Windscreen wipers are a pretty important component of a car, especially if you live in an area where it rains a lot. And they don’t just come in handy during the rain. If you feel that your windscreen is a bit dirty, all you have to do is sprinkle some water on it and wipe it off with the wipers while you are driving.
However, due to frequent use, the wiper blades can wear out. Rainwater, UV rays, debris, or even temperature changes can damage the wiper blades overtime.
Here are 3 signs that might indicate that it’s time to change your windscreen wiper blades:
1. Breaks, Bends and Splits
As mentioned earlier, frequently checking your windshield wipers is necessary to make sure they are in perfect shape. To check the wipers, simply lift them up from the glass and examine the rubber part that touches the glass. The rubber blade should be smooth without any breakage. Also, check the entire length of the wiper blade for any bends or splits that might cause disturbance in its operation. If you spot any type of damage to the blades, then it is time for a replacement.
2. Noisy & Juddering Wipers
Windscreen wipers are designed to glide smoothly on the glass so that they do not make an annoying noise. So if you notice your wiper making terrible noises during operation then it certainly means that something is wrong. Most people tend to think that the noise only comes from hardened rubber on the blade and the wiper is fine but that’s not the case. Noisy wipers are an indication that it’s time to get new wiper blades.
Another major sign of worn out blades is that they judder when wiping across the windscreen. This juddering is because of the rough surface of the rubber.
3. Streaky Windscreen
It is estimated that a wiper sweeps across your windscreen at least one thousand times per year. This frequent use of the wipers takes its toll on the blades and wears them out overtime. These damaged blades then start leaving streaks on the windshield as they drag along. So instead of cleaning your windscreen, a worn out wiper actually makes it dirtier and worsens your visibility. This is probably the most obvious sign that you need to replace your windscreen wipers.