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How Often Should You Change Windshield Wipers

Windshield Wipers

Whether or not you use your windshield wipers regularly, you should be looking to change them at specific points in time. Windshield wipers can wear over time, which makes them less effective. 

It’s important to remember that your windshield wipers contribute to the safety of your vehicle, so you need to get them checked or changed regularly. 

You may have gone years without getting your windshield wipers replaced. But most manufacturers recommend you get your vehicles wipers replaced every 6 months to 1 year. You should get your windshield wipers replaced as soon as you notice a drop in driving visibility. 

Luckily, there are signs you can look out for, which indicate that your windshield wipers need to be replaced. Here are some common signs to look out for:

Squeaky Wipers 

A telltale sign that the windshield wipers need replacing is if they begin to squeak. When wipers no longer make proper contact with the windshield surface they will contribute to decreasing driving visibility. Luckily it’s pretty easy to notice your wipers squeaking, and you’ll know that they need replacing. 

Broken Frame 

If a particular area of your windshield just won’t get clean, then it’s the frame on the blade of the wipers may be damaged. Wiper frames are easily damaged, especially when you’re scraping ice and snow off of your car in the winter. If you notice the frames on your windshield wipers damaged in any way, then it’s time to get the wipers replaced.

Rubber Adhesive Failing 

Another sign that your windshield wipers need replacing is the rubber adhesive failing. The rubber adhesive will flop around because it’s not being held on correctly. You’ll begin to notice this around the edge of the blade, as this is where the adhesive tends to fail first. If you see the rubber coming off, then it’s time to get your wipers replaced. 

Streaking Water

Another sign that the windshield wipers are worn out is when large amounts of water are left on the windshield when you turn the wipers on. If the wipers are worn out, you’ll begin to see streaking as they wipe the moisture from the windshield or large amounts of water left on your windshield. 

Let the Experts Help 

If you notice the windshield wipers on your vehicle becoming worn out, then it’s worth getting them replaced. Even if the wipers seem to be working fine, but you haven’t had them replaced in a while, then you should still get them checked out. Jiffy Lube offers a free windshield wiper blade inspection when you come in to get an oil change

If the windshield wipers on your vehicle are worn out or not working effectively, then your car may well be unsafe to drive in wet conditions. If your driving visibility is low, the chances of an accident occurring are higher. Don’t leave safety to chance; replace your wipers!


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