Proper windscreen maintenance includes cleaning the glass, repairing chips, and replacing wiper blades. When carried out properly, this will help you to drive in many weather conditions.
+ General Windscreen Maintenance ?
Cleaning the windscreen glass in order to remove dust, dirt, and debris that can impair your vision should be a weekly task. To clean the outside glass, simply spray a glass cleaning solution onto the surface and wipe away the residue with a paper towel or rubber bladed tool. The inside of the glass should be done the same and then rubbed down with a micro fibre towel.
It is also a good practise to check your windscreen water washer bottle once a week. If your windscreen wiper fluid is not being fully emitted in a solid stream, then you might need to clean your wiper jets. These can become clogged with insects, dirt or fluid residue. Simply grab a needle or long, flexible steel wire,
and then insert it into the jet opening to remove any debris.
+ How to repair a windscreen chip ?
When a rock hits your windscreen, it is essential that you repair the crack as soon as possible in order to prevent it from spreading.
Gently clean the windscreen area around the chip. There are special devices with suction grips that permit users to isolate the cracked spot for resin insertion. Fill the voided area with the special windscreen resin. Use a heat lamp to "cure" the resin to make it hard. Remove the excess resin. Most major windscreen seller’s offer this service, so don’t feel you must no this process to prolong the life of your windscreen..
+ What is the lifespan of windscreen wiper blades?
While the typical lifespan of your windscreen wiper blades is two years, it is recommended changing them at least once a year. Once the rubber dries, the effectiveness of each wipe of the blade across the windscreen deteriorates
+ How to change windscreen wiper blades ?
If your wiper blade is cracking, hardening, or separating, it is time to replace it. Read your owner's manual to find the proper wiper blade specifications, there are many different sizes and shapes; typically, the passenger and driver side blades are different sizes.
Rather than just replacing the rubber, you should replace the entire wiper blade assembly. Before you remove the old wiper blades, take a look at how it is constructed. The main parts of the wiper blade assembly are the arm, connector, blade, and rubber.
Be careful not to damage the windscreen. Place a piece of cardboard between the wiper arm and windscreen glass.
Slowly pull the wiper blade assembly up away from the windscreen until it locks in a vertical position. Remove the wiper blade from the assembly arm; you might need to turn it to a "T" before you can slip it out. Replace the fastener too.
As you slide the new blade into the assembly, you will hear a "click" when it is properly positioned. Carefully, turn the new assembly from the vertical position to its normal horizontal position resting on the windscreen. It is that easy.