Signs your windshield wipers are due for a replacement

By Chris Odogwu
Publish on April 17, 2019

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Windshield wipers prevent road accidents by keeping your windshield clean. Check out these signs to know that they are faulty and due for a replacement!

Windshield wipers do not top the list in discussions about cars. And that’s mainly because they do not play an electrical role in a car’s operation. Electrical components often get the first mentions in cars. Windshield wipers prove that no car instrument is too small. Each one, no matter how little, plays an important role.

Keeping eye on your front is key while driving. This is especially important to avoid colliding with other vehicles or objects around you. But you only see the road clearly when the windshield is clean. When dust and other particles lay on it, your vision is obstructed.

An obstructed vision gives cause to worry because you can bump into anything and anyone causing an accident. In other words, the windshield wipers help you to prevent road accidents. They are much more important than they are given credit for. Below are 5 signs for windshield wiper replacement!

1. Failing rubber on the blades

Rubber on the wipers enables them to make smooth contact with the windshield. Given the delicate nature of the windshield, it can get cracked if it makes direct contact with the object without the rubber. This rubber is prone to damage when exposed to UV rays. When this happens, rather than clean dirt, it will cause damage to the windshield.


Driving in the rain with a failing windshield wiper is a recipe for disaster

2. Wipers leave streaks on the windshield

Have your wipers become streaky? This is an obvious sign for replacement. Due to frequent scrubbing, the wipers could have little streakings on them. This is excusable. But when there is a film of grime, or water piled up on the windscreen after you must have sprayed wiper fluid, it shows that the wipers are not working as effective as they should. The need to get new ones becomes necessary.

But first, you need to be sure that your wipers are not streaky because of accumulated dirt. Use a piece of cloth to clean them thoroughly, and then use them to wipe the windshield. Do you still notice the streaking? If you do not, it means the wipers are still usable. But if the streaking lingers, then you need to get new ones.

3. Making squeaking sound

Amongst all the signs discussed, this could be the most annoying. When you put your wipers to work, rather than do the cleaning, they produce a squeaking sound that hurts your ears. Rather than move on the surface of the glass smoothly, they literally scratch it, hence, the squeaking sound.

It gets even worse when the sound moves from squeaking to chattering. This creates the impression that plastic is being dragged on the glass. At this point, the rubber of the wiper is useless, otherwise, it would prevent the obstruction.

4. Damaged frame blade

A good working wiper cleans all parts of the windshield evenly. It moves across the glass freely from one point to another. If you notice that some parts are not getting cleaned like others, you should have a look at the blade on the frame.


If you cannot fix the windshield wiper yourself, get a technician to do it

The frame is that rough plastic that holds the blade firmly. Wiper frames have the tendency to be ruined easily. This damage is often caused when they try to wipe solid substances off the windshield. Continuous usage of the frame blade while damaged causes more harm to the windshield. Save yourself the trouble by getting a new one.

5. Failing rubber adhesive

There is a rubber adhesive that prevents the blade from falling off the frame. When this rubber becomes loose from excess use, the blade is no longer firm to function effectively. As a result of this, its contact with the windshield becomes harmful. Due to its partial grip on the frame, the blade begins to flop around.

Windshield wiper issues can be fixed without much trouble. If you cannot replace them yourself, Naijauto advises that you visit the nearest mechanic to get the job done.

>>> Rememeber to visit our website frequently to update handy maintenance tips for your beloved car!

Chris Odogwu

Chris Odogwu is a freelance Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication (Public Relations and Advertising major) from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.




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