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How to Troubleshoot Your Windshield Wiper Problems

Water streaks and loud squeaks on your windshield can be very annoying to deal with when you're in distress. No driver should have to suffer through poor visibility on their rainy drives. Did you know that an astounding 90% of all driving decisions are based solely on visual cues? This statistic presents the importance of windshield wipers when it comes to seeing in wet weather conditions. If you encounter windshield wiper problems, here are some quick and easy fixes that you can try at home!

 

HERE'S WHAT TO DO WHEN...

YOUR WIPERS LEAVE WATER STREAKS ALL OVER THE WINDSHIELD. 

If your windshield wipers start leaving water streaks all over your windscreen, they aren't doing any good. There are a few different reasons why streaking is occurring. The first reason is you may be operating worn wiper blades. Wiper blades are manufactured out of soft rubber, so they wear out and need replacement over time. Most manufacturers suggest a replacement in as little time as every six months. If your wiper blades are newer and you're positive that old rubber isn't the issue, then it may be a build-up of dirt and grime. Clean your wiper blades by wiping them down with warm, soapy water, and rub the edge of the blade with rubbing alcohol.

YOUR WIPERS ARE CLATTERING AGAINST YOUR WINDSHIELD.

If your wipers are obnoxiously rattling when you're trying to use them, then you're likely to get distracted. Loud and squeaky windshield wipers can be caused by filthy blades, a bent wiper arm, or old wipers that need replacement. Warped wiper blades aren't able to come in contact with the windshield, causing the clashing. To fix the issue, you can use a pair of pliers to twist the arm back into proper form or have a professional technician take a look!

 

It can never hurt to get your windshield wipers replaced as you'll feel safer with better vision. If any of these tips or tricks don't fix your wiper problem, come to D. Wells Automotive Services for a wiper replacement. Give us a call or visit today. 

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