Winter wreaks havoc on our vehicles. Imagine parked on the side of the road, working hard to clear ice and snow from your wipers in below freezing temperatures. Unfortunately, we sometimes get stuck in near white out conditions. For those of us who live in cold, snowy climates, we have all experienced this at least once in our lives! To avoid these dangerous situations from happening, it is important to keep our vehicles healthy. Always choose top quality winter fluids and heated wiper blades.
What are heated wiper blades? Construction is simple and practical. There are standardized heating elements, wrapped inside the windshield wipers. These emit heat right through the silicone blade to stop ice, snow, and frozen dirt build-up. There is another heating element that keeps the hinges and swivel areas of the heated wiper frame clear. When it comes time to change out the wiper blades, simply unplug the old ones and plug in the replacements.
How to Install
With the right tools, know-how, and manufacturers instruction guide the installation takes one to five hours. You might just wish to reach out to a friend or hire a mechanic.
This helpful YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJo2moMwuNY is one of many how-to guides on putting in place heated wiper blades. Always use the installation information from the manufacturer. After purchasing the kit, look for the optional switch and extra supplies. The next step is to check and assemble the supplies and tool you will need.
- Heated wiper blade kit
- Optional switch, if the kit does not contain one
- Tap A Fuse Mini
- 10A Fuses
- Red & Blue crimp wire connectors
- 2 Larger eye rings
- 18 Gauge Wire
- Wire cutters & Stripper
- 10mm socket & ratchet with very long extension
- Small Pliers, I used my Leatherman a lot
- Mid-Size narrow width Knife
- Plastic panel remover (Anything metal will likely chip paint) & crimper
- 5/16 Drill Bit & Drill
Just flip the switch of the heated wiper blades mounted to your dash. The blades will do all the work de-icing your windshield!
The correct antifreeze is a valuable tool in keep the vehicle running properly. Water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit; therefore, the radiator needs antifreeze. Antifreeze is a mixture of water and propylene glycol or ethylene glycol. It prevents the vehicle from freezing or overheating which would result in serious mechanical problems, such as a cracked radiator or engine. As a side benefit, antifreeze helps stop formation in the engine and heater parts. This protects the vehicle so select quality fluids all the time.
We can see right away when the heated wiper blades are not working. The build-up is right on the glass. If the antifreeze is not working, we may not even notice it. Stay vigilant and make it a habit of caring for your car. It is as easy as stopping for gasoline. At the gas station make it a practice to check the wiper blades and the fluids. It will save you money, time, frustration, and hassle in the long run.