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6 Common signs that it's time to replace your windscreen wiper blades and how to do it yourself

Updated: Apr 6, 2023


Wiper blades

Wiper blades are an essential part of any vehicle, as they help to clear the windshield and improve visibility while driving. Over the course of time wiper blades become worn and ineffective which can reduce visibility and be dangerous while driving. It's important to regularly check your wiper blades and replace them when necessary. Fortunately, replacing wiper blades is a simple process that can be done by most people with basic hand tools. In this guide we will tell you the common signs that it's time to replace your wiper blades and how to do it yourself.


1. Streaking or smudging:


If the blades leave streaks or smudges on the windshield, it's time to replace them. This indicates that the rubber on the blades is worn and no longer making proper contact with the windshield which can reduce visibility and can be dangerous while driving.


2. Split or cracked rubber:


If the rubber on the blades is cracked or split then it's time to replace them. Cracks or splits in the rubber can cause the blade to be less effective and make it more difficult to clear the windshield.


3. Blade is worn:


Check the rubber of the blade if it is worn down, curved or frayed, it's time to replace the blade. Worn rubber will no longer make good contact with the windshield so it will not be as effective in clearing the windshield and can cause streaking.


4. Noise:


If your wiper blades make a chattering noise when in use it's a sign that they are worn and need to be replaced. This noise is caused by the worn rubber not making a smooth contact with the windshield.


5. Hard to move:


If the blades are difficult to move or don't make full contact with the windshield it's time to replace them. This could be caused by the metal frame that holds the rubber blade being bent or rusted making it harder to move or not making proper contact with the windshield.


6. Age:


Wiper blades should be replaced at least once a year to ensure optimal performance. Over time the rubber on the blades will become dry and brittle which can cause streaking and smudging and also make it less effective in cleaning the windshield.


How to replace wiper blade yourself?


Don't worry if you don't know that how to replace your new wiper blades. It's a simple process and you can do that yourself and save labor cost. To replace your wiper blades easily, click on the link below, choose your adapter type, and then follow our step-by-step guide: AGS wiper blade installation guide


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