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How do I Know When my Wipers Need to be Replaced?

Windscreen Wiper

For most of us, cars are pretty complicated things that are best left to professionals to sort out if there are any problems. But there are a number of things on even the most expensive vehicles that we can take care of ourselves. Unfortunately, some of these car care items can get neglected until it starts to have a big, and potentially serious, effect on the functionality of our vehicle, and therefore our car safety. Windscreen wipers are a simple but invaluable part of any vehicle, which in certain conditions make the difference between being able to see clearly out of the windscreen, and not being able to see anything at all. So, let's take a look at the warning signs that your car wipers might be coming to the end of their useful life, so you know when they need to be replaced to maintain your car vision.

Signs of wear to look out for

The first, and perhaps most obvious, sign that your windscreen wipers are on the way out is when they leave streaks of water where the blade has failed to remove it effectively. There really should be no streaks whatsoever after the pass of a wiper, so if there are, it's more than likely a sign the rubber is wearing out. This is a natural occurrence of everyday wear and tear, but even if your wipers are new, a stone chip or some other objects can damage a wiper, and it's not going to get any better without being replaced.

Your windscreen can act a little like a big speaker to warn you there's a problem with your wipers. If you hear noises such as scratching, squeaking or screeching when your wipers are operating, it's highly likely they're worn or damaged and need replacing.

As well as operating with minimal noise, wiper blades in good condition should also move across your screen in a smooth and uninterrupted manner. If they are starting to judder as they make a sweep it's definitely a sign there's a problem with them.

Prevention better than cure

It's always better to prevent a problem occurring in the first place than fixing it when it happens, especially where it can affect the safety of you and your passengers. If you've ever been driving along on a largely dry motorway and then hit an isolated patch of water that covers your windscreen in dirty water, you'll know what a relief it is to simply switch the wipers on and fully restore your vision in a second. But if you've had such an experience and found all that the wipers do is smear the dirt, and possibly even made your vision worse, you'll appreciate what a good idea it is to take preventative measures. It's therefore a good idea to inspect your wipers on a weekly basis to check the condition of the rubber. If you see wear such as ragged, jagged, split or distorted edges where the wiper touches the windscreen, get them replaced right away.

For more information about your windscreen wipers and to have us change them for you if you're not confident about doing it yourself, don't hesitate to get in touch with us here at Sportif Citroën.


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