Performing maintenance to your vehicle ensures that it is running at top performance and lowers the risks of it breaking down while driving. However, the one part of your car or truck that gets neglected is the windshield wiper. Windshield wipers go through daily wear-and-tear to keep the glass clean so drivers can see the road. They should be replaced periodically, at least every six months, to prevent failure that could create a potential safety hazard.
Yet, often, drivers are unaware of the warning signs of when to replace their windshield wipers. They wait until the last minute to replace their wipers while increasiing the chances of getting involved in an accident. Here are 4 reasons why you need to replace your windshield wipers.
Prevent the Glass from Becoming Scratched
Windshield wipers consist of a flexible rubber material across the blade. It glides across the surface of the glass to push rain, snow and ice from the windshield. It also helps to remove dirt, dust and other obstructions that are blown or dropped onto the surface. However, the rubber can deteriorate from both harsh weather and the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. In time, the metal arm of the rubber blade becomes exposed as it can end up scratching the glass when in operation.
Corroded and Broken Wipers
Wiper blades have metal components that hold the rubber blade in place and allow it to move across the windshield. Due to water penetration along joints, the frames can become corroded and bent out of shape. In time, this metal corrosion causes the frames to become broken or detached. The windshield mechanism may also malfunction, become stuck in place, or be lopsided. Without the windshield wiper working properly, it could cause a serious accident.
Curved and Skipping Blades
If you park your car without lowering the blades, the blades will begin to take the shape of the windshield. The frame and rubber blade will begin to develop a curve. If the wipers are left like this repeatedly, the curved frame will cause the rubber blade to skip along the surface of the windshield instead of gliding across the glass. The windshield wipers will also create a chattering noise. This skipping will prevent the wipers from effectively cleaning the glass surface.
Hard and Cracked Rubber Blades
The rubber on the blade can also become hard, cracked, and bumped due to drying out from the sun as well as from car waxes and oils from exhaust. When the rubber starts to lose its flexibility, it doesn’t grip and move across the surface of the windshield effectively to clean it off. This problem causes streaks to form across the glass. The streaks can cause the driver’s view to become obstructed as accidents may occur.
To prevent accidents, damaged windshields and broken mechanisms, replace your windshield wipers when you see visual damage or other issues. If there are already cracks and chips in your windshield due to a malfunctioning windshield wiper, contact Windshield Remedy. We will repair your glass so you can see the road again.