Leaving your windshield wipers raised in winter can potentially lead to several issues and is generally not recommended. Here are some reasons why it’s advised not to leave your windshield wipers raised during cold weather:

  1. Windshield Damage: Cold temperatures can make the rubber on the wiper blades more rigid and prone to damage. When the wipers are raised, they are exposed to the elements, including freezing temperatures, which can cause the rubber to crack or deteriorate faster.
  2. Wiper Arm Strain: Constantly lifting and lowering the wiper arms can put a strain on the wiper arm springs and the pivot points. Over time, this strain may lead to wear and tear, reducing the effectiveness and lifespan of the wiper system.
  3. Snow and Ice Buildup: Leaving the wipers raised can allow snow and ice to accumulate underneath them. When you lower the wipers, this trapped ice and snow can interfere with their proper operation, potentially causing damage to the wiper motor or linkage.
  4. Potential for Windshield Damage: If you have left the wipers raised and a heavy snowfall occurs, the weight of the snow on the wipers could cause them to press against the windshield. This pressure, combined with freezing temperatures, may lead to cracking or chipping of the windshield.
  5. Inconvenience: Having the wipers raised can be inconvenient when it comes time to clear snow and ice from your windshield. It may be more challenging to remove accumulated snow from underneath the raised wipers, and you’ll need to remember to lower them before driving.

Instead of leaving your windshield wipers raised in winter, consider the following practices:

  • Use a Windshield Cover: Invest in a windshield cover or tarp that can be placed over the windshield overnight. This helps prevent snow and ice buildup on the wipers and windshield.
  • Raise Wipers Before a Storm: If you anticipate a snowstorm, lift the wipers before the snow starts falling. This can make it easier to clear snow from the windshield and prevent the wipers from freezing to the glass.
  • Regularly Check and Replace Wiper Blades: Ensure that your wiper blades are in good condition and replace them as needed. Quality wiper blades are essential for effective windshield clearing.
  • Use a De-Icing Solution: Apply a windshield de-icing solution to prevent the buildup of ice on the windshield and wiper blades.

By following these practices, you can maintain the functionality of your windshield wipers and ensure clear visibility during winter weather conditions.