Windshield wipers are key in helping you improve your visibility out on the road during bad weather. Sometimes, it can be difficult to know when it’s time to replace your wipers. Here are a few signs you need to replace your wiper blades.
Streaks and Grime
It’s always obvious when your windshield wipers leave streaks behind, which makes this one of the best ways to tell if you need to change them. Another indicator is when you notice a consistent film of dirt on your windshield, even after you’ve sprayed it with fluid. This is a sign that your wipers are dirty or ill-fitted, so give them a clean. If the problem persists, then change them.
Examine your wipers and look to see if the rubber is cracked, split, or pitted. If there are any imperfections, then you should get new wiper blades. You should also keep your eye on the blade to see if it gets a rounded look, because this means it’s too old.
Whether it’s an annoying squeak or a vibration-like sound as the wipers drag across the glass, noises indicate your wipers aren’t cleaning the windshield the way they should. Typically, this means that the wipers aren’t in contact with your windshield some of the time, causing a visibility problem while you’re driving.
The frames of your wipers can be damaged in a number of ways, from cleaning ice off your windshield to taking your car through a car wash. If the frame is bent, then it won’t be able to clean your windshield off properly, which means it’s time to purchase new blades.
Spotty Windshield Coverage
You will notice when your wipers aren’t reaching certain spots on your windshield when it’s raining hard. This is a sure sign you need to change your wipers, because they’re no longer doing their jobs.
A Season Change
Seasons change throughout the year and act as a good indicator that you need new windshield wipers. Ice and snow will damage wiper blades in the winter, which means you will definitely need new ones come spring.
If you’re ready to swap out windshield wipers, or you have more questions about vehicle service, contact us at Love Honda.