We rarely think about our car’s wiper blades until they suddenly stop working or are giving us problems. And once they do, driving can be quite unpleasant. There are also times when you buy a new pair of blades and still end up with a blurry front windshield. Today, we’ll explore some of the common wiper windshield problems that drivers encounter and how you can deal with them so you can drive safely.
Smearing Wiper Blades
Your car windshield wipers are smearing water left and right. It may be because of these potential problems:
- Dirty wiper blades
- A dirty windshield
- Worn-out or damaged wiper blades
- Low-quality windshield wiper fluid
Try cleaning both your car’s windshield and wiper blades before replacing the blades with a new one. You can also try using a new wiper fluid for better results. When it comes to cleaning wiper blades, all you need is a clean cloth and hot water mixed with soap. After cleaning off the soap, wipe the edge of both blades with rubbing alcohol. It will help reduce the streaks on your vehicle’s windshield.
Water Smearing in one direction
This problem typically occurs in the colder parts of the US, and there’s not much you can do about it. However, once it occurs during warmer conditions, it means your wiper blades are worn out or are the wrong size. Either way, it will still lead to water smearing in one direction and require a new wiper blade replacement.
Water Beads You can’t Wipe Off
This problem can be extremely annoying when driving, especially when it’s raining or foggy. Water beads are normally easy to wipe away with your car’s windshield wiper blades, but there are times when this isn’t the case. It normally happens in highly-polluted areas like cities where grime and residue that stick on your car’s windshield get mixed up with water. You may need to use a wax remover to remove the dirt before cleaning it with water. Be sure to watch the paint when you do!
Do you hear a chattering sound from your wiper blades? It means that the windshield wiper blades aren’t wiping away the water efficiently. You will also spot blade marks on the auto glass. A few potential culprits that cause this problem include oil, wax or grease, which inhibits the blades from working properly.
To resolve this problem, scrub your car’s windshield glass thoroughly. You should clean the wiper blades as well. If there’s still chattering sounds, you should examine the wiper arm as there’s a chance that it’s bent. To check if it’s bent or not, bring the wiper up to mid-stroke on the car’s windshield and examine the blades. The wiper arms should be parallel to the windshield, and the blades should be making full contact with the glass.
You can fix a bent wiper arm by carefully twisting it with some pliers until it becomes parallel with the glass again. Wiper blades can also freeze in the cold, so defrost them before using them during the winter and cold.