Every driver uses their windshield wiper blades to maintain a clear view of their surroundings. Even if it doesn’t rain a lot where you live, windshield wiper blades are still useful when you need to clear dirt and debris from the windshield. If you’ve ever turned on your wiper blades only to discover that they’re broken or ineffective, you know how important it is to keep up with their maintenance. You can keep your windshield clean and your sight clear by staying on top of windshield wiper service and replacements.
How Often Do Wiper Blades Need to Be Replaced?
Many windshield wiper blade manufacturers suggest replacing your wiper blades at least once a year. However, since there are various manufacturers and brands of windshield wiper blades, we recommend checking the information provided by the manufacturer of your specific wiper blades. You’ll also want to keep in mind that wiper blades can wear out prematurely, and you’ll need to replace them as soon as you notice signs of damage.
How to Know When Your Wiper Blades Are Damaged
Windshield wiper blades don’t have to be old to get damaged, so it’s essential that you’re able to recognize the signs of damaged wiper blades. To inspect your wiper blades, simply turn on your wiper fluid while you’re parked and watch for the following signs:
- They clear some of the windshield, but wet spots are left behind
- They leave streaks of water or debris on the windshield
- They make a squeaking sound when they pass over the windshield
- You notice a vibration or strange sound while using your wiper blades
- There are cracks or bends on your wiper blades
Since it’s a safety risk to drive with ineffective windshield wiper blades, you should schedule service or replace them if you notice one or more of these signs.
Can You Prevent Wiper Blade Damage?
Simply using your windshield wiper blades can cause them to wear down. You should always use your wiper blades whenever you need them, so how can you make them last longer if you can’t control how often they’re used? First, make sure your wiper blades have enough water to lubricate them so they can glide smoothly across the windshield. You can do this by adjusting their speed settings according to the amount of rain. The sun can also be harsh on your wiper blades, so we encourage drivers to park under a covered or shaded area when possible.
Schedule Service at Bob Moore Ford Commercial
Our service department at Bob Moore Ford Commercial is here to help Oklahoma drivers see clearing during their travels around Oklahoma City, Norman, and Edmond. We can inspect your wiper blades or replace them with a new set from our parts department. Come and see us in Moore, OK, to get your windshield wiper blades serviced or replaced by our highly trained technicians.
Windshield wiper service and replacements at Bob Moore Ford Commercial can help you keep your commercial vehicle in excellent condition.