Wiper blades are necessary for the Troutville drivers, especially during this time of year. The transition from fall to winter can be harsh and abrupt in Southwest Virginia, so it's best to be prepared for inclement weather conditions. We often forget about replacing our wiper blades and don't consider them part of our normal vehicle maintenance. However, they are just as crucial to your safety as an oil change or tire service.
If you want to be extra careful, your wipers should be replaced every six to twelve months. The interval between each replacement can vary depending on use, blade quality, and other environmental factors.
Typically, all cars will have a set of wiper blades for the windshield. If you have an SUV or vehicle that sits higher, you may also have rear windshield wipers. Most of the time, you can utilize your senses to determine whether you need new wiper blades. Proper functioning wipers should always be able to clear off the dirt, rain, or snow on your windshield with ease. Here are some symptoms that may indicate it's time for a replacement:
Sign #1: Squeaking Sound
It can be very annoying and distracting to sit through high-pitched screeches while concentrating on the road. You may be tempted to drown out the sounds by turning up your music, but it can only do so much. If you want to get rid of the noise, go replace your wiper blades.
Sign #2: Streaking
Streaks are an evident indication that you need to restore your windshield wiper blades. You may alleviate this problem by wiping the blades with a rag, but if the problem persists, it means you need new blades.
Sign #3: Skipping or Blades Not Making Contact with Glass
If the wipers you have aren't able to reach your windshield, then that means you need new ones. The reason behind the gap is probably due to aged rubber or warped or bent frames.
You should never put off a wiper blade replacement as it can put you in unsafe situations. Our ASE-certified technicians can take great care of your vehicle, including installing both front and rear wiper blades. For assistance on your automotive needs, please call or visit Cavalier Automotive in Troutville, VA, today.