maintenance

Nov 7, 2017 2:05:14 PM

Volvo Truck Wiper Blade

It's easy to forget about maintenance for your wiper blades until it's too late.  Don't let a bad wiper blade risk your safety from poor visibility in a rainstorm or snow storm.  

Inspecting your Wiper Blade:

When fueling your truck, take a wet/moist paper towel and wipe down the rubber element on your wiper blade, after the winshield has been cleaned.  This will remove and loose dirt and grime that can lead to streaking, smearing and hazing of your windshield.

Inspecte your Wiper Blade:

  • Cracked rubber: Look for splits and slashes on the rubber.
  • Contaminated rubber: Result of road grime and chemicals adhering to the rubber element, causing a hazy film on the windshield.
  • Torn rubber: Rubber element has pulled away from its supporting structure, causing "slapping" noise to occur.
  • Park set rubber: The rubber element has lost its flexibility and no longer "flips" over when it begins the downstroke.
  • Abraded rubber: Worn, ragged edges on the element.
  • Damaged superstructure: Metal or plastic elements of the wiper arm, blade or refill is either bent or cracked.

Icy and Snowy Conditions

Do not use windshield wipers as ice scrapers. Use an ice scraper as much as possible when de-icing vehicles and allow the vehicle plenty of time to warm up with the defroster on "HIGH" to loosen as much ice and snow as possible. We sell winter wiper blades which are covered by a rubber boot to keep linkages free of ice and corrosives. Winter blades should never be used to de-ice the windshield.

What are some performance problems that may occur, indicating that my wiper blades may need replaced?

  • Smearing or streaking: Sections of windshield are missed as the blade passes over it.
  • Chattering: Blade moves irregularly across the windshield surface, making a chattering noise as it "hobbles" across the glass.
  • Hazing: Oil-like film spreads across the windshield, causing glare, usually a result of road grime contamination to the rubber.
  • Beading: Appears as a collection of water droplets on the windshield after the blade passes over.
  • Windlift: Blade "lifts" off the windshield and loses full or partial contact with the glass, usually happening at highway speeds.

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