Not only can squeaking windshield wipers be annoying, they can also be distracting and this is potentially dangerous when you are navigating your vehicle through traffic. There could be a variety of causes for the squeakiness of your wipers, such as dirt and debris on your windshield or wiper blades, damage to the blades or build-up of chemicals on your windshield.
Here are several tips to make sure your wipers are operating in tip-top shape:
- Make sure your windshield is clean and free of pits or cracks, which can damage your wiper blades.
- Replace your wiper blade refills on a regular basis. Blades can become cracked and damaged due to constant exposure to sun, wind and rain. So keep them in the best shape possible.
- Make sure your windshield washer fluid is filled regularly. If your wipers aren’t getting enough lubrication when they operate, it can cause them to skip and squeak.
- Check the wiper arm and make sure it is screwed properly. If the arm is too tight or too loose, it can cause the blade to skip or squeak.
- Wipe your blade edges at least once a month with an alcohol prep pad or alcohol wipe. This cleans dirt and debris off the blades.
Changing your wiper blades is an easy task that you can do yourself, but if your windshield is damaged you shall get it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. This is not only to prevent you from possibly getting a ticket, but also to keep your visibility at a maximum level when you’re on the road and to keep you safe while driving.