What to Consider when Buying Wiper Blades
If you own a car, you understand the importance of your windshield wipers, especially on a stormy and rainy day. They can be a lifesaver, and many can testify to that. Although wiper blades are durable, they won’t last forever. This post is to help you determine the right wiper blades for you or a family member’s car.
1. Choosing the Correct Length:
Determining the correct length of wiper blade for your front and read wiper blades is the first step in choosing the right wiper blades. Selecting the wrong size can cause damage and result in poor wipe quality. In addition, if the wiper blades are bigger or longer than the recommended size, they may overlap, causing the wiper motor to be damaged. To determine the right lengths, it’s best to use an application guide. You will find an excellent guide on the SilBlade®website. All you will need for the look-up is the year, make and model of your vehicle.
2. Types of Wiper Blades:
There are three main types of wiper blades, standard, flat, or hybrid. A standard wiper consists of a metal frame and a rubber strip. A flat type of wiper, sometimes referred to as a beam blade, has a flexible metal spline that shapes to the curvature of the windshield. Hybrid wiper blades are like standard blades but are enclosed in an aero-dynamic housing. The SilBlade® application guide can also assist you in determining the type of wiper blade that is best for your vehicle.
3. Regular or Winter Blades:
Winter wiper blades are built differently than regular blades and are meant to be used only when wintry conditions are prevalent. They are manufactured with a rubber cover to withstand lower temperatures and to work effectively in ice and snow. Winter blades will also remain soft and flexible no matter how severe the weather. You will not want to use winter blades year-round and should install regular type blades during the fall, spring, and summer months.
4. Choosing The Correct Rear Wiper Blade:
Choosing the correct rear wiper blade is no different than selecting your front windshield wiper blades. The SilBlade®application guide will help you to the determine correct length and type of wiper blade needed for your specific vehicle
Hopefully this blog has provided some helpful tips and information for the next time you are having to buy wiper blades. Please remember that wiper blades are a safety item and its best to invest in blades that are durable and were designed to fit your vehicle.