Wipe away your trou­bles

Shepparton News - Shepparton Car Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The wind­screen washer/wiper sys­tem is prob­a­bly the most ne­glected com­po­nent in the car’s make up and can be a con­tribut­ing fac­tor in ac­ci­dents.

A few ba­sic rules can min­imise the way that the sys­tem con­trib­utes to an ac­ci­dent and can help you drive safely.

• Do not wipe a dry screen. Dust ac­cu­mu­lates on the screen through static build up and wip­ing it not only causes the wiper blades to wear but scratches the screen sur­face.

• Use the wind­screen wash­ers, par­tic­u­larly in light rain and even if you have an in­ter­mit­tent wiper sys­tem.

• When the car is cleaned, wash the wiper blades as well be­cause in­sects and other things can make the blades ad­here to the wind­screen.

• When fill­ing the washer bot­tle add a screen cleaner, don’t use wash­ing up liq­uid. Grease and oil gets on the screen and needs a sol­vent to pre­vent smear.

• Al­ways clean the screen when you fill up as this saves wear and tear on the wipers.

• Fi­nally, re­place those blades once a year. Re­mem­ber, re­plac­ing the blades even be­fore they wear out, is less costly than re­plac­ing a screen.

For more ad­vice on any­thing au­to­mo­tive. Con­tact Dar­ryl Twitt Ford on 5821 9477 or call in at Be­nalla Road Shep­par­ton.

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