The Ultimate Windshield Wiper
SilBlade® was created by Specialty Silicone Products, Inc. (SSP). SSP is a manufacturer of a wide variety of silicone rubber products for both industrial and consumer uses. The company was founded by four former GE Silicone scientists and marketing personnel who were committed to developing the ultimate windshield wipers. They worked on perfecting the silicone rubber wiper formula for 2 years.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I replace my windshield wiper blades?
It is recommended to replace wiper blades every six months to a year, or sooner if you notice streaking, skipping, or reduced visibility during operation.
How do I know which wiper blades are suitable for my vehicle?
Refer to your vehicle's owner's manual for the correct wiper blade sizes and type. Alternatively, many auto parts stores and online resources provide guides to help you find the appropriate blades for your make and model.
Can I replace just the rubber insert, or do I need to replace the entire blade assembly?
While some wiper blades allow for rubber insert replacement, it's often more practical to replace the entire blade assembly to ensure optimal performance and longevity.
What are the signs that my wiper blades need replacement?
Look for signs such as streaking, chattering, or a squeaking noise during operation. If the blades show visible wear, cracks, or damage, it's time to replace them.
How do I maintain my wiper blades for longer life?
Regularly clean your windshield and wiper blades, especially during winter when road salt and debris are prevalent. Lift the blades away from the windshield when parked to prevent them from freezing to the glass. It is also important to lift wiper blades away from the windshield during hot temperatures. The rubber squeegee can stick to the windshield and tear when turned on after a long period without rain.
Can I install wiper blades myself, or should I seek professional help?
Installing wiper blades is typically a straightforward process. Most come with clear instructions. However, if you're unsure or uncomfortable, professional assistance is always available at auto service centers.
Are there different types of wiper blades available, and how do I choose the right one?
Yes, there are various types, including traditional frame-style blades, beam blades, and hybrid blades. The choice depends on factors such as climate, driving conditions, and personal preference. Research and consult with experts for guidance. You can also refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the type of wiper blade that was fitted on your vehicle as original equipment.
Do I need to replace all of my wiper blades at the same time?
While it's not mandatory, it's advisable to replace both the driver and passenger side blades simultaneously to maintain even pressure and performance, ensuring consistent clearing across the windshield. If you have an SUV or a vehicle with a rear wiper blade, it’s also good to check it when replacing your front windshield blades. Rear blades receive less use and may not need to be changed each time you replace your front windshield wiper blades.
Can I use aftermarket wiper blades, or should I stick to the manufacturer's recommendations?
Aftermarket wiper blades are often suitable, but it's essential to choose high-quality replacements that match your vehicle's specifications. Some manufacturers provide specific recommendations, so it's wise to check these before purchasing.
What should I do if my wiper blades are not working correctly even after replacement?
Ensure the blades are correctly installed and that there is no debris hindering their movement. If problems persist, it's recommended to consult with a professional to check for underlying issues with the wiper system.