Don't Neglect Your Wipers, Lights & Windshields!
Updated: Jan 13
Sometimes, the small things on your vehicle can start to go wrong. And although they seem small, they can mean big problems for your car and your wallet. In this article, we will talk about some things that can go awry when it comes to your lights, windshields, and wipers. Let's jump in!
Why does my windshield keep cracking?
When your windshield cracks, it's never a happy sight and can be expensive to replace. Aside from objects hitting your windshield, if you're noticing cracks forming out of what seems to be nowhere, it could be temperature-related.
Depending on the area you live in, extreme temperature changes can cause cracks. For example, if you put a drinking glass in extremely hot water and then place it immediately into ice-cold water, the glass will shatter.
Windshields are made of glass, which means they are susceptible to the same types of damage, even though they are thicker and larger than an everyday drinking glass. In extremely hot or cold weather, try slowly warming up your defroster so that way it doesn't stress the glass.
Even small rocks and pebbles can cause your windshield to get cracked or chipped. Keeping a safe distance from the vehicles around you will help prevent damage like that from happening and help your wallet.
Why do my wipers make noise?
Have you ever gone to use the windshield wipers and they make a weird noise? Almost like a chirping or chattering noise? Well if this sound is a constant for you, then it could be due to a few different things.
First, it could be that the size of your wipers are an incorrect fit for your specific vehicle. Your trusted mechanic can let you know if you have the right fit for the shape of your windshield.
The second issue could be that your windshield is really dirty and not allowing the wipers to glide across your windshield smoothly or it could be your wipers themselves.
Lastly, the wipers may be damaged. Sometimes in production and delivery, products can be damaged or have small imperfections that throw off the performance.
Another helpful tip is to never use your wipers on a dry windshield, this will create too much friction causing your wipers to dull faster and damage the blades. Finding replacement blades is easy and your trusted mechanic will be able to replace them for you fast and easy.
Why do my headlights dim when I brake?
Lights dimming can be a scary thing to encounter especially while driving. It's easy to jump to the conclusion that your car is about to die on you, which could be the case, but if your lights are dimming specifically when you hit the brakes causing your headlights to dim, this could mean that there is a short in the wiring that is causing your brake lights to conduct too much power.
Another option is that your power regulator is going bad. In this case, it would also make the headlights dim when you brake. If the dimming includes the dashboard lights, this is a sign that you may be in need of a new battery or alternator.
Checking bulbs and checking lenses for cracks, moisture and clarity regularly is a great habit to get into. If you notice any issues, your mechanic will be able to replace your bulbs and clean or replace your lenses if need be. Staying on top of this is an easy but efficient way to keep you and other drivers safe while on the road.
What does it mean when a light comes on my dashboard?
Dashboard lights can be confusing. There are so many different lights that mean so many different things. Do you know what the colors and steady versus blinking mean?
A steady light indicates an issue that needs to be checked out right away. Depending on what the indicator light is, this could mean pulling over your car and calling for assistance, before an accident happens or further damage is done to your engine. Depending on the make of the vehicle this indicator could glow red, instead of the typical yellow or orange light.
If the light is blinking then it means that the issue that was found isn't a cause for sudden alarm but should be checked out in the near future to avoid further damage.
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