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When should I change my windshield wiper blades?

Windshield wipers are one thing you do not want to overlook when it comes to auto maintenance, and your safety. They help you see when the weather is bad, removing dirt, ice, snow, and rain from the windshield. Caring for your windshield wipers, and changing them when needed is a vital step in auto maintenance. The time to change the windshield wipers on your automobile depends on several factors. Usually, windshield wipers last 6-12 months.

What Causes Windshield Wiper Deterioration?

The weather conditions, the quality of the wipers, and care of the windshield wipers will impact how long they last. During the rainy season and with frequent use, you may need to change the windshield wipers more often than during the dry season. During extremely cold and dry weather, you should pay close attention to the wiper blades. Freezing temperatures can cause the blades to stiffen and stop working well, even cracking. Extreme heat can also cause damage to the windshield wipers, leaving you unprepared for the rainy season. That is why it is important to check the windshield wipers routinely and be aware of any warning signs. When the windshield wipers are no longer working properly, you should change them. You will know it is time to change them when they are leaving streaks on the windshield, if they are not removing the rain from the windshield, or if they start making noises. Also, simply examining them periodically is helpful, since the heat or cold can change the strength of the blades.

It is important to get the windshield wipers changed as soon as they stop working properly, to avoid damage to the windshield and to ensure proper visibility in rainy weather. When included in your regular maintenance and tune-ups, you can be assured that you are prepared for the next rainy season.

You should pay attention to how the wipers are functioning to determine if they are in need of a change. Regular maintenance and tune-ups on your auto, will help you catch a problem right away. Routine visits to the Arbogast Service Department are recommended. If you notice any of the warning signs, it is best to change them before they stop working completely.