Windshield wipers streaking in the rain are pretty annoying, but when they can't clear a snow and ice covered windshield, they can be dangerous. It's kind of like the guy who tries driving down the road with just a patch of the windshield cleared. Of course it would only take him a second longer to clear the rest of the windshield, but somehow he's in too much of a hurry to do that. Sometimes we can be like that about maintaining our cars. Usually, it's simple if we take a minute, but we normally put it off and put ourselves at risk.
Wiper blades come in wide varieties. I recommend bracketless wiper blades because they won't get packed with ice and snow. Wipers usually won't clear well because the pivoting brackets in standard blades get iced up and won't allow for proper contact on the curve of the windshield. A straight edge won't clear the glass, and the brackets are supposed to help maintain contact. The bracketless blades maintain contact through tension and wind. They are usually designed with a curve that allows the wind to create additional pressure while driving down the road. This helps create a clean sweep.
Quick note, regardless of what type of blades you use, free the rubber from ice BEFORE you turn on the wipers! I don't know how many blades I've replaced that were completely torn because the rubber was stuck to ice. It takes a second and will save you time and money.
If you would like someone to help you out, give us a call! We would be happy to come by and put wiper blades on for you wherever you are!
Cold weather, your tires and you
I know, it sounds like a cheesy title to an old school education film. I promise to do my best to make it a bit more interesting and no black lines from a jacked up film reel.
As the cold weather sets in, the most common thought from people is, "Are my tires okay for snow?". While that is a good question, you should also ask yourself if they are ready for the cold air. Cold temperatures affect tire traction because tires harden up in cold weather. Think, rocks for tires or sticky bubble gum. Both are extremes, but essentially, a happy place in between both is what tire manufacturers go for. A soft tire creates greater traction because it allow for greater friction between surfaces. The downside is, too soft a tire and too much friction means tires wear out fast. So, tire manufacturers have developed ways to help a tire last longer with more traction, but it is still limited.
Happy Fall to everyone! Ahhh the season of cool evenings and warm days. The sights and smells of fall are always enjoyable, however, vehicle concerns are not! We have recently acquired diagnostic tools for servicing check engine lights, abs lights and airbag lights. Perhaps you've already done the work and you need someone to clear the light? We do that too!
Did you know that you are more likely to experience a check engine light or service engine soon light in this type of weather? The reason is, the cool air can cause things like egr valves, iac valves and other emission sensors to stick. They get coated with carbon that becomes sticky when cold. This affects the performance of these parts. When they don't perform properly, malfunction lights come on.
Erik and Jennifer are the owner/operators of Mobile Service Pros. We enjoy working with our customers and community.