Do you need new wiper blades ?

Some people will go years between a new set of windsheild wiper blades, but that’s far too long. Wiper blades can wear out in as few as three months, and none will last longer than 12; even if you shell out big bucks for a fancy pair.

Please get in the habit of looking at your blades every few months. If you are seeing any clues suggesting they are wearing out, it’s best to be proactive and replace them before you’re stuck in a storm with a blurred view.

Plan on replacing wiper blades, at the very least, once a year. If you live in a region that sees snow or ice in the colder months, consider switching to a set of winter blades at the same time you are mounting your snow tires. These durable windshield wipers aren’t prone to freezing up and can handle heavier snowfall. As temperatures warm in the spring, you can switch back to a slimmer wiper blade.

What to Look for

To determine if your wiper blades are ready to be replaced, look for these telltale signs:

  • The blades are streaking, smearing or clicking when wiping the windshield. These are often the first clues for many drivers that there is a problem. If the wipers are still smearing after you clean the blades and the windshield, then you are ready for a new set.
  • The wiper blades have uneven edges and missing pieces. When you are cleaning your wiper blades, look down the length to see if the blade edge is even. Clearing salt or mud can damage the blades and leave them jagged. This causes the wipers to streak as they miss sections of the windshield.
  • Cracks are visible on the wiper blade. Just like tires deteriorate from weather, heat and time, wiper blades will crack if they are constantly assaulted by the elements. Once you see lines or cracks within the body of the blade, it’s time for a new set.

Poor wiping performance doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to replace wiper blades. Thoroughly clean your windshield with a paper towel saturated with windshield wiper fluid, or a mild detergent, and remove any buildup or grime that is hindering the blades before you make any decisions about the state of your wipers.

Visibility is paramount for drivers. The ability to see clearly in inclement weather starts and stops with your windshield wipers. Therefore, replacing your wiper blades should be a mainstay of your car care regimen.

Auto Aces stocks wiper blades to fit almost any vehicle. Depending on your degree of skill, installation might be tricky. If you don’t feel comfortable doing it yourself, you can have them installed at any of our locations.

Even if your wipers are in good shape, be sure to top off your wiper fluid regularly, especially during winter and early spring, and buy an extra jug to keep in the trunk.

- Jason Harris; Service Manager at Auto Aces Express

2666 N. Packerland Dr., Green Bay, WI., 54313; ( 920 ) 499 - 4424

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