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How Often Do Windshield Wipers Need to Be Changed?

Now that it is officially fall, it's time to start thinking about your vehicle's fall maintenance. One important service item that is important for the changing weather is your windshield wipers. Your vehicle's windshield wipers are critical when it comes to driving in the rain that will more than likely start falling in the coming months. They help clear your windshield so that you can see clearly through the rain. Getting stuck driving in the rain without working wipers can be very dangerous and put you at risk for accidents on the road. 

So, how often do windshield wipers need to be replaced? Because they are constantly exposed and the rubber on them is thin, they tend to need to be replaced every 6 months or so, but at least every year. It depends on how often you use your wipers and whether or not you constantly park in direct sunlight. The summer does tend to wear down wipers faster than usual and can cause the rubber to dry out or fray.

If your windshield wipers need to be replaced, you'll notice one or more of the following symptoms when you turn on your wipers: 

  • Skipping
  • Smearing
  • Skidding
  • Wipers appear dry, cracked, or frayed
  • Chattering noises
  • Bent frames
  • Streaking

Any of these symptoms with your wipers means its time for a new set. Wipers are relatively inexpensive and this service is quick. If you believe that you are due for a windshield wiper replacement, we can take care of that for you right here at Family Auto Service. Get it done before you get stuck in the rain! Give us a call or stop by our nearest shop today. 


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