Wiper Blade Replacement
Windshield Wipers Need to be Changed?
- Are they smearing?
- Are they smudging?
- Are they streaking?
- Are they scratching?
Why We Do It
- Poorly performing windshield wiper blades impair vision.
- Wiper blade rubber is torn, brittle, or cracked.
- Falling apart wiper frames can cause permanent damage to the windshield glass.
- The Bottom Line: Safety.
When do wiper blades need to be replaced?
Wiper blades are one of the most neglected components on vehicles today. Many blades are cracked, split, torn, brittle, worn or otherwise in obvious need of replacement.
Ninety percent of all driving decisions are based on a clear unobstructed view of the road, which means good visibility is absolutely essential — especially during wet weather when vision may be obscured by water, road splash, sleet or snow on the windshield. But good visibility requires wipers that are in good condition. If the wipers are chattering, streaking or otherwise failing to wipe cleanly and consistently, you need new blades — NOW!
Most experts say wiper blades should be replaced every six to twelve months for optimum performance and driving visibility. That’s because wiper blades don’t last forever. Natural rubber deteriorates over time. Eventually all blade materials fall victim to environmental factors. Exposure to sunlight and ozone causes the rubber to age, even if the wipers aren’t used much.
Wiper Blade Manufacturers Recommend Replacement Every 6 Months.