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5 Signs You Need New Windshield Wipers

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If you’re struggling to see out your front windshield during inclement weather, or they’re just not cleaning the dirt off like they should, it may be time to get new windshield wiper blades. While this may seem like a daunting task, replacing your windshield wipers is actually a pretty easy process you can complete at home. Here are a few tell-tale signs that you need some new wiper blades.


If you’re noticing streaks on your windshield, or a coat of grime that just isn’t coming off, you definitely need to replace your blades. The rubber on your windshield wipers should grip the steering wheel nicely to create a smooth, easy wipe to remove any water or dirt.

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Excess noise

For the most part, you shouldn’t hear your windshield wipers. You can hear them moving, but the rubber against the glass shouldn’t create any loud noise. If you hear squeaking or scratching, the rubber edge has probably worn down and they need to be replaced.


You should be able to turn on your wiper blades, even when it’s not raining, and have them complete a smooth wipe across your windshield. If they skip or catch on the windshield, the rubber on the blades may be worn down.


This should go without saying, but if your windshield wipers are visibly damaged, it’s time to pick up some new ones. You can simply lift them up off the windshield to check for any cracks, peeling rubber, or bends in the frame.

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Before the winter months come into full swing, consider replacing your windshield wipers; or, at least have them checked out. The last thing you need is to be behind a semi-truck on the highway, being sprayed by dirty slush from the road, and have sub-par windshield wipers to help you.


Always make sure you’re keeping up with regular maintenance on your vehicle to help prevent accidents from occurring.

Sources: Scott Clark Toyota, Advance Auto Parts, Pep Boys