Worn Wiper Blades and Your Windshield

Jun 27, 2022, 09:15 AM by Julie Wax

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It’s summer! That can only mean more travel and road trips, so it’s important not to neglect all the details of your vehicle. Worn wipers can do more than actually cause safety issues on the road; they can also cause damage to your windshield. 

Since your wipers are constantly exposed to the elements, it’s easy for them to quickly become weathered and worn. In fact, the damaging UV rays of warm weather can cause the rubber to crack more easily. When they wear and break down, they can cause scratches on your windshield that can’t be repaired. That’s because the metal on the wipers becomes exposed, so when it makes windshield contact, it also makes scratches. At first you might not notice, but eventually, you will. And once they become noticeable, it’s too late. 

If you're wondering how you might notice this early on, at first you might see  streaking across the windshield. If you notice this, it’s time to inspect the rubber on your wipers. Trying to use your wipers with debris or even ice can also damage the blades, so take extra care if this is the case. You will also hear screeching once they begin to wear down, because the metal will begin to scrape against the glass. It’s essential to inspect your wipers on a regular basis so that you don’t wind up replacing both wipers and a damaged windshield. 

Replacing your wipers isn’t free, but it’s an easy and affordable way to keep your windshield in good condition and prevent auto accidents. Being proactive is key. Most makers of windshield wipers recommend that you replace them every six to 12 months. 

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