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Windscreen wipers are an important part of your car’s safety system. Constructed from thin rubber, they’re designed to pass smoothly across the glass giving the driver an unobstructed view of the road. Yet, despite their importance, they aren’t often given much thought. Wipers are one of the most fragile parts, plus they’re repeatedly subject to tough conditions; during the winters they are frozen to the windscreen, as well as all the heat during summer. Because of this, your windscreen wipers will need replacing fairly regularly.
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There is no set lifespan for windscreen wipers; they normally last between 6 and 12 months depending on the brand, quality, and climate. Your MOT test should inform you if you need to change them. However, it’s best to be aware of the warning signs as windscreen wipers play a vital role in the safety of your vehicle. There are several indications that you need to change them. If you are experiencing any of the following, it’s time to replace your windscreen wipers:
Streaks and lines on windscreen: Wipers that are in good condition clear the water from the windscreen in one smooth motion. When a streak appears, it means the rubber has not made contact with the glass. Over time, blades will lose their shape leaving bands of water that will also be visible when dry. This is normally the first sign that you need to change your windscreen wipers.
Cracks or deformities in the rubber: By carefully lifting up the arms, you can perform a visual inspection of your windscreen blades. Because they are exposed to temperature fluctuation, ice, and UV rays, the rubber can become rough, cracked and jagged. It’s important to replace this quickly as it means it’s fragile and could come loose from the wiper during a heavy downpour. Worn rubber also hardens and can scratch your windscreen, increasing your costs in the long run.
Movement or wind lift: Windscreen wipers that are in good condition move smoothly across the glass. When there is damage or as the rubber ages they often begin catching, which can affect the clarity. A second indication is that you notice the wiper raise off of the glass while moving at a high speed. This could also mean that the arm needs replacing.
Chattering or scraping sounds: Windscreen wipers should ideally be silent or very quiet. Any chattering, scraping or squeaking sounds indicate that the rubber has begun to degrade and is not flush against the windscreen.
Finally, one thing to bear in mind is that wipers which need changing won’t be able to stand up to hazardous weather conditions. For that reason, at Mister-Auto we advise you always have a spare set of windscreen wipers in your car in the event that they fail.
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