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When Should I Get My Windshield Wipers Replaced?

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips and Tricks, Vehicle Maintenance on Thursday, December 26th, 2019 at 10:38 am
Close up of a person checking a windshield wiper blade

Signs of Worn Windshield Wipers

As you drive in the rain, do you notice that your windshield wipers aren’t working as well as they should? If you have trouble seeing while using the wipers, it’s time for a replacement. Here are some signs that your windshield wipers are going bad.

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Skipping, Streaking, or Splitting

The most common issues with bad wiper blades are that they start skipping, streaking, or splitting. When wipers do this, water isn’t being moved off the windshield properly and can cause visibility issues. Most drivers wait until one of these signs arise to change their windshield wipers.

Skipping, streaking, and splitting can be caused by a variety of factors. The rubber may be rounded rather than squared. There may be cracks or missing pieces in the rubber that water is seeping through. The frame may be broken, corrosion is present at the joints or claws, or the wiper wasn’t installed correctly. Be sure to check the rubber, arm, and joints so you know where the problem is coming from.

Driver's perspective of a streaking windshield wiper

Chattering Noise

Another sign that your windshield wipers are going bad is if they are making a chattering sound when being used. Many times, this is due to the blades or windshield not being clean. Another cause is if the wiper arm is bent and not allowing the blade to contact the glass correctly. If your windshield and wipers are clean and the arm isn’t bent, then it’s time to get replacements.

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How Long Do Windshield Wipers Last?

Windshield wipers can last roughly six months to a full year. Factors that affect how long they last for include the weather, how often they are used, the material they are made from, and age. Thankfully, getting windshield wipers replaced is very cost-effective as wiper blades are relatively cheap and you don’t have to replace them too often.

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