4 Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Your windshield wipers are the main difference between feeling safe in the rain and having to pull onto the side of the road during bad weather. With good wipers, most people can drive in almost every weather condition. If your wipers are going bad, it does not matter how good of a driver you are because you will not be able to see. Here are some ways to tell when you need new wipers.

1) Streaks

If you notice that your windshield wipers are leaving streaks on your windshield when on, it is likely time to get new wipers. You can try to wipe off the wipers with rubbing alcohol to remove built-up dirt and grime, but if they continue to leave streaks, it is best to just get new ones.

2) Rubber Starts Cracking

Most windshield wipers are made of rubber. If the rubber starts to crack, you may want to get new wipers. When the wipers are exposed to the sun, hot weather, cold weather, or other natural elements, they may start to crack. When this happens, they are not going to function optimally to remove snow or rain.

3) Squeaking Sound

As the wipers age, they start to work less effectively. If you notice a lot of squeaking when the wipers are turned on, it is often a sign that you need new wipers. A normal or small amount of squeaking is okay, but it should never get to the point where it is annoying to have your wipers on.

4) Bent Frame

If you have tried cleaning your wiper blades, but still notice they are not functioning properly, you may want to check the blade. When the blade gets bent, you will need new wipers. Your local mechanic can help you get a new pair that is a perfect fit for your car.

New windshield wipers can help you keep you and your family safe during all weather conditions. If you start to notice any of these signs, you will likely need to invest in a new pair of windshield wipers. Most repair shops can help you find wipers that are right for your car and even install them for free when you purchase them at the shop.

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