DWTA on Common Windshield Wiper Troubles and their Solution

The Detroit Windshield Technicians Association has shared several tips on common windshield wiper issues and their possible solutions. Speaking before a seminar of new car drivers, DWTA President Peter Kinley says windshield wipers also so suffer from wear and tear, especially during the rainy or the winter season. Usually during these times, issues can surface as well, and so it is important that every vehicle owner is aware of what to do in case problems do occur.

Windshield wiper issues can usually be addressed by cleaning the wiper blades religiously. (Photo Credits)

“One of the most stressful issue a windshield wiper can make is to not stop when it needs to stop. For some drivers who have experienced this, it means additional inconvenience of having to have it repaired right away,” says Kinley.

The website YourMechanic.com says usually such a problem occurs when the wiper controls have been broken, there had been a bad wiring within the system, or it could be because of a faulty park switch. In their blog post they also explained that this should be addressed right away so as not to cause further damage on the other car parts.

“Aside from the fact that the motion and noise of windshield wipers operating when it’s unnecessary can be annoying as you drive in clear weather, allowing them to operate without moisture on the window creates undo stress on the system as a whole. This risks damage to other parts of the wiper system beyond what is causing them to continue running. Such stress could lead to torn wiper blades or a burned-out motor. Have the faulty wiper system checked out by a professional as soon as possible to avoid costlier repairs later on.”

The full write-up can be found here.

Wipers Not Wiping Right

The Art of Manliness meanwhile rounded up the most common windshield wiper issues, and discussed possible causes plus some of the possible solutions to these wiper concerns. Foremost in the windshield wiper concerns that they mentioned is wipers smearing on both directions.

“If your wipers smear water in both directions, you may have one of the following problems: worn blades; a dirty windshield and/or wiper blade; sub-par windshield wiper fluid. Try using new wiper fluid and cleaning the windshield and wiper blades before you replace the blades. To clean your wiper blades, simply wipe them with a clean rag dipped in hot, soapy water. After you clean off the soap, wipe the edge of the blade with rubbing alcohol.”

Check out the other possible windshield wiper problems on their list here.

Need for Replacement

South-African website Arrive Alive has meanwhile came up with a comprehensive article on windshield wipers. In the article, they mentioned possible windshield wiper issues that indicate a need for replacement. Auto Glass Safety Council

“Motoring experts advise that wiper blades be checked every six months and changed at least once a year. The driver may notice a change in driving visibility and there are usually a few signs to alert to problems such as streaking, skipping, chattering, wearing and splitting – all leading to reduced visibility and slowed reaction time while driving. The wiper blade should wipe the windscreen smoothly and quietly. The wiper blade should always stop before it touches the rubber frame of the windscreen. Should you notice one of the signs of a damaged wiper blade as listed below, then your wiper blades or wiper arm should be replaced immediately.”

The rest of the write-up can be found here.

The Detroit-based windshield technicians’ organization says windshield wiper issues should be addressed right away so that it will not present a safety hazard to the driver and his passengers.

ENC Windshield Repair Detroit
13136 E Warren Ave, Detroit, MI 48215
(248) 243-6762

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