There are two types of drivers… 1) “I just put in the key and go” and 2)” I wonder if this car needs maintenance”. For most drivers, too many years will go by without a wiper blade change. In fact, those poor wipers probably resemble angel hair pasta, or they clear the glass like a wet newspaper, and we both know that it has been years since replaced. That said, this practice is probably not recommended by national highway traffic safety administration (NHTSA). In fact, here is a list of clear signs that tell you “hey dingus, your wipers need a changing!”
Wiper blades essentially have one job: to wipe clear your windshield of rain, snow, sleet and other road elements. This is actually a hefty task and over time, the poor blades simply wear out. They take a good pummeling, so cut ‘em a little slack. There are a couple reasons why your wipers are streaking:
Squeak…… Squeak……. Squeak….. I am getting annoyed just typing this. If your wiper blades sound like SpongeBob walking, there’s something wrong. Squeaky blades can be a sign of other issues:
ch-ch-chatter is another unfortunate reality of a wiper blade owner. In addition to the aforementioned issues, the following factors can be root causes. But at the end of the day, keeping up with your car maintenance is the best way to go. I’m only looking out for you…. Because I care.
Wipers are like tires, engine oil, and my patience …they all tend to wear out over time. Maybe you don’t pay attention to your wipers or on the contrary, you are emotionally attached to them…either way, the old timer needs to retire. Think about it, while you are safely tucked in your driver seat, your blades are exposed to a harsh driving environment: sun snow, road debris, sleet, rain, bugs, bird droppings etc…. A good rule of thumb is to change your blades every 6 months. Now go get a fresh pair of blades….and yet you are still reading this…go!!