How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to be Replaced?

Windshield wipers are a significant part of a vehicle especially when the weather calls for them. Having non-functioning windshield wipers in the rain is very risky and hazardous. Thus, we've prepared a list of some signs to look for in dying windshield wipers, and how often to replace them.

4 Signs that Your Windshield Wipers Need to be Replaced

Here are a few visible signals that your windshield wipers need to be replaced.

Cracked/Failing Rubber

The rubber around the windshield wiper blade can often get damaged from exposure to the sun's UV rays. This affects the performance of the windshield wipers meaning that they are unable to swipe your windshield cleanly.

Wipers Making Noises

This is one obvious sign that something is wrong and needs to be checked out. A bit of noise due to friction might be acceptable however, chattering noises mean that it's time for a replacement. So, listen closely for any weird noises while your wipers swipe.

Damaged Frame

A good sign that your windshield wiper frame is damaged is the wiper leaving a spot untouched following a few swipes. Wiper frames are quite fragile and can be easily damaged. This can happen, for example, while scrapping snow of your car's windshield.

Blades Sometimes Don't Make Contact with Windshield

If you notice that your windshield wipers sometimes stray from making contact with your windshield then it's time to replace them. This happens due to the rubber frame holding the wiper in position and in contact with the windshield failing. You'll commonly notice such damage along the wiper's edges and yes, it can simply be glued back but why not just replace them?

How Often to Replace Windshield Wipers

The recommended time period by most windshield wiper manufacturers is every 6 to 12 months. However, others argue that they can last up to 3 years and still be fully functioning. Windshield wipers are affected by variants such as the weather, climate and the material used in making them. This means that time frames will differ individually.

Thus said, If you need windshield wiper replacement, we invite you to bring your vehicle to H-Tek Auto Care today!


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