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Replace Wiper Blades for Safety

May 28, 2004

Are you tired of smearing, screeching and chattering wiper blades? Do you dread another rainy drive without the benefit of an unobstructed view of the road? Buy a set of wiper blades and install them yourself. It takes only a few minutes, and simple instructions are right on the box.

Before you begin, here are two suggestions:

*You can make the wiper blade more accessible by stopping it in the most convenient location with the ignition key. Don't use the wiper on-off switch, as it causes the wipers to stop in their parked position.

*Look for replacement rubber squeegees to avoid the cost of buying the entire blade and holder. They're usually easily installed and can restore wiping action, as long as the rest of the components are OK.

15 percent of the vehicles passing through check lanes during National Car Care Month failed because of worn windshield wiper blades. The normal life expectancy of the rubber squeegee is six to 12 months. That's reason enough to learn to do it yourself.
 Car Care Council
"Be Car Care Aware" is a consumer education campaign about the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair. An integrated marketing and public relations campaign will build awareness and knowledge to prepare consumers to make sensible decisions about their vehicles. Built around three key message areas of safety, dependability and pride of ownership, the campaign is spearheaded by the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA), with the Car Care Council serving as the brand and messaging source.

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