Wipers need to be replaced on a regular basis. (Photo Credits)
While some vehicle owners wait for their windshield wiper to function less efficiently before finally replacing them, auto glass experts advise that car owners should instead follow the recommended guidelines in replacing windshield wipers.
This is the same thing recommended in one of the web posts of autoblog.com. In its advice to vehicle owners, the author mentioned that it is best to change regularly as advised by manufacturers since wipers still undergo wear and tear even if the car is not used on a daily basis.
“If necessary, use the calendar on your phone or computer to set a reminder. Anytime you see wear or damage to the blades, replace them immediately. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also recommends checking your blades, and replacing them if necessary, before taking road trips. Otherwise, follow the blade manufacturer’s recommendation for replacement – typically every six to 12 months.”
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Wear and Tear
Auto magazine Top Gear also recommends to follow manufacturer’s instructions on replacing windshield wiper blades every six months to one year.
“Like a razor blade, a wiper blade wears down over time. Rubber becomes brittle and hard due to UV and heat exposure in the sun, developing nicks and cracks. It starts to skip or wipe unevenly as the blade becomes inflexible. While most of us don’t change wiper blades until they’re ragged, this weathering damage means blades should ideally be changed on a yearly basis. Even unused blades degrade while sitting in the sun.”
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The website yourmechanic.com meanwhile shared the possible consequences of ill maintained or torn windshield wipers.
“The condition of your wiper blades is directly related to how well your windshield wipers work. If the rubber edges on your wiper blades are torn, the wiper will not make proper contact with the windshield to clear moisture or debris away. The small gap left by the missing rubber can actually trap additional dirt that may scratch or gouge your windshield glass.”
Here is the rest of their web feature.
For those who may have bought a second-hand vehicle and are unsure as to how long a windshield wiper blade has been in use, it is best to inspect and change accordingly if the car has been with its new owner for the past six months.