How to Care for Sprinter Windshield WipersChristopher Wibbe
Windshield wipers are important on all vehicles throughout the year, but especially so during the winter in a place like Utah. Beyond just moisture from snow and ice, the winter also comes with salt, slush and several additional factors the windshield wipers may have to contend with.
At Warner Vans of Utah, we’re here to help with any wiper-related issues for all your luxury Sprinter vans. Not only are our fleet shop pros always here to answer questions or provide basic checkups on things like your wipers, we can also provide you with some basic tips on how to handle a few simple wiper issues that may come up with your Sprinter. Here are some easy concepts to consider.
Part of Standard Service
First and foremost, know that wipers are absolutely part of your standard Sprinter service at our fleet shop, as mentioned above. We handle numerous areas here, from tires and alignment to a 27-point inspection we provide on a complementary basis, and wipers are included in this.
In general, we recommend having Sprinter windshield wipers replaced roughly every two years or 20,000 miles (whichever comes first). If it’s been at least this amount of time or miles since you’ve had yours inspected or changed out, bring your Sprinter in to our shop and let us take a look. Even if you aren’t noticing visible issues with your wipers right now, you’ll want to stay ahead of the game and replace them before such issues crop up, not afterward.
Wiper Ice Issues
For certain Sprinter models made between 2012 and 2015, wiper blades might be slightly more prone to icing over than other models. This can be true even when you have the defrost up very high.
If this is the case for you, especially if you’re hearing annoying noises as it happens, you should bring it into our shop for service. However, we have not seen these kinds of issues reported for newer Sprinter models dated anytime 2016 or later. If this does become an issue for one of these models, it’s possible you have a warped wiper (discussed in our next section).
In some cases, as with wipers on any kind of vehicle, your wipers might lose their alignment for a variety of reasons and not sit perpendicular on the windshield as they should. Sometimes this is due to freezing concerns, or in other cases it’s because of a rock or other impact.
In these cases, you can usually fix this on your own. Just bend the wiper stem that’s attached to the blade until the wiper sits flush on the windshield – you may have to test it once or twice using some wiper fluid.
For more on Sprinter windshield wipers, or to learn about any of our custom Sprinter vans, speak to the staff at Warner Vans of Utah today.