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A clear view of the road ahead is one of the most important aspects of safe driving. Your windshield wipers keep excessive water, snow, and dirt from accumulating on your windshield to help maintain clear visibility. Imagine driving in the rain or snow without your wipers. But like many vehicle parts, windshield wipers don’t last forever, and require regular maintenance. Let’s go over how often you should change your windshield wipers, the importance of replacing your wipers, and how you can do it.
Most manufacturers don’t have a prescribed change interval like “change every year or 12,000 miles.” The biggest factor for knowing when to replace your windshield wipers is wear and tear. Over time, your wipers’ rubber materials break down due to oxidation and exposure to the sun’s UV rays, causing them to become stiff and brittle. Also, your wipers can wear out by repeatedly moving back and forth across your windshield.
So how do you know when it’s time for a change? Be on the lookout for these telltale signs:
Feeling like a DIYer? It’s important to refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for the specific instructions for your vehicle, but here are a few general guidelines for changing your windshield wipers.
While you can definitely DIY your wiper blade replacement, you may prefer a little help. The team at Jiffy Lube is happy to inspect your wiper blades for wear, cracks, irregular spots, and other replacement signs. If a replacement is needed, they will carefully install new wiper blades that meet Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) specifications, ensuring greater longevity and clearer visibility on the road ahead.
After all, excellent visibility is key to safe driving, and optimal windshield wiper performance helps ensure you can see the road with a clear, unobstructed view.
NOTE: Not all services are offered at all Jiffy Lube service centers. Please call ahead or check jiffylube.com to ensure the service is available at the Jiffy Lube location near you.