2.11.78.1, 2018-11-28 22:27:40

Wiper blades.

Tips for keeping a clear view.

If your windscreen wipers aren't working as well as they used to, it’s not necessarily time to buy new blades. Just cleaning the rubber lips on them may do the trick. Learn why less is more when it comes to cleaning, and why you should always wipe your windows down thoroughly after going through a car wash.

The three golden rules of cleaning.

  1. Rinse down the wiper blades with clean water and a soft sponge.
  2. For that pull the sponge down the blade once and only once.
  3. Less is more – you only need to clean the blades if there is visible dirt.

Did you know?


The black residue on the sponge isn't dirt, but graphite. It is applied to the rubber to help it glide across the window surface, but is worn away every time you clean it. As the amount of graphite decreases, friction increases, so you begin to notice that the windscreen isn’t cleaning as well and the blades start to judder when you use them.

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How to prevent streaks on your windscreen.

  • If your wipers leave streaks or smears behind, clean the windscreen thoroughly, preferably with the Volkswagen Genuine window cleaner. This will remove dirt and other residues, e.g. from grit.
  • Clean the wiper blades, too. If they no longer work reliably, replace them with a new pair!
  • You can tell the blades are defective by looking for rips or porous areas in the rubber. Some parts of the cleaning lip may even tear away from the rest of the blade.
  • You should change your blades once or twice a year. Volkswagen Genuine wiper blades feature an integrated wear indicator to tell you when it’s time for a new pair.
  • If the blades still judder even after you replace them, have your Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Service Partner check and adjust the angle.

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Pay attention when working with hot wax and nano sealants.

When you take your car through the car wash, a thin film of hot wax can remain on your windscreen. This can lead to smears and cause the wiper blades to judder. Always clean your windscreen and wiper blades thoroughly after going through a car wash, preferably with Volkswagen Genuine windscreen cleaning cloths. Only use cleaning solutions designed to remove wax, not grease.

Did you know?

If your windscreen is hit by small stone impacts, it can affect your view in bright sunlight and at night. But this doesn't necessarily mean you need to replace the entire panel. Ask your Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Service Partner about our fast, cost-effective Glass Repair Service. They’ll be happy to help.

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