Wiper Blade Wear Guide

Wiper Blade Wear

To check windscreen wipers for wear, the wiper arm should be lifted up so the rubber blade is away from the screen. The rubber blade can then be inspected and checked for any signs of wear or damage. Cracks and tears can be caused by continued exposure to the elements, whether that be sun, rain, ice or snow. However, any cracks or damage to the windscreen can also cause damage to the wipers, so it’s essential to repair any damage to the windscreen immediately.

Check the wipers for any cracks or tears. Over time, the rubber blade on a windscreen wiper will become hard and cracked, especially in hot or dry climates. If the rubber blade has lost its spring and appears to be worn at all, it is time to replace it.

Check for streaks when using the wipers. Another sign of wear is when the wiper blade leaves streaks or blurred sections when wiping the screen. It may only be a small streak but this can cause visibility problems and it’s advisable to replace the wipers at the first sign of wear, as the streaks will only get worse over time.

It’s advisable to check all wiper blades at the same time, front and rear. Although the rear wiper is generally used less, it will still be exposed to the same amount of weather conditions.

Worn or damaged wipers blades can be an MOT test failure, so should always be checked prior to this yearly test.