Keeping your vehicle well maintained and in the best condition possible is important. The windshield wipers are one of the most overlooked parts of a vehicle, until you need to use them. They help to clear away rain, snow, or any other debris that might be on the windshield. The wiper fluid also helps to wash away any debris or grime that may be on the windshield. The wipers themselves should be checked regularly and replaced at least once a year. While we can inspect them to tell you the condition they are in, there can also be signs you will notice if they need replacing.
When you turn on the windshield wipers, you may notice the wipers smearing water in both directions. This could be a sign of worn wiper blades as they travel across the windshield. It may also indicate a dirty windshield with not enough water to clear it away effectively. You can use the washer fluid to clean the windshield and have the wipers clear it away. If smear marks still remain there, it may be time to replace the blades.
Another indication may be if you hear the wipers vibrating or chatting against the windshield, it means that water is not getting wiped away efficiently. There could be an issue with a bent wiper arm, which makes the connection to the windshield less effective. The blade arms should be parallel to the glass to result in the wipers being efficient. If the noise is from the blade being frozen, allow it some time to warm up with the defroster, and the noise should stop.
Most issues with the wipers can be solved by replacing them, as a majority of the time it is from a worn or damaged wiper blade. If you are not sure how often to replace the wiper blade, you can contact us. We can also advise you on what windshield wipers are right for your vehicle. This can help your vehicle to improve the visibility as you drive.