To effectively clean your windshield of dirt, bugs, or other debris, you must have wiper blades in good condition. Most automotive experts and manufacturers recommend replacing windshield blades every six months. Other car owners choose to replace the blades as needed or when their oil is changed. Whichever maintenance method you choose, we can all agree that it needs to be done to have a clean windshield every day. Wiper blades in bad condition might block your view of the road, posing a safety risk.
Usually you have two options:
- Replace the wiper blade cartridge that attaches to the wiper arms. This includes the pivoting part of the wiper blade and the rubber strip that touches the windshield.
- Replace the wiper refill that attaches to the wiper cartridge – or the rubber band that specifically fits into a slot in the wiper cartridge.
What is Wiper Refill?
The wiper refill is the rubber piece present in the wiper blade that makes contact with the windshield and removes water and snow, allowing you to see the road ahead clearly. Your wiper refill will wear out over time. The rubber deteriorates over time, cracking and tearing, resulting in poor contact with the glass of windshield.
Windshield wiper refill will begin to shrink, crack, and dry as a result of regular wear and use, leaving it unable to effectively clean water from the windshield glass. If you choose not to replace your wiper refill as needed, there are some important warning signs will alert you is that it’s time to replace them. If left without replacement, the wiper blades can wear out completely, damaging the windshield and, in some cases, damaging other wiper components. When traveling in bad weather, Windshield wiper refill replacement essential to stay safe.
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What are the Signs of a Worn Wiper Refill?
- Squealing noise during wiper blade operation
- You will find streaks on your Windshield.
- Visible damage to wiper blade refill
- Windshield wipers seem to bounce when operating
How Windshield Wiper Refill Replacement Done?
This is how our mechanic replaces your windshield wiper refill:
- Lifts the wiper arms from the glass.
- Unclip the wiper blade holder from the wiper arm.
- The damaged wiper refill is removed from the wiper blade holder and replaced with a new one.
- On the wiper arms, the wiper blade holder is replaced.
- The wiper arms are put back to its position to the windshield and inspected to ensure that they are working properly.
Replace your windshield wiper refills if you see poor visibility on your windshield even after using wiper. Most experts recommend replacing your refills every six months or so. However, this might vary according to the temperature and weather. It’s imperative that you have the proper size blades for your vehicle. In most cases, the side blade of the driver will be longer than that of the passenger side, and each vehicle requires a certain size combination. Replace your windshield wiper refills, which has the correct size, and have one of Swezo’s skilled mechanics inspect the wiper system for any potential concerns.