PowerEdge wiper tips to keep drivers safe this winter

Now is the time to replace a set of wiper blades

As winter draws in, PowerEdge, the replacement parts offering supported by DENSO Aftermarket, provides some useful tips to reduce winter driving anxiety and keep drivers safe on the roads during the worst of the cold weather.

It’s more important than ever for drivers to assess and potentially replace the wiper blades of their vehicles, as they’re one of its most safety critical components. This is particularly important because the ultra-violet rays from the sun during the long days of summer can cause damage to the rubber wiping element of the blade, so these will need to be checked to ensure they are in good condition.

Gently clean the rubber blade edge with a damp cloth or sponge to remove any dirt or residue. Check along its length for any imperfections in the rubber, particularly at either end that it has not split. Ensure that the rubber element returns to a central position and is not flipped over and set in one direction. If the blade fails any of these checks, it should be replaced.

Using the washer spray or a mister bottle to spray the glass, operate the wipers and check that there are no uncleared areas, water smears or multiple streaks that impair vision. Any light misting remaining after the wipe should disappear quickly. Naturally, blades that leave streaks or smears should be replaced.

It’s also important to make sure the blade is securely fixed to the wiper arm. The blade should rotate freely, parallel with the wiper arm, to allow it to flex over the screen, but there should be no wobbling or movement perpendicular to the arm. This movement can be a sign of wear from the blades flipping over and could eventually cause the blades to come apart during use. Naturally, if the blade shows excessive movement, replace it immediately.

In addition to the wipers themselves, the surface they run over needs to be checked, so ensure the windscreen is thoroughly cleaned using warm water or specialist glass cleaning fluid. In particular pay attention to the areas at the top and bottom of the wiping area, as dirt and debris collect there. Also check the glass for any cracks or chips, as these are a safety hazard in their own right, but can also damage the wiper blade rubber.

Despite these best practice tips, as a wiper blade naturally wears, the time will inevitably come when the vehicle’s wiper blades will need replacing, which is where PowerEdge steps in with a new range of competitively priced products, backed by the class leading sales, service and logistical support of DENSO Aftermarket, one of Europe’s premium replacement parts suppliers. PowerEdge wiper blades are available in two types – flat and conventional (lengths from 350-700mm).

Developed in accordance with demanding design standards and component usage, and therefore able to withstand the demands of varied conditions, the products are meticulously crafted to deliver unmatched durability, reliability and performance.

As a result, PowerEdge is the perfect option for drivers that are looking for durable and cost effective components that meet the requirements of the growing need for mid-price, high quality product solutions.

To ensure the correct specification replacement blade is identified and the ideal option selected, visit the PowerEdge E-catalogue.

To see how easy it is to install PowerEdge wiper blade, follow the PowerEdge video instructions.

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