Windshield Wipers

There's more to a windshield wiper than just the wiper blades. There's a motor, gears, linkages, blades, and the control inside the vehicle. Newer vehicles might also have "rain sensing" wipers, which include more components than a traditional setup. Of course, Southeast Auto Service has the wiper blades for your vehicle when you need to replace them.

Wiper blades are like squeegees. The arms of the wiper drag a thin rubber strip across the windshield to clear away the water. When the blade is new, the rubber is clean and has no nicks or cracks. It wipes the water away without leaving streaks. When the wiper blades age, nicks or cracks form, road grime builds up on the edge and it doesn't make as tight a seal against the window, so it leaves streaks.

Note: Sometimes you can get a little extra life out of your wiper blade by wiping the edge with a cloth soaked in window cleaner until no more dirt comes off the blade.

The inventor of the windshield wipers was Mary Anderson from Alabama. While Mary found herself to be a passenger on a streetcar on New York, she was aware that the driver had to periodically stop and wipe the windows. On some occasions the driver would open the windows so that he/she could see to drive. When drivers were subject to inclement weather such as snowstorms, they were inclined to stop the vehicle. This was done so that they were able to wipe the snow off of the windshield and windows. With this situation in mind, Mary invented the windshield wipers in 1903 and a patent was issued in 1905. By 1916, the windshield wipers were a standard feature on all American cars.