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? 

30k, 60k, 90k, 120k, 150k Inspections

Check your wiper blades at least every 30K Miles!

Timing Belts & Chains are critical to your cars performance

Schedule your next service with Tom’s Automotive Service today.

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Katie Melton
Katie Melton

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 days ago

I have nothing but good things to say about Tom's Auto! I had stopped by before and they helped with my windshield wipers, free of charge and without having been a paying customer before. That's just one example of many--they are incredibly professional, friendly and trustworthy, and they've 100% earned my business for life. They seem to genuinely want to help their clients, and to educate them on the problems. I've NEVER had a report with photos from any car-related company...ever! I love that I found a local business I can support, that I can trust and that's only a few minutes away 🙂 Thank you!

aliyah a
aliyah a

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

My car is older, a 2005 PT Cruiser and from what I was told by a previous mechanic not the easiest to work on. Tom's has kept it running very good since I started taking it there, much better than before. The professionalism and customer service are top notch as well. Never had one interaction that I could say was off or bad. And I love the lockbox option for your key if you have to pick up your vehicle after hours. I've lost my back up key so the lockbox was a lifesaver. Call or email them when you need something done. You'll be happy you did.

Lawrence Reid
Lawrence Reid

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 days ago

They were really great with their Covid set up/ distancing and cleaning measures as well as great communicating with me. Great experience all around.