How Long Do Windscreen Wipers Last?

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Do you really understand your windscreen wipers? Regardless of the weather conditions, the prerequisite for all safe driving is that the driver has a good line of sight. The presence of the wiper can sweep away the rain, snow, and dust on the windshield that obstructs vision. During use, the driver can manually adjust the operating frequency of the wiper according to the amount of rain and the change in vehicle speed. At present, in some mid-to-high-end models, automatic wipers are gradually being equipped, which can automatically detect the amount of rain on the front windshield and automatically turn on work.

 

How long do windscreen wipers last?

Generally speaking, the use time of the wiper blade is about 6-12 months. The wiper should replace after the longest use of 2 years. However, the use environment, the quality of the rubber strip itself and the specific replacement time are also different. If the following phenomena occur, the wiper should be replaced in advance.

 

First, the phenomenon of fine water.

The water drop phenomenon refers to the fact that after the wiper wipes, there are still small water droplets attached to the windshield. This may be caused by problems such as car wax or oil film and the quality of the wiper itself. The water droplets remaining on the windshield can easily cause blurred vision and affect driving safety. When this happens, we are about to replace the wiper.

 

Second, the scratching noise

When the wiper is exposed to the air for a long time, it is inevitable that the rubber strips will age and the firmware will wear out. The most obvious manifestation is the abnormal noise caused by the friction between the wiper and the glass when scraping. At this time, if we don’t replace the wiper, it is likely to cause wear and damage to the windshield. Thus, it will not be worth the loss.

 

Third, the band marks

Unlike the phenomenon of fine water, a problem with the wiper may leave strips of marks on the windshield, affecting the driving vision. This is often caused by the incomplete fit of the wiper and the windshield. Of course, it may also be caused by a problem with the wiper arm and other firmware. We need to check the wiper carefully and prepare for replacement.

 

Are silicone wiper blades better?

Silicone performs better than rubber right out of the box. And the wiper leaves a water-repellent hydrophobic layer on the windshield over time. The main advantage of silicone wiper blades is durability measured in years instead of months. They can last three times as long as conventional rubber blades. What needs to be considered is that the cost of silicone wipers is higher than that of the rubber wiper blade.

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