Saturday, October 27, 2012

Rubber Wiper Care

Rubber Wiper Care

Wiper function is to sweep rainwater from the surface of the windshield, thus the driver can see into front. One component that windshield wipers should be checked regularly is a rubber wiper. Checking it is to know whether the rubber on the wipers still elastic or not. If the rubber has hardened, the wiper will not give maximal function as it should.

Rubber wiper that is hard and inelastic is a sign that the rubber wiper is already time to be replaced with new ones. Other sign  is there is dew on the windshield after swept by the wiper. So the result of cleaning is not perfect. In addition a hard rubber wiper can scratch the windshield, so that it can impede the driver's view.

Sunlight hitting the car windshield, making the windshield surface temperature increased. Because the wiper position, attached to the windshield, of course heat will flow to the rubber wiper. Effect of changing weather that hit the rubber wiper, made it becomes inelastic. Because at the heat temperature, rubber wipers to expand, while during the cold, the rubber wiper became shrunken. Continuous temperature changes ultimately make the rubber wiper becomes damaged.

To keep the rubber wiper from from windshield surface, we can simply position the wiper lever in an upright position (refer to image below) when the car was parked, especially when the car was parked in hot areas without shade/shelter.

Wiper lever in an upright position
To be more safe, choose a car parked in a cool place or with shelter. Install the car's sun shade on the car when the car was parked in a long time, this can also protect the rubber windshield wipers. Because these steps can prevent a rubber wiper from drastic changes of outside air temperature continuously, which can damage the wiper rubber elasticity as described before. In addition, you also can buy a car accessory that is used to support the rod wiper, so that the rubber wiper can easily be dissociated from the surface of the windshield when the accessory is turned on. 



  1. Nice article and very useful information. Thank you very much.

  2. yeah in winter the car windshield wipers becomes the headache. but there are some Car Wiper Blade Protector for that. and believe me that are very helpful.