Wiper blades are crucial pieces of your car. After all, they're what keeps your windshield clear of water, dirt and even debris so you can see clearly while driving. However, many people do not know much about them. What type of wipers do you have? Are there better options? When do you need to replace them? These are all questions you should know the answer to.
How Do You Know it's Time to Replace Your Wiper Blades?
Unfortunately, many people do not know what the signs are that indicate their windshield wipers are wearing out. The most common sign of wear on wipers is streaks left behind on your windshield. Streaks indicate that parts of the blades have worn out. If you don't replace the blades at this point, you may hear a bumpy or chattering sound when you use your windshield wipers. This is because the blades have worn so far that they aren't even gliding across your windshield properly. If you notice any of these signs, replace your blades promptly.
What Happens if You Don't Replace the Blades?
Your wiper blades are made from rubber, which eventually wears out. If you fail to replace the blades, chunks of the rubber may break away or the entire blade may fall off completely. Ultimately, you will not be able to clear any water or debris from your windshield, which can negatively impact your vision while driving.
How Can You Select the Right Blades for Your Car?
Before you set out to buy new wiper blades, take a look in your car's owner's manual to find out what size blade you need. Blades come in different sizes, in case you didn't know, and if you don't buy the right size they might not fit. After you know what size you are buying, do some research online. Find out what blades are rated well and which aren't. Surprisingly, many lower costs blades are rated just as well, if not better, than higher priced blades, so don't let the price fool you!
Lastly, you may need to do some trial and error. Try out different blades when it's time to buy. Some people find different brands work or last longer based on the specific elements they face in their city, such as snow or heat.
Replacing your wiper blades is just one of the basic ways to maintain your car. But as you know, there's much more that goes into keeping your car in tip-top shape. If you want to ensure that your car is up to date on maintenance, bring it into Auto Tek. We would be happy to help you with all of your vehicle needs. For a full list of services we provide as well as our specials, visit our website today!