How Often Should Wiper Blades be Replaced?
Drivers risk poor visibility and reduced awareness if they fail to address problems with faulty wiper blades. How often should wiper blades be replaced? What are the warning signs that drivers need to look out for? We’ve compiled all the vital information drivers should know about proper wiper blade maintenance and when to go in for a replacement.
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Because of their position on the vehicle’s exterior, windshield wipers are vulnerable to all sorts of wear and damage over time. Depending on your location and time of year, environmental factors such as poor weather, extreme temperatures and strong sunlight can negatively impact the lifespan of your wiper blades.
Experts suggest that the average driver should replace their vehicle’s wiper blades every six months to a year. However, drivers should note that not all blades share similar lifespans. Halogen-hardened rubber blades and silicone blades will last longer than traditional wiper blades.
Signs That Your Wipers Need to Be Replaced
Many drivers will notice an issue with their wipers when they fail to adequately clear the windshield of snow, rain or dirt. Unfortunately, this means drivers often identify wiper blade issues late, leaving them stuck in poor-visibility conditions. To avoid this, drivers should watch out for these warning signs and go in for a replacement if any apply:
- Cracked or split rubber
- Loud scraping and dragging noises
- Bent frames
- Broken joints or connective components
- Reduced windshield contact at high speeds
- Significant streaking
- Large gaps with no water removal
- Metal corrosion
- Loud rubber “slapping” sounds
- Scrape marks on the windshield
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