We all know how important it is to see while driving, which makes wiper blades one of the most critical parts of your car. Wiper blades are often overlooked, but being able to see in poor weather conditions is vital to the safety of you and others.
Wiper blades degrade for a variety of reasons and should be replaced when you start to see the performance of the wiper declining. Some of the symptoms of poor performing wiper blades include squeaking, streaking, or even visibly falling apart. If you notice any of these things happening to your wipers, it’s time to get them replaced.
We often get questions about how long windshield wipers last or how often should they be replaced. This really depends on the climate in your area, the quality of your blades, and the use of the vehicle. We believe it is more important to look at the symptoms rather than time but many suggest replacing your wiper blades on an annual basis.
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Wiper blades come in a variety of qualities and prices. We recommend replacing your windshield wiper blades with ones that are of good quality and are going to withstand the harsh environments. If you live in an environment that sees a lot of ice and snow, you may want to consider a winter blade that remains more flexible in the cold weather and has a rubber cover over the arms to prevent ice and slush from freezing to it.
Installing wiper blades is a fairly simple job but if you feel you don’t have the right skills, many parts stores will install them for free. Your local repair facility can also handle the task for you.
Lastly, don’t forget about your windshield washer fluid as it also plays an important role in maintaining the clarity of your windshield. If you live in a colder environment, make sure the fluid’s point is below your coldest temperature.