Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - February 2011


Have you ever tried to change your wiper blades on your vehicle? This is one of those things I was very challenged with. A couple of years ago I was doing some filming at the Weather Network for Be Car Care Aware and one of the scripts called for me to show how to change a wiper blade. I thought to myself "oh my god, I don't even know how to do this". So the cameraman had to show me how to do it! So if you are ever watching the Weather Network and you see this 1 minute segment you'll know that I had only just learned how to do itJ Now that I know, it's really not that difficult. Although there are some vehicles that are much more difficult to change.

Also, just wanted to let you know I am booking Ladies Car Care Clinics for the spring so if you know of someone who might want to go tell them to check out the dates at and sign up!


This month's topic: Wiper Blade Changeover


Changing our wiper blades is something we don't always think about until it's raining or snowing and we can't really see out our windshield very well. A lady at one of my car care clinics told me she has the shop swap her wiper blades since the drivers side wears out quicker. Let me tell you that's a myth. Both wipers wear out at the same time.

As I mentioned in the "Did you know" section, wiper blades should be changed every six months. The reasoning behind this is that the heat dries the rubber out and the cold makes the rubber brittle. If you have a rear windshield wiper don't forget about that as well. You can buy blades that are designed specifically for winter to keep ice from forming in the frame. Winter wiper blades are also a thicker rubber usually. A good tip in the winter is if you know there is going to be a snowstorm lift your wipers before you go in. This will make it easier to clean your windshield when you come out. (See the photo below for what I mean.)

Have you ever used windshield washer fluid to clear the frost off of your windshield in the morning? If so, this is hard on your wiper motors because of the increased resistance the frost creates. So get your ice scraper out! Also, make sure you keep a jug of windshield washer fluid in your vehicle so that you don't run out in the middle of a snow storm. If you switch to the summer windshield washer fluid make sure in the fall you get the winter fluid in there so that it doesn't freeze. When the wipers are frozen to our windshield and we try to pull them up to clean it, this is how we sometimes rip the rubber blade.

Windshield wipers are an important aspect of our driving safety so give them some TLC. (Tender loving care) If you buy the wipers at your local Active Green and Ross a technician will be able to install them for you quickly so that you don't have to fiddle with them.


Take care of your car and it will take care of you!




You are supposed to change your wiper blades every six months. Spring is just around the corner so you might to think about changing your wiper blades.


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