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How Long Should Windshield Wiper Blades Last?

Effective windshield wipers are necessary for both your safety and the safety of other motorists when driving in inclement weather. We often neglect care for them until they stop doing what they're intended to do, which is to clear off your windshield. Fortunately, windshield wiper blades are inexpensive and easy to replace. 

 

On average, windshield wiper blades should be replaced every six to twelve months. The interval between each replacement can vary depending on use, blade quality, and other external factors. 

Signs That Indicate It's Time to Change Wiper Blades

Most of the time, you can simply use your senses to tell whether your windshield wiper blades are going bad. Good, healthy wipers should always be able to clean off the windshield smoothly, quietly, and effectively. Here are the top signs that indicate you need new ones.

Squeaking

It can be very annoying to constantly hear high-pitched screams from your wipers. It can be a major distraction as your attention should be on the road. If you notice any squeaking or screeching, there's no question that you should get your wipers replaced.

Streaking 

If your wipers are leaving streaks on your windshield, it is a clear sign that they can no longer do their job. It is recommended that you go replace them soon.

Skipping

If there is a gap between the windshield and the wipers, the blades have probably been bent or warped. It could be the frame itself or the rubber part. Either way, your wipers should make contact with all parts of your windshield.

 

Please do not put off windshield wiper blade replacement as it could compromise your safety. Old wipers can leave you facing multiple hazards on the road. When you take your car to our auto repair shop, you can ask one of our qualified technicians to examine your wiper blades. We'll install a new set if needed. 

 

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