Do your windshield wipers squeak? Does that sound drive you insane? Chances are you need new wipers. There are many factors that can affect the life of a wiper, but there are also several steps that prolong the life of windshield wipers.
WHEN SHOULD I REPLACE MY WINDSHIELD WIPERS?
The first thing you should know is that you should replace your wipers every 6-12 months or if they are skipping, squeaking, splitting or streaking. Several factors can age or damage your windshield wipers, causing decreased visibility and putting you in a potentially unsafe driving situation.
Deterioration can be caused by environmental factors such as the sun, oil, airborne debris, and moisture.
HOW CAN I TELL IF MY WIPERS ARE DAMAGED?
It is good to inspect your wipers on a monthly basis. A great time to do this while you are pumping gas or taking it to the car wash.
Look out for broken frames, metal corrosion, visible tears or cracks, and rounded edges to the rubber on your blades.
Easily extend the life of your windshield wipers by:
- Cleaning your windshield regularly
- Wiping the rubber squeegee part of your wipers with a damp towel to remove any dirt or oil
- Using only an ice scraper or defroster to de-ice your windshield, not your wipers
- Pulling your wipers away from the windshield to prevent ice build-up and prevent them from freezing to the windshield during the winter months
It’s best to schedule service to have your windshield wipers changed before you need to use them. Find a service center closest to you! While there have your oil changed at the same time to save your self an extra visit and to help extend the life of your car. Read about how important changing the oil in your car is on our other article here.