WIPER BLADES AREN'T FOR CLEARING SNOW
It's cold outside, your car is buried in snow. A quick way to get that snow off your windshield is to wipe them off with your wiper blades, right? Well, it may be quicker, but it's NOT A GOOD IDEA.
To be brief, your wiper blades are attached to the wiper arm, which is then attached to the wiper motor through a series of linkages. These linkages are also known as a wiper transmission.Imagine all that snow and slush sitting on your wiper blade. When you hit that button for the wiper blades, the motor comes on and tries to move the blades through a series of linkages. The weight of the snow can be heavy for the blade to lift, and something will have to give in the linkages. Sometimes the stud at the wiper arm gets stripped, or there's damage to the linkages' pivot balls.
Either way, it could get costly and you may be looking at replacing the wiper transmission (where all the linkages are) if a repair isn't possible. Sometimes the wiper motor and transmission comes as one assembly, so the part is even more pricey.
While it's tempting to brush off that snow with the wiper blades, remember they weren't designed for that purpose! Do it the right way—manually, out in the cold. Don't forget to knock off the ice that may be built up on the wiper blade and windshield and don't forget the snow built up on the roof of your vehicle. If it is not cleared it could slide forward onto your windshield blocking your vision and causing damage to your wipers if they are in use at the time!!!
The Team at Andy's Auto Center wish everyone safe travels!