Many motorists take their wiper blades for granted until it’s too late. This simple but essential device allows you to see while driving in poor weather conditions. But if neglected, they can be a safety hazard and even irreparably damage your windshield. Here’s why it’s crucial to invest in quality windshield wiper blades.
Signs Your Wipers Need Replacement
Experts recommend you replace your wiper blades once a year. Ultra-violet rays, freezing rain and snow will wear out even the most durable blade. Here are some signs you’re due for a wiper replacement:
If your wipers leave streaks on the windshield, it’s a sign the material is deteriorating. Leaving them will only make the problem worse. The wiper material may erode enough that the metal portion of the wiper blade starts to scratch the auto glass. Over time, this wear can cause irreparable damage, and you’ll need a windshield replacement.
If your wipers make loud noises while in use, it’s time to get them replaced. High-quality wipers are designed to glide silently over the auto glass. If they’re “chattering” – jumping over the glass – it means the soft material has become stiff or broken.
If you notice broken or loose pieces on your wiper blades, it’s probably time to get them replaced or at least looked at by an auto technician.
How to Choose a Wiper Blade
Replacing your wiper blades is an easy job any car owner can do. When choosing new wiper blades, consult your car’s manual to determine the correct size.
Wiper blades come in two basic materials: rubber and silicone. Silicone tends to be more durable and long-lasting. You can also buy hybrid versions consisting of both rubber and silicone materials. You can install the blades yourself or have it done at an auto centre.
Expect to pay anywhere between $25 and $40, but don’t cheap out! Poor-quality blades will wear out quickly and may not help you during the next rainstorm.
Wiper Blade Maintenance
Proper maintenance can prolong the lifespan of your wipers and ensure they’re ready for the next downpour. Wipe the soft materials on your blades regularly with a paper towel and alcohol. Avoid harsh cleaners that can make the soft material brittle. Additionally, don’t be afraid to replace your blades at the first warning sign they may be failing. It’s worth the investment.
Auto Glass and Rock Chip Repair in Northwest Canada
At All-West Glass, we specialize in windshield replacement and rock chip repair. If your windshield is scratched, take it to one of our 18 locations across Northwest Canada, including Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Fort St. John and Dawson Creek. Our auto glass experts will repair or replace it and have you back on the road quickly. Contact us today to make an appointment at a location near you.