Automotive Maintenance And Detailing


Automotive Maintenance And Detailing

Rubber Wiper Blade

 The car rubber wiper blade is another equipment that is important to the visibility of the driver. Lack of maintenance will affect the quality of the rubber that is the main component. Each round of replacing costs differ depending on the brand and type. If it is a well-known brand, pay a lot. And if it is a cheaper after-market product, it may not be durable in the long run.

rubber wiper blade

The production of a wiper blade for automobiles today uses modern production technology. The manufacturers have adjusted the formula of the chemical ingredient to produce appropriately. To get a quality product that is suitable for use in areas with different temperatures, such as minus to above 50 degrees Celsius or more.

The countries that have produced a lot of wipers are mostly in the Asian region. Southeast Asia countries are the world’s largest rubber tree plantation. Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China are great of rubber plantations. It produces hundreds of millions of wipers each year. And these manufacturers sell their products to well-known wiper blade manufacturers in America and Europe.

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South East Asian countries, rubber wood plantation area
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Para [rubber] wood tree in Thailand, raw material of rubber wiper blade

Wiper Blade business

The most car which sells in the world uses the wiper blades made from Asia. The famous wiper blade manufacturers and sellers will buy only rubber pieces for assembling with the wiper arm frame. And therefore set a very worth selling price.

The selling price from Asian manufacturers is very low-priced, less than 30 cents per piece. European manufacturers have set up production plants in these countries to reduce the cost of producing their products and to compete with competitors.

Rubber wipers have many chemicals mixed in their production formula to make a rubber wiper, such as carbon black, sulfur, zinc, graphite. These chemical formulas make the wiper blades are durable to different operating conditions.

Other types of wipers, they are not made from rubber. It is a wiper blade made of silicone. The silicone wiper blade is of a different quality than a rubber wiper made from rubber. It is more durable and removes rainwater from the windshield better. Have a higher price because they produce it from synthetic rubber.

Size and Type

The wiper blades come in many sizes, measured in inches. Popular sizes for cars are 12 “, 14”, 16 “, 18″, up to 28”, or more for trucks, huge vehicles.

There are many types of wipers that depend on the use and the vehicle. Each design has the characteristics of the wiper structure differently, such as spoiler type. There are characteristics like spoilers to trap the air. It helps to give air pressure to the blade, allowing them to closer to the glass as much as possible.

Flat wiper shape is the most popular in new car models. It has a flat shape but with a robust internal steel structure. The exterior looks like a spoiler, increasing pressure on the windshield.


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Flat wiper blade with spoiler shape

  Standard or conventional wiper type, general use, this type has a steel structure, shaped like a hanger. It uses on regular vehicles. Easy operation. There is attached to the wiper rod of the car in the shape of a hook. Convenient to change by the car owner.

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Conventional wiper blade, generally used in most cars

Wiper blade refill, the rubber wiper blade is sold separately for use with the original brush frame. It allows car owners to reduce costs further. Replacing may be tough more than replacing the whole arm. It is because of having to remove the old blade and rubber wipers first, which requires tools such as pliers. Then put in new wiped rubber. However, changing like this may cause the frame to bent and do not create pressure on the windshield as usual. Therefore, it is best to change a whole new wiper blade.


 To clean the wiper blade, you should clean the wiper blade periodically, maybe once a month.
Because it installs outside the car, specks of dirt such as rain, insects, bird droppings will stick to the rubber. Dirt that sticks will make the rubber blade working ineffectively.
The method of cleaning is as follow
1. Prepare warm, clean, and soapy water to soak a piece of cloth.
2. Lift the wiper blade, then rub the cloth over the entire length of the rubber blade.
3. You should rub at least 2-3 times till it cleans.
4. Try to turn on the switch of the wiper blade to see if the rubber wipes the windscreen well, no streaks or dirt left on it.

When do we need to replace a new wiper blade?.

Regularly, the wiper blade will last 2-3 years, depending on the condition of use. Users should consider replacing a new wiper blade.

Check if the rubber is torn out or not. And wiping water out of the windshield is still good or not. If the blade cannot wipe out thoroughly even after cleaning, replace it.

Car steel wiper arm and blade In this picture, show its frame structure. There is a hook shape on the wiper arm. It just slides the wiper blade off and replaces it with a new one.


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