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Windshield Wiper Replacement Is Critical: Here's Why

Updated: Apr 6, 2023

When it rains, it pours, and as a result, we frequently utilize our windshield wiper blades. You're probably aware of how crucial it is to schedule frequent oil changes and tire rotations. But do you realize how critical it is to update your windshield wipers? This is a key aspect of vehicle maintenance.

When should you replace your wiper blades?

Wiper blades should be replaced every six months or if there is a change in driving visibility. They are meant to glide smoothly across the surface of your windshield. When wiper blades lose appropriate contact with the windshield surface, they may squeak, smear, or streak, limiting driving vision. Unfortunately, damaged or broken blades will not function properly.

How Do You Know If The Blades Need to Be Replaced?

Aside from the sound of the blades and the quality of the wipe, there are a few other techniques to evaluate the wiper blades for replacement:

  • Examine the squeegee's wiping edges. If the edges are worn, the wiper blade may not make strong contact with the windshield, resulting in poor wipe quality.

  • The rubber squeegee's edge has visible splits, tears, and missing parts.

  • Check to check if the rubber squeegee is still flexible. Squeegees that are too old will have difficulties adapting to the curve of your windshield, resulting in streaks.

  • To check that the wiper blade is securely mounted on the wiper arm, tug or lightly pull it. Check that the squeegee is securely attached to the wiper blade frame.

Why do wiper blades wear out so quickly?

Wiper blades deteriorate as a result of a variety of environmental variables, including:

  • Sun: Ozone depletion and ultraviolet light

  • Oil: Car waxes and exhaust contain rubber-degrading oil.

  • Debris in the air: The wind carries sand, muck, and dust.

Visibility is essential for safe driving. Although drivers rely on their wiper blades to clear away rain, sleet, and snow, many do not change them until they are most needed. Maintaining wiper blades on a regular basis can improve visibility, efficiency, and dependability. Winter is right around the corner; don't wait until you need your wipers during the first frosting and your squeegee has missing rubber components.


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