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5 Indicators That It's Time To Replace Your Wiper Blades

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

A wiper blade is an accessory that many people overlook. Meanwhile, poor visibility contributes significantly to the probability of a car collision. Purchasing high-quality blades and replacing them on a regular basis will keep you and your family safer on the road. Furthermore, it has the potential to save money in the long run. Here are 5 indicators that it's time to replace your wiper blades, as well as some pointers on how to select the best wipers set.

1. Skipping

If your wiper blades bounce over the windshield instead of wiping the water away smoothly, it's not because they're worn out; instead, it's an indication that they're not tight enough. It frequently occurs in hot and dry climates: the blade "freezes" in one place due to sunlight and cannot flip when the wiper changes direction.

In that situation, blade replacement is required. We recommend using wipers made of a combination of natural and artificial rubber rather than just natural rubber wipers. In comparison to natural rubber, synthetic rubber is more resistant to UV damage and "setting."

2. Streaks

The wipers that are producing streaks on the windshield may just need to be cleaned with a soft cloth. If the streaking persists after removing the dirt, this indicates that the rubber part has worn out and must be replaced. Such flaws are common in conventional wipers, where the pressure applied to the windshield surface becomes uneven.

This ensures that the pressure is consistent along the whole length of the wiper blade. As a result, the wipers operate more smoothly, quietly, and consistently at greater vehicle speeds and during heavy use - just when we need them most!

3. Squeaking

Squeaking is not only annoying, but it may also indicate that the wipers were not put properly. They were either placed incorrectly or the wiper arm does not work properly. The wiper does not fit evenly on the windshield, resulting in poor functioning. First and foremost, inspect and, if feasible, correct the pressure on the blade arm. If the problem persists, the wipers must be replaced with ones that meet stricter standards.

4. Smearing

Smearing can occur when your windscreen is too dirty for the rubber blade to clear, such as when insects or grime are present. Such debris makes it impossible for the blade to fit uniformly against the glass, causing the windscreen to get dirty and reducing visibility. If smearing persists after cleaning the windscreen, the rubber part is most likely damaged, then it's time to replace your wipers.

5. Damage

Aside from the warning indications listed above, any damage to the blades will impair their functionality. It is critical to pay close attention to rubber damage, such as chipping produced by the use of frosty glass, mechanical peel, or detachment of the rubber element from the arm. The construction is also critical; bent or damaged wipers must be replaced quickly.

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