When Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

Functioning windshield wipers are imperative to both your safety and the safety of others on the road. We often don't think of them as part of our regular vehicle maintenance, but they are just as crucial as your oil change and tire rotations. So, if you catch yourself not seeing through the rain or snow, you should consider replacing them. But, please do not wait until it's too late and risk getting into an accident.


How Often Should I Change My Wiper Blades?

If you want to be extra careful, your wipers should be replaced every six to twelve months. However, the interval between each change can depend on usage, blade brand quality, and other external factors. 


Signs You Need New Wiper Blades

Most of the time, you can rely on your senses to tell when to change your windshield wipers. Good, functioning wipers should always be able to clear out the water, snow, or slush on your windshield. Here are symptoms to look out for:


Squeaky Noise

It can be very annoying to hear any high-pitched screech sounds, especially while you are trying to focus on driving. You're most likely due to having your windshield wipers replaced.



If you see unpleasant streaks or a film stuck to the windshield, it is a clear sign you need to replace windshield wipers. Sometimes cleaning the blades with a towel will fix the issue, but if the problem persists, get a replacement immediately. 


Gap Between Wipers and Windshield

If you notice that the wipers aren't reaching all parts of your windshield, then that means they are overdue for a replacement. The reason that a gap exists is most likely because they've been pulled up from the windshield because of old rubber or a bent frame. 


If you continue to procrastinate replacing your old windshield wipers, you will be faced with many hazards. Our certified technicians can look at your wiper blades and install brand-new wipers that perfectly fit your vehicle. Give us a call or stop by University Tire & Auto Service today.

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