When to Replace Your Car Wiper Blades

Windshield wiper blades are the unsung heroes of the modern automobile. They turn on at the push of a button and work diligently for hours at a time, if necessary, to make sure that your field of vision is clear. However, all of this hard work eventually takes a serious toll on your wiper blades’ ability to keep your windshield clean.

In this article, we’ll help drivers from across the Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, and Newport Beach area determine when they should replace the wiper blades on their vehicles. We’ll also take a look at some of the warning signs that your wiper blades need to be replaced.

How Long Do My Wiper Blades Last?

windshieldThe average lifespan of a pair of typical wiper blades is about six months, although you could find your blades only need to be replaced once a year. It really depends on what your wiper blades are made of and what kind of conditions you drive in.

Weather can play a big part in how long your wiper blades continue to work properly. Intense sunlight and heat–that’s you, Southern California–has a tendency to wear down plastic and rubber parts, causing the wiper blades to crack.

If you’re looking for the longest-lasting wiper blades, we suggest a pair of silicone blades. However, be prepared to pay much more than if you were purchasing traditional rubber blades. Meanwhile, halogen-hardened rubber blades fall somewhere in the middle in terms of average price and longevity.

Signs That You Need New Windshield Wiper Blades

You should be able to tell pretty easily when you need new wiper blades because your current blades just won’t do as good of a job of clearing the windshield. However, in case you’re ever unsure, here’s a list of warning signs that could indicate your wipers are on their way out:

  • Streaking
  • A chattering sound
  • Juddering/jerkiness
  • The margins remain unwashed
  • A screeching sound even when plenty of moisture is present

If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, don’t wait – order new wiper blades today! Old wiper blades could leave you with a compromised view of the road, which can be extremely dangerous. Plus broken wipers can potentially damage your windshield, which could mean an expensive repair.

Choosing the Right Wiper Blades for Your Car

When you visit your local dealership, the mechanics on staff will be able to help you pick the right wiper blades for your vehicle. Depending on the type of windshield wipers your car is equipped with, how long the blades are, and what kind of material you’re looking for, installing a new pair of wiper blades can be a relatively quick and simple job.

To find out what kind of wiper blades are available to order, contact us at Norm Reeves Volkswagen Superstore in Irvine. We’ll help you decide which blades make the most sense for you, and we’ll even install them on your car. We look forward to working with you and helping you determine when to replace your car wiper blades.