New Windshield, New Windshield Wipers!

So, are you going to get your broken windshield replaced? Along with the replacement of your old or cracked windshield glass, you also need to change a few other parts. One of these is the windshield wipers. When it comes to auto glass installation, you should not just seek the help of an expert, but you should also remain fully aware of what other parts need to be changed. That is why it is crucial to carefully listen to your auto glass technician when he or she tells you to replace something along with the auto window replacement. This is meant to enhance your safety while you are driving on the road and avoid accidents and injuries.

Experts say that windshield wipers are one of the most important parts in your car, SUV, or truck. A bad pair of wipers will drastically reduce visibility on the road, leading to collisions and road accidents. At SIR Auto Glass in Portland Metro Area, we specialize in auto window repair and auto windshield replacement as well as windshield wipers replacement with high accuracy.

Importance of Windshield Wipers

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Though windshield wipers look small, they perform a significant job. By removing rain, dust, dirt and debris from the automotive glass of your vehicle, the car wipers keep you safe on the road. A windshield wiper is composed of three parts including the base, the arm and the blade. The arms move across the windscreen or windshield with the power of the windshield wiper motor.

As the wiper blades move, they clear the automotive glass and give the driver a clearer and better view of the road.

All windshield wipers have to cope with the day-to-day wear and tear. Over time, the car wipers lose their efficiency and fail to deliver the expected results. There are multiple reasons for the wipers not functioning in a proper manner. Usually, it is the road debris and UV rays that cause the most damage to windscreen wipers. When the wipers are not flexible and functional anymore, it is time for their replacement. Whether or not you use the wipers on an everyday basis, you will still need to replace your windshield wipers with new ones regularly.

At Sir Auto Glass, we recommend changing your wiper blades every time you get a car windshield replacement. The lifespan of windshield wipers ranges from six months to one year. It is important to keep an eye out for the condition of the wipers and get them replaced in a timely manner.

Getting a New Windshield?

A high quality, correctly installed windshield is essential for keeping yourself and other occupants of the car safe on the road. If you have spotted a blemish, chip or crack on your automotive glass, you should immediately schedule its inspection with a trained professional or auto glass company.

If you live in the Portland Metro area, you should head over to SIR Auto Glass for a thorough assessment of your auto glass damage. Our professionals will inspect the damage in a proper manner and then come up with the most ideal solution, which could be a repair or a total replacement. The goal is to restore the structural strength of the vehicle so that you do not remain exposed to safety hazards. A damaged windshield takes a toll on the strength of the vehicular frame and this can result in serious injuries in the event of a rollover or accident.

Therefore, it is extremely important to not ignore even a small blemish on the windscreen of your car or SUV and get it fixed as quickly as possible. You can either visit us at our shop or if you are too busy, you can also avail yourself of our mobile auto glass repair and mobile windshield replacement in Portland, Gresham, Tualatin, Lake Oswego and Wilsonville.

As you get a new windshield installation done, you should also get new windshield wipers, as old wipers can damage the new glass. It is important to get old and worn out wiper blades in a timely manner.

When to Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades

When you schedule a car window repair or windshield replacement with an auto glass company, you should definitely think of other replacements including the windshield wiper blades replacement.

Even if you do not use the car or SUV wipers daily, the wipers will need replacement after every 6-12 months. However, this is a rule of the thumb and you may need to replace the wipers before that as well. Actually, the time for replacement will be determined by looking at the conditions of the wipers. Based on the weather conditions the wipers have remained exposed to, they might get worn out in less than 6 months or a year. It is for the technician to evaluate the quality and condition of the wipers and replace them with new ones as per need.

Given below are some common signs that your old windshield wipers need changing along with the windshield replacement.

  • Squeaking sound when wipers move
  • Wiper skips as it moves
  • Streaking and gaps of moisture left by wipers
  • Reduced visibility
  • Cracks or tears in wiper blades

Most windshield wipers will not last for more than a year. If your wipers have worn out or the blades have cracks, they will lose flexibility and functionality. If you only get a new auto glass installation and do not change the car wipers, the damaged blades will also damage the new windshield. If you want to ask a question in this regard, feel free to talk to one of our experts at SIR Auto Glass.

Reasons to Change Your Windshield Wipers on a Regular Basis

If your windshield wipers have worn out or you are getting a windshield replacement, do not forget to change your wipers too. Just because you do not use the wipers on a daily basis doesn’t mean the wipers don’t need to be replaced. Here are some key reasons why you should replace wipers regularly.

Improved Visibility

The main role of windshield wipers is to keep the windshield clear so that there is an obstruction in visibility on the road. When you drive during the rainy season, the wipers work continuously to provide clear visibility. If the car wipers wear out or get damaged, you will have reduced visibility.

If you want better visibility during harsh weather, you should not forget to replace your old wipers with new ones.

Windshield Protection

A windshield wiper has three components – base, arm and blade. When the rubber gets damaged, the metal arm starts to touch the windshield when moving. As a result of this, the windshield develops scratches. If the damages are severe, you will need to go for a complete windshield glass replacement. Just by replacing your worn-out wipers in a timely manner, you will be able to prevent the windshield from getting scratched, thereby extending the life of the auto glass.

Easy Installation

The best thing about windshield wipers change is that the installation is fast and easy. If you have an expert technician by your side, you will be able to get the job done in a few minutes with a high level of accuracy.


It is not expensive to install a new set of wiper blades. Compared with the cost of an auto windshield replacement, the cost of a wiper installation is very low-cost. Since the wipers do not cost much, replacing them with new ones is not a problem. Regular wiper changes will bring a number of benefits.

Wipers Wear Out

Whether or not you use the wipers every day, the condition of this component will get bad over time. While it is a good practice to give the wipers proper cleaning, you should never ignore worn-out wipers. If the wipers are not flexible enough or the rubber in the arm has deteriorated, it is definitely time for a replacement. The best advice is to get new wipers along with your windscreen replacement so that the new glass does not get damaged or scratched quickly.

Whether you drive a car, SUV, or truck, you should always keep in mind not to continue using bad windshield wipers. As soon as you find the wipers are not effective like before, you should get a replacement.

How to Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

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If you plan for better visibility and safe driving, you should never forget to get your car windshield wipers replaced on a regular basis. Since there are different types of wipers fitted in cars and SUVs, the procedure for their replacement also varies. Here are the three types of wiper blades:

  • Hook-Mount Blades
  • Clip-On Blades
  • Pin-Mount Blades

When it comes to replacing windshield wipers, you should always get the job done by a trained professional. Resist the temptation to do it yourself, as the steps for replacing different types of wipers are different. For an amateur, it is easy to make mistakes and end up damaging the windshield.

At SIR Auto Glass, we have highly trained technicians for the correct replacement of all types of windshield wipers.

The trickiest part during a windshield wiper replacement is the protection of the auto windshield. Based on which type of wipers you have, our specialists will follow the right procedure to complete the replacement. First, the technician will remove the old wiper blades by pushing down the latch release tab and then pulling down the blade. After unpacking the new wiper blades, he or she will open the blade cover in order to start the installation. If these are simple wiper blades, there will be no need to use the included adapter, which is a small device. The adapter sits in the center of the back of the wiper blade. If adapters are used, the technician will position it in a proper manner, facing the new windshield glass.

Now, it is time to place the wiper arm’s hookshot in its correct position. After pulling the wiper blade upward, the adapter will be secured. The blades can either be framed or frameless. If they are without a frame, the technician will snap back the cover tab and finish the installation.

Keep Your Windshield Wipers Clean

If you want your wipers to last long, you should give them proper attention. Keeping them clean will not just extend their lifespan, but it will also improve their performance when in use. Cleaning the windshield wipers is not difficult and you can do it with clean rags and soapy water.

It is common for windshield wipers to collect dust, dirt and grime over time. If the wipers are not cleaned on a regular basis, the deposits of dust and dirt will only increase and take their toll. The actual problem is that the deposits will not only damage the wiper blades, but they will also spread across the windshield. As a result, you will face reduced visibility on the road. Using warm and soapy water, you can clean every part of the car windshield wiper.

It is a good idea to apply rubbing alcohol to clean all the dust and debris trapped in the wiper blades. Post-cleaning, you should apply a small amount of petroleum jelly on the blades so they remain nourished.

Need a New Windshield Installation?

If your windshield has got a chip or crack, it is time for an inspection by a trained auto glass technician. SIR Auto Glass is an ideal destination where you will find expertly trained technicians to repair or replace a broken windshield glass. We specialize in auto glass repair, window crack repair, windshield repair, and rear window replacement as well as windshield wiper replacement. If you are getting an auto glass installation, we recommend you change the old wipers too. Our auto glass services are designed to serve clients in Portland, Beaverton, Lake Oswego, Oregon City, Gresham, and Wilsonville. Do not forget to avail yourself of our mobile automotive glass repair and replacement services at no extra cost.

For your free consultation and windshield replacement quote, you can give us a phone call or send us an email.