NAPA Visibility

For Safety and the Best Visibility:

  • Wiper blades should be changed every six to twelve months. However, weather seasonal and environmental conditions may require longer or shorter replacement intervals.
  • Check your wiper blades for these signs of wear:
    • Cracked Rubber… Look for splits and slashes, evidence of a hard wiper life.
    • Torn Rubber… Element has pulled away from its metal support, slaps windshield on each wiping pass.
    • Abrasion-Worn Rubber… Worn down, ragged edges from winter conditions or infrequent rubber element refilling.
    • Park Set Rubber… Hardened rubber element caused by direct sunlight and extreme temperature changes when wipers are idle. Rubber with little or no flexibility causes chatter and skips across windshield.
    • Contaminated Rubber… Usually caused by road film or chemicals adhering to rubber refill surface.
    • Improperly Installed Refill… Refill too short or not properly installed loses its effectiveness and may result in a scratched windshield.
    • Damaged Superstructure…Bent arm, blade or refill is a dead giveaway, caused by ice scrapers and car wash equipment.
  • NAPA recommends always replacing your wiper blades and headlamps in pairs with the same type and by the same manufacturer. As not all are created equal, this will help to ensure you have the safest and best visibility when driving.
  • To enable your wiper blades to last longer NAPA recommends cleaning your windshield every time you fill up your gas tank. You should wipe off the rubber element with a damp paper towel to clear away any dirt or debris. Always, use an ice scraper or defroster to de-ice your windshield, and not your wiper blades. Also, to prevent wiper blades from sticking to the windshield and ice build up during the winter, pull them away from your windshield.
  • It is very important to keep a close eye on how your car lights are functioning. A good way to remember to do this is to align your inspection with a holiday, daylight savings time, or every oil change. Many motorists don’t know there’s a problem until someone points it out to them.
  • If you need to replace a light, look in your owner’s manual to identify the type of headlamp your vehicle uses. In general, there are two kinds of headlamps—sealed beam and composite. Sealed beam lights are common in older cars, while composite lights are found in newer models and contain special housing with a removable halogen or xenon bulb.
  • When installing a halogen lamp, you should always handle with care and grasp the lamp by the plastic base only as the halogen bulb contains gas under pressure and the lamp may shatter if the bulb is scratched or dropped.

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