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How Often Should I Replace my Windshield Wipers?

How to Tell If You Need New Wiper Blades

Driving through rain and annoyed by how poorly your windshield wipers are working? Struggling to see with the water not being wiped off? The last thing you want is to be caught in a storm without functioning windshield wipers. To prevent this situation, we will review how you can tell if you need new wiper blades.

Wipers are Streaking, Skipping, or Splitting

Water drops on windshield

The most obvious sign of your windshield wipers going bad is when your wipers start streaking, skipping, or splitting. This common issue is caused by a variety of factors due to old age of the wiper. For instance, the rubber may be rounded instead of squared. There may also be cracks in the rubber or even pieces of the rubber missing.

These symptoms may also be caused by a broken frame, corrosion at the claws or joints, or an improperly installed wiper blade. It’s a good idea to check these as well, especially if you have recently replaced your windshield wipers.

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Squealing and Chattering Noise

You may hear weird noises when running your windshield wipers, such as squealing or chattering. While a dirty windshield or wiper blades are usually the cause, it could be a sign of a bent wiper arm. If the wipers and windshield are clean and the wiper arm isn’t bent, it’s time to get your wipers replaced.

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Typically, windshield wipers can last anywhere from six months to a year. This varies depending on how often you use your wipers, the quality of the wipers, and various weather conditions such as extreme heat and cold.

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