Often overlooked, good windshield wipers are extremely important to your vehicle’s overall safety. Especially when winter weather causes unpredictable driving conditions, make sure you’re on the lookout for these signs of underperforming wipers. If you’re ready for the ultimate safety and performance upgrade, it’s a perfect time to get behind the wheel of a brand new 2018 Kia Optima or Sorento. In the meantime, read on to learn more about maintaining proper wiper health from Jack Miller Kia Parts.
If your wiper blades are cracked, broken, or otherwise damaged, it is time to replace them. Without a good rubber blade, your wipers could be doing more harm than good.
Damaged or excessively dirty windshield wipers may cause streaking or leave a filmy residue when used. If your wipers are doing this, cleaning could help, but it most likely means they need to be replaced entirely.
Your wipers shouldn’t make much noise at all, so if yours are creating a loud chattering sound when in use, it means it’s time to install a new pair. This sound usually indicates that your wipers are only making partial contact with the windshield, which in turn leads to only a partial clearing or rain and other debris you count on your blades to remove.
Bent blade frames
This might sound obvious, but make a habit of examining your wiper blade frames frequently to make sure they aren’t bent. It’s easy to bend your frames when scraping ice off of your windshield, so this is especially important in the winter. Bent frames won’t make proper contact with the glass, so they will need to be replaced.
Changing your wipers seasonally might seem like an exorbitant expense, but doing so is much cheaper than the cost associated with a serious accident that can result from low visibility.
If you have any questions about wiper blade replacement, our team at Jack Miller Kia Parts is ready with the answers.