When and How to Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades
Broken or worn-out windshield wipers are not the end of the world; however, there will be no discounting their importance when your vision is unclear and blurred because it’s pouring rain or snowing out. When that happens, your wiper blades’ utility will become all too obvious. It is much better to keep a close eye on your wipers and to be aware of their condition than to be caught in a horrible situation on the road that could’ve been avoided. Being able to recognize the signs of aging blades, and also how to go about getting them replaced, can definitely serve you well.
Checking for Signs of Wear
Many experts will recommend changing and at least checking your windshield wipers every six to 12 months. If you check them this often, you should be able to spot a worn out part before it’s too late.
How can you recognize the signs of a deteriorating blade? First, your wipers may begin to do an inadequate job of clearing your windshield. This may include smearing and streaking whatever is on your windshield, such as water or dirt, rather than effectively wiping it off. When the rubber on your wipers gets frayed, brittle and cracked, you may even hear screeching as the rubber struggles to properly wipe your windshield. In extremely worn wiper cases, the plastic (or graphite) body of the blade can rub the window.
If you go extended periods of time without ever having to use your wiper blades, yo