August 11, 2022
Written by
Kate Rochat

How Often Do You Need to Change Your Windshield Wipers?

Changing your windshield wipers is not something that often reaches the top of your to-do list. However, your windshield wipers have a very important role in the safety of your vehicle. If the wiper blades become dull and no longer function as well as they should, there is a high risk that your windshield will be difficult to see out of, decreasing your visibility as a driver. 

Thus, neglecting to replace your wiper blades can be very dangerous. It is recommended that you get your wiper blades replaced approximately every 6 months to a year, depending on the climate you live in.

When Should I Replace my Wiper Blades Based on my Climate?

If you live in a colder environment with lots of snowy precipitation and your windshield wipers rarely get a day off, you will likely need to replace the wiper blades sooner rather than later, or closer to the 6 month mark. 

On the other hand, if you live in a drier and warmer climate, and your windshield wipers rarely get used, you can wait up to 12 months to get the blades replaced.

If you live in a temperate climate with warm summers and snowy winters, this replacement should fall somewhere in between 6 and 12 months. 

Because when to replace your wiper blades is not an exact science, we’ve laid out some tips regarding the telltale signs that you need your wiper blades replaced pronto.

How to tell you need your windshield wipers replaced

  1. There is a lot of Squeaking and Chattering

While a bit of squeaking coming from your windshield wipers is normal, constant squeaking accompanied by a “chattering” sound likely indicates that it is time to replace your wiper blades. This chattering sound means that the plastic part of your windshield wipers is the part that is dragging across the glass of your windshield, rather than the rubber of the wiper blade, which results in poor visibility.

  1. The Frame of the Blade is Damaged or Bent

The frame of the wiper blade is the plastic and metal that keeps the blade in place. The frame can be easily damaged, especially when scraping ice and hardened snow off the windshield during winter months. This can result in a particular part of the windshield not getting cleaned.

This is a good indication that you should replace your wiper blades immediately, as if these are left damaged, they can be bent permanently and cause poor visibility on the road with no easy fix.

  1. Streaks on the Windshield

If you are noticing streaks on your windshield constantly, and do not know the cause, it is likely that your wiper blades are worn out and need to be replaced. To test if you’re experiencing regular streaking that should raise concern or if you need a wiper blade replacement, spray your wiper fluid and use your windshield wipers to try and clean the windshield. If you are still left with a dirty film of grime left on the windshield, this likely means that the rubber on the wiper blades has become worn down and is not contacting properly with the windshield.

  1. The Blades’ Rubber is Cracked & Failing

The rubber on the wiper blades can become cracked due to drying out by the sun. If the rubber on your wiper blades appears to be dried out and cracking, it will not be able to function properly, leaving you with poor visibility on the road.

  1. The Wiper Blade Adhesive is Failing

There is a rubber adhesive that holds the blade to the frame. If this adhesive fails, it can cause the wiper blade to begin to fall off of the windshield wiper, causing it to not wipe the windshield properly. 

Getting Your Wiper Blades Replaced

After 6-12 months, or when any of the above symptoms begin to occur, it is very important to get your wiper blades replaced as soon as possible. Without functional windshield wipers, you will not be able to see as well out of your windshield, which can be very dangerous. 

Getting your wiper blades replaced generally falls between $20 and $40, and the process only takes a few minutes. Replace your wiper blades soon to make sure you are safe on the road.