Do I Need New Windshield Wipers?

As a standard rule of thumb, at Carolina Quick Lube we believe that your vehicles windshield wipers should be changed every six months to a year. Obviously this can vary however based on several factors including the quality of the wipers, the local climate and how often they get used.

Here are some specific indicators that it’s time to replace your windshield wipers:

  1. Streaking or Smearing: If your wipers leave streaks or smears on the windshield, it’s a sign that the blades are worn and no longer making proper contact with the glass.
  2. Chattering or Skipping: Wipers that make a chattering noise or skip across the windshield instead of gliding smoothly may be due to hardened or damaged rubber.
  3. Visible Damage: Check the rubber on the blades for cracks, splits, or missing pieces. Visible damage is a clear indication that the wipers need replacement.
  4. Reduced Effectiveness: If your wipers are not effectively clearing the windshield, causing impaired visibility during rain or snow, it’s time to replace them.
  5. Seasonal Changes: Extreme weather conditions, such as intense heat or cold, can accelerate the deterioration of wiper blades. In areas with harsh winters or hot summers, you might need to replace the wipers more frequently.
  6. Noisy Operation: If your wipers are noisier than usual, making squeaking or scraping sounds, it often means the blades are worn out and not moving smoothly across the windshield.

Regularly inspect your windshield wipers and replace them at the first sign of wear or reduced performance to ensure clear visibility and safe driving conditions. At Carolina Quick Lube we have conventional wipers blades and ultra/beam wiper blades ready to be installed on your vehicle! Contact our team today and come in and we can take a look at your wipers!