The Don’t List for Windshield Wipers & Motors

Don’t leave your wipers on when you turn off your car.

Turning your wipers off when you’ve parked the car is the safest thing to do.  If your wipers turn on when your windshield is frozen you can damage your wiper system.

Don’t hose off an icy windshield with your garden hose… or with a hot cup of water from the house. 

We don’t recommend it as the windshield could crack.

On choosing correct wiper blades… probably not generic

Life expectancy of a windshield wiper blade is about three to six months around here; we all know it rains in Seattle. 

We understand you’d like to save money on blades, since you’ll be buying them every few months. 

But allow us to warn you… not every wiper blade is built for every car. 

You may be tempted to grab a set of generic wiper blades from a big box store. We get the temptation. But these sale-blades don’t always fit the car you’re driving… this is especially true for Hondas and many other vehicles, which have a specific shape of windshield.

A word about RainX, or other watershield treatment products

So people use Rain X on their windshields because it’s supposed to help bead the water off for some nice clear visibility. 

A word to the wise: once you begin using a product like this, you’re committed to keep using it. Once the product  starts to wear off, the visibility gets very bad and possibly unsafe. Blurry, smeary, just bad. So once you begin, you must be aware that you have to reapply, reapply, reapply.

So it’s not a one and done with those products. It’s a get started… and keep going… indefinitely.

Ready for more posts about car maintenance? 

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Check your wiper blades at least every 30K Miles!

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I went to Tom's yesterday to get my car diagnosed and it was a great experience. First, they were all booked with appointments but they still said to come by and they would try and get me in. Within 10 minutes, they informed me what the issue could be, looked up the warranty on my car and instructed me on how to talk to the dealership to get the issue fixed. I was impressed by the genuine care and empathy I received and I will definitely go back if I have another issue.

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posted 3 days ago

It is with pleasure that I share my experience with Tom’s Automotive in West Seattle. In expedited response to the service engine light indicator I drove to their reliable and expert shop. They were kind enough to take the time to read the codes and source the issue to low radiator fluid. I had just had BMW Seattle perform an oil service and complete top off of fluids a few days ago, which they obviously failed to do! Obviously I was unable to schedule the oil service with Tom’s due to my schedule. Tom’s Automotive service to the rescue! They are simply the BEST at what they do!

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posted 1 month ago

I had a snag on my latch to open my car hood and John at Toms was very helpful at fixing the problem. He also graciously replaced both of my headlight bulbs while he checked to make sure everything was good to go! Awesome service and will be taking my business to Tom’s from now on.