Like most people, you probably switch wipers on and off as needed. But is this the best way to clean your windshield? And what about the wipers themselves? Are they worth the hassle? There is no definitive answer to how often to replace windshield wipers, as it depends on various factors, including driving habits and your personal preferences. This blog post discusses how often to replace windshield wipers.
When is the right time to replace your windshield wiper?
If you notice a lot of streaking on your windshield, your wipers are not cleaning the windshield well enough. This is often caused by dirt and dust build-up (especially in cold weather) and will require a more thorough cleaning of your wipers and windshield, as well as possibly a replacement of the wipers themselves.
2. No wiper Arm Movement
If your wiper blades do not move freely, the wiper arms might be bent or broken, which requires them to be replaced.
If you hear a squeaking noise from your wipers, it is likely that the rubber blades are worn out and need to be replaced.
If your wipers are making a lot of vibrations, you might have a loose connection between the wiper linkage and the arm. This often results in squeaking or vibrations.
5. Wipers do not wipe correctly
If your wipers are not wiping correctly, you might have a bent or broken wiper arm.
6. Wipers are worn out
If you notice that your windshield wipers constantly leave streaks on your windshield, it is time to get new ones! Worn-out wiper blades will not clean thoroughly and result in poor visibility for other drivers and pedestrians.
Choosing the right Windshield Wipers
1. Know your size
Windshield wipers are not the same as windshield washers. They are made for different purposes and should be used accordingly. The wipers come in various sizes, so you need to choose the right one for your vehicle.
2. Wiper type
There are two windshield wiper blades: winter and summer blades. Winter blades have a thick rubber coating on the backside of their blades that helps to prevent ice from forming on your windshield during the winter months. This means you can use them all year round, whereas summer blades are designed solely for use during the summer months when it’s hot outside and you don’t want water dripping off your windshield onto your electronic devices or seats.
3. Wiper speed
You also need to decide which wiper speed is best for you: low, medium, or high speed? Low-speed wipers wipe the glass quickly, but they don’t clean it very well. On the other hand, high-speed wipers are slow, but they do a great job cleaning the glass.
4. Wiper power
Depending on your vehicle, you might have the option of choosing a wiper with strong or weak power. Strong-power wipers will clean the glass more thoroughly, but they might also damage it. Weak-power wipers are gentler and won’t cause too much damage to your windshield.
Windshields Wipers are extremely important to your safety. It would be best if you were careful not to get distracted while driving and always remember to use your wipers when needed.