Your windshield wiper blades work hard through rain, sleet, dirt, snow and ice. It’s no wonder that over time they become cracked, deformed, corroded or broken in some way. There are a variety of signs that it’s time to replace your windshield wipers — and you don’t want to wait until you’re caught in the rain or having visibility issues to do it. A safe rule is to remember to replace your blades every 6 months to a year. Here are a few signs to look for:
If you see streaking as your wiper blades remove moisture from your windshield, it’s best to replace them as soon as possible. Sometimes dirt and grime will build up and cause smearing. If this is the case, clean your blades and windshield thoroughly. However, the cause could also be worn out wipers that are no longer able to flex properly, especially if you’re seeing large areas that aren’t being cleared away as your wipers work. The streaking can make it difficult to see during a rainshower, decreasing visibility and putting you and your passengers in danger.
If you’re hearing a squeaking noise when your windshield wipers are on, it could be that they’re dirty or not installed properly. If neither of these are the case, chances are your blades have become brittle or damaged over time and need to be replaced.
If you see missing pieces, broken pieces or cracks on the wiper blades, they need to be replaced sooner rather than later. Tattered wiper blades can’t contour to the shape of your windshield, which can cause a variety of problems from visibility issues to noises. It’s best to stay on the safe side and replace damaged wiper blades right when you notice them instead of waiting until they cause a direct problem.
The professionals at Discount Auto Glass are here to help with all of your auto glass needs. Do you have a chipped or cracked windshield? Don’t stress. Contact us today for a free quote.