Dealing with Frozen Wiper Blades: Do’s and Don’ts

The fluctuating temperatures of this winter have created the perfect conditions for wiper blades to freeze to your vehicle’s windshield. It’s a frustrating situation that many of us have faced on those icy mornings. However, it’s important to handle frozen wiper blades properly to avoid damage to both your windshield and the blades themselves. Here are some do’s and don’ts to keep in mind:

Do’s:

  1. Take action and be patient: Start your vehicle and turn on the window defroster to the highest setting. The initial air might be cold, but as the engine warms up, it will slowly thaw the surface. The defroster blows air at the base of your windshield, targeting the area where the wiper is frozen. Gently remove any excess snow from the windshield to provide less material for the defroster to melt. Clean the rest of your vehicle and then return to the frozen wiper blades. Test them gently to see if they have melted free. Once released, move the wiper arms to the upright position so they are no longer in contact with the windshield. Wipe off any excess ice from the wiper blades. It should be partially melted and easy to remove. Finally, scrape any remaining ice from the windshield. It will also be partially melted, making it easier to clear. Once both the wipers and the windshield are free of ice, return the wipers to the surface of the windshield, and you’re good to go.
  1. Consider moving the wipers to the up position: In wet thawing and freezing conditions, you can prevent your wipers from freezing to the windshield by moving them to the upright position when you park your car. Many people find this technique effective in preventing freezing.
Frozen Wiper Blade to WindshieldDon’ts:
  1. Avoid scraping the wiper blades: Scraping your frozen wiper blades off the windshield can damage both the glass and the rubber squeegee on the blades. It may result in nicks on the windshield surface that could lead to long cracks in the future. Additionally, scraping can tear the rubber squeegee, rendering the wiper blade ineffective and requiring replacement.

2. Don’t use hot water to thaw the wipers: While it may seem like a quick solution, using hot water on a cold windshield can crack the glass. Moreover, when hot water comes into contact with freezing temperatures, it quickly turns into ice, coating the wiper blades, windshield, and any surface it touches, including the ground.

Avoiding Frozen WipersTip: To prevent your wipers from freezing to your windshield in wet thawing and freezing conditions you can move your wipers to the up position when you park your car. You often see people who have done this and it works.

 

We recommend you check your wipers every season for wear and tear. A worn wiper does not effectively clear the surface of the windshield resulting in poor visibility. A warn wiper can also scratch the surface of your windshield requiring premature replacement – an expensive repair.

As always we recommend you maintain your vehicle to avoid avoidable and expensive repairs. Check your blades regularly and replace them when worn. If your wiper motors or system are not performing, as they should we also repair motors replace blades and do required adjustments. Precise Car Service is your vehicle care and repair shop in the Hamilton, Stoney Creek, Winona, Grimsby area. Come a visit us soon. We can help you access the state of your wipers and the wiper washer system of you vehicle.