When To Replace Your Windshield Wipers

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When To Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Here in Mid-Missouri, windshield wipers do more than just protect your visibility during the rain: they can help with those dirt roads, gravel driveways, and stray pebbles flying at you. For this reason, it’s essential to replace your windshield wipers promptly!


Replacing your wipers is something you should do at least once a year. This is especially true if you drive through those harsher weather conditions or don’t have a garage to protect your vehicle from snowfall. 


The frequency of your wiper replacement will depend on how often you use them and the conditions of the roads you’re driving on. Here are a few signs that you need to replace your windshield wipers and how often you should replace them.

3 Signs Your Wipers Are Worse for Wear

Windshield wipers have a designated “lifetime,” which can be extended with proper care (or be affected by tough weather conditions). If you notice the following, it’s likely your wipers are reaching their endpoint:


Streaking. One of the most common signs that your wipers are old is streaking. If there are streaks of water still left on your windshield after using your wipers, then it’s time to get new ones. 

Cracks. If you notice any cracks on the rubber part of your wipers, that’s a sign that they are old and need to be replaced. 

Noise. If your wipers make a lot of noise when you turn them on, that’s another sign that they need to be replaced.


The rubber parts flailing out against the windshield indicates that your wipers need to be replaced ASAP!


At The Auto Shop, customers don’t realize how badly their wipers are working until after we install the new ones. Our eyes tend to get used to challenges and adapt, but replacing your wipers promptly keeps you safer!

How To Know If You’ve Installed The Wrong Wipers For Your Vehicle

Did you know that there are hundreds of different kinds of wiper blades?


Depending on your vehicle type, you may need different wipers. Make sure to get the right ones for your vehicle. If you live in an area with colder winters, you may need more durable wipers. 


Sometimes, when you go to a big box store, you may grab a pair of universal wipers. That'll do the trick, but wipers made just for your vehicle work even better! Additionally, if your windshield has a lot of bumps or imperfections, you may need a different type of wiper altogether.

Quick DIY For Installing Wipers

If you want to save money, you can replace your windshield wipers yourself. All you need is a screwdriver and some patience. Start by lifting up the wiper arm and loosening the screws. Then, you can remove the old wipers and install the new ones.


Even though you can replace your wipers, it’s still best to visit a professional mechanic. At The Auto Shop in Jefferson City, our certified mechanics can inspect and replace your wipers quickly and efficiently. Not only that, but we also offer a wide range of auto repair services, so you can get your car serviced in one place. Visit our website today for more information about our services.

Come Visit The Auto Shop for Wiper Replacements And More!​​

The Auto Shop is located at 612 Missouri Boulevard Court, Jefferson City, MO, 65109. Our shop is the only ASE blue-ribbon certified shop within 100 miles! We have diagnostic equipment in each tech bay, so you don’t have to wait around to get work done. Our business hours are Monday - Friday, 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM. We accept cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover for payments.