The windshield wipers on your car serve two primary functions: to wash your windows with the cleaning solution located under the hood and to wipe away moisture from rain, snow, and wet roads when you are driving.
When your wiper blades don't work as they should, you put yourself at risk for unsafe driving. Should a storm occur or your car get splashed by another vehicle, you won't be able to see where you are driving and could get into an accident. Here are signs you need to see your windshield repair specialist for new wiper blades.
You Haven't Replaced Your Blades Recently
High-quality windshield wiper blades should last up to a year. It's common to replace wiper blades every six months or so.
If you cannot remember the last time you had your vehicle's windshield wipers replaced, then it's time to have them inspected and possibly upgraded. Your windshield repair specialist will show you models of wiper blades that match your car's make, model, and year for you to compare.
Your Wiper Blades Move at High Speeds
The rubber on your windshield wiper blades not only whisks away debris and water but also affixes your wipers so they don't move when not in use. Your windshield wipers flapping or lifting in the wind when you drive on the freeway is a sign the rubber is worn out or something is stuck in the material, keeping your wipers from remaining where they are.
Examine your wiper blade and wipe the rubber so it is free of dust, pine needles, and other debris. If you notice signs of wear, like torn, cracked, or brittle rubber, it's time to have your wipers replaced.
Your Wiper Blades Make Excess Noise
You should hear a soft swishing sound when your wiper blades are activated. This is typically the noise made by moisture being removed from your windshield. Squealing, squeaking, or grinding sounds are not usual and are signs that your wiper blades need to be replaced.
Keep in mind that the rubber on your windshield wipers is also designed to protect your window glass from actual contact with the metal and plastic components of your blades. As the rubber wears out, you risk scratching your windshield, so take your car into an auto window specialist when you first begin hearing strange contact noises from your wipers.
Your Wiper Blades Keep Coming Off
Windshield wiper blades should remain intact so they can function properly and also not pose a potential road hazard. As they begin to age, they may come loose and fall apart, especially when you are using them at higher speeds.
Attaching windshield wiper blades is time-consuming and can be avoided by investing replacement pieces. After examining your current wiper blades to see why they are falling off your vehicle, your auto glass specialist will recommend replacement or may be able to repair your existing blades if they are in otherwise good condition.
Windshield wiper blades are not an expensive investment, costing not much over $10 per blade to install (including labor). Consider replacing your windshield wipers every spring and fall as part of your vehicle's maintenance.
There are many brands of wiper blades to choose from based on the type of car you drive. Your windshield expert will assist you in selecting the right wiper blades for your car.
Even though you can place windshield wipers on your car yourself, see your auto specialist for this maintenance task to make sure the right blades are purchased and installed correctly. See us at Perfection Auto Glass today for your windshield and other auto glass needs.