Windshield wiper blades are an essential part of any vehicle. Whether it is rain, snow, dust, or leaves that are covering your windscreen, the wiper blades will quickly and efficiently clear the window, providing you a safe drive.
The lifespan of windshield wiper blades depends on the brand, the quality, and the weather conditions. Usually, they can last between 6 and 12 months. As soon as you notice bad visibility, wiper blades should be changed.
Here are the most common signs that your wiper blades need replacing:
1. Scratching sound
If the spongy replaceable blades on the wipers wear down or are damaged, you might hear an annoying metal-on-glass sound during each swipe. As soon as you notice this unusual sound, replace the wiper blades immediately in order to prevent other damages.
If you’ve not used your wiper blades in a while, the blades can become worn out causing skipping across your windscreen. It also requires immediate attention.
Good working blades should clear the rainwater from the windscreen easily. This means there should be no streaks of water where the blade has failed to make contact with the glass. Sometimes a loose chip from the road can strike a blade, causing it to become damaged. Also, everyday use will cause it to lose its shape, and the snug fit against the windscreen will also be lost.
4. Dirty windshields
If even after applying windshield washer fluid, your wipers are just making a mess on the windscreen rather than wipe away dirt and bugs, then replace the old ones with a new set.
5. Bent Frames
The metal part of your wipers can get bent or damaged for all sorts of reasons, for example, the ice in winter. Even rough handling of the wiper blades when you wipe them down can bend them. If the frame or the blade is bent, it won’t make contact with your windshield properly, and even if the blades seem to be working fine, sooner or later you will need to replace them.
6. Season Changes
Before winter always replace the old wipers with specially designed winter blades even if they are in good condition. The ice and snow may damage regular wiper blades much easier than those manufactured to withstand cold temperatures and frozen windshields.
How can I make my wiper blades last longer?
To get the most out of your wiper blades:
- Keep your windscreen clean and free of debris
- Always scrape away any ice or snow before using your wipers
- Keep washer fluid topped up
- Park in the shade
- Only use your wipers when the windscreen is wet.
Don’t forget to check your rear windscreen wiper periodically as well.
Don’t forget to check your rear windscreen wiper periodically as well. The rear wiper blade can also become worn so include it in your weekly checklist and keep an eye out for the visible signs that it needs replacing when it is operated. The windshield wiper blades are one of the most accessible parts of your car to maintain. In the owner’s manual, you can find information about the length and type of wipers best suited for your vehicle.