Most of your car's external components may add to the aesthetic appeal but still play a critical role in your vehicle's operation, like the windshield wipers. They help sustain visibility, a vital requirement in driving.
Rain, snow, and dust usually decrease your windshield's clarity on the road. But your wiper blades help keep your windshield clear for safe driving. However, with time and use, the blades wear out and require replacement.
When Should Wiper Blades be Replaced?
A general rule is to replace your wiper blades every six to 12 months, depending on how often you drive and where you live. The replacement frequency also depends on the type of blades. Also, most car experts may recommend changing your wipers on a schedule.
But like every other vehicle component, regular maintenance is an excellent way to keep track of your wiper blade condition.
Signs that your Wiper Blades Need Replacement
While you should change wiper blades every six to 12 months, they may last longer than that or require replacement sooner than the recommended period. This is because their lifespan may increase or decrease depending on several factors.
Here are signs that your wipe blades need to be replaced:
Screechy or Squeaking Noises
If your wiper blades make squeaking noises when in operation, it's a sign that the frames or arms are bent, and the silicone and rubber are damaged. Generally, your wipers should glide smoothly across the windshield without squeaking.
Streaks on your Windshield
Wiper blades should leave a smooth, clean surface. But if you notice streaks even after a windshield spray, your wipers need replacement. While they may be dirty and need to be wiped, the rubber is likely failing.
A chattering or vibrating motion shows the blade gaps are faster than the pieces that contact your windshield. This uneven movement indicates failing wiper blades.
With time, rust and corrosion on the joints may decrease visibility when your wipers are operating. It signals that the structural integrity is compromised and may break or fall off when driving.
Ensure you have a regular inspection of your wiper blades to avoid trouble. But if you notice these signs and need windshield wiper replacement, please bring your car to Inmon Automotive today.