How Often Should Wiper Blades be Replaced?

The windshield wiper blades in our cars and trucks are an often-overlooked element. Since they tend to slowly degrade over time before losing their ability to function correctly, it might appear as though they are working somewhat properly. But, looks can be deceiving. Casey’s team in Sterling, VA, is here with a helpful tip!

What causes wiper blades to degrade?

In Sterling, VA, wiper blades are exposed to many elements of which cause their eventual wear. When the rubber sits in the elements (heat, cold, sunlight, etc.), it degrades. That can cause the rubber to stick in a singular position instead of changing as it is intended to. Over time, those same variables also cause small cuts, gashes, and weakening of the blades, which lowers their proficiency.

Well, that is until you turn them on and see them skipping across the glass while hearing a “guh guh guh.” You see, the rubber that touches the windshield on your blades faces one direction while moving up, then flips the other way while going down. 

How long do windshield wipers last?

Depending on the brand, element exposure, and occurrence of use, replacement times can vary. Generally speaking, it is said to be every 6-12 months.

Windshield Wiper Blade Replacements in Sterling, Virginia

At Casey’s in Sterling, VA, we recommend having them inspected during every oil change. When you book with us for any service, we will subject your car or truck to a thorough inspection. The inspection report is sent directly to the customer’s phone and includes pictures of damaged wiper blades. As usual, always check with your vehicle-specific user’s manual for all maintenance needs. 

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