Ensuring you have efficient windshield wipers is just as important as changing your oil and rotating your tires. It's important to inspect, maintain, and replace them regularly.
How do I know if I need new windshield wiper blades?
When your wipers start leaving streaks that obstruct your view, it's time to get new ones. Over time, wiper blades become hard and brittle, and then they begin to tear. They also lose their flexibility. If you notice a squeaking or chattering noise, this means that the rubber part of the blade has been damaged and is not making proper contact with your windshield. The more worn they become, the less effective they are at clearing the windshield. Worn wiper blades are not only a safety hazard, but they could also scratch your windshield, which is a lot more expensive to fix than buying new windshield wipers when needed.
What should I look for when inspecting my wiper blades?
As part of regular maintenance, it's important to inspect your wiper blades. Look for metal corrosion around the joints and claws. Flex the rubber on the squeegee to make sure it's flexible. Worn rubber doesn't conform to the shape of your windshield and will cause streaks. Check the wiping edges. If they are rounded, this will reduce wiping quality. Check the frame arms to see if they are attached securely. Look for tears, cracks, and missing pieces in the rubber's edge. Tug on the blade to ensure it's been properly installed on the wiper arm. If you would like help with your inspection or find any damage, contact a professional.
How often should I replace my windshield wipers?
Most of us tend to replace our windshield wipers when they are so worn, rigid, or brittle that they aren't even cleaning the windshield. They may even be falling apart. To avoid potential safety hazards or damage to your windshield, think of your wiper blades as a safety system that needs to be maintained rather than repaired. We recommended that you replace your wiper blades at least twice a year, typically in the spring and fall. This way, you are always prepared for those spring showers and winter storms.
What causes windshield wipers to deteriorate?
Most causes of wiper deterioration are directly related to environmental factors, such as UV light from the sun, saltwater, acid rain, sand, mud, and dust. All of these factors significantly affect how long your windshield wiper blades will last.
Is there any way to make my windshield wiper last longer?
Yes, there are a couple of things you can do to help extend the life of your wipers. One easy thing you can do is clean your windshield regularly. Removing any caked-on debris such as bird droppings, bugs, and dirt will keep your wipers from having to deal with too much. Most gas stations have hand-held squeegees and cleaner you can use for free. So every time you fill your tank, it's a good idea to clean your windshield as well.Whenever your car gets covered with snow or ice, take the time to scrape it from the windshield instead of using your wipers. Snow and ice can damage the rubber, causing them to wear out prematurely.Another way to help your wipers last longer is to clean the blades with a clean cloth and some rubbing alcohol. This will get rid of the dirt and grime and prevent excess wear and tear.
Where can I get new wiper blades?
You can buy new wiper blades from an auto parts store near you. If you are in the Canfield area, the best place to get them is Canfield Auto Repair Service. Click here to set up an appointment.
Visibility is fundamental to safe driving. Remembering to maintain your wiper blades regularly can maximize visibility, efficiency, and reliability. Don't wait until the next rainstorm to make sure yours are working up to par. Make it a habit to inspect and replace them, so you are always ready to drive in any weather.