Driving down the road, smooth and nice. Until…
The rain suddenly starts pouring down—heavily.
You can’t help but turn on your windshield
wipers, after all, it’s imperative that you maintain on-road visibility
to avoid any accidents or collisions.
As you turn the switch…
Wait, what’s that sound?
Squeak, squeak, squeak…
Followed by another squeak.
It’s coming from your windshield wipers as they laboriously arc the
surface of your car’s screen.
But what’s causing your windshield
wipers to squeak?
There can be several reasons for that. Below are the most common ones, and a few proposed solutions to help you fix your chattering windshield
Built-up dirt on your windshield
If you haven’t cleaned your windshield
for a long time, those fallen leaves, twigs, road debris and dirt are very likely to have accumulated on it and they might be what causing your wipers to squeak.
The Fix:You need to thoroughly clean your windshield and your windshield wipers. Nothing too technical here. Simply grab a glass cleaner from a local store, spray it onto the windshield and the rubber of your windshield wipers, and clean them using a soft cloth.
Your windshield lacks moisture
When your windshield
lacks moisture, friction may impede the movement of wipers causing them to squeak.
A little extra lubrication should do the trick. Open your windshield
wiper fluid reservoir—it’s located under your car’s hood—and simply refill it. However, make sure you don’t fill it to the top. Leave it partially unfilled to avoid spillage when closing the cap.
That wax—you just applied!
Did you apply wax on your windshield before
you hit the road? Well, then it’s very likely that the wax is causing your windshield
wipers to squeak.
Simple, just remove the wax. Get a piece of soft cloth, dampen it with water and wring out any wax in excess.
Your wiper blades are old and have been worn out
Wiper blades can develop wear and tear. Just like any other equipment. Excessively worn out wiper blades have rough edges and these rough and exposed edges can cause them to squeak as they move across your windshield
. Not only that, but they may also cause permanent scratches on your windshield—or at worst damage it.
Get your wiper blades replaced immediately. Don’t worry, they don’t cost much; you can easily afford them.
If your windshield
has been damaged by the squeak of your wiper blades, reach out
to us, we’ll come to your place and repair it. If the damage turns out to be beyond repairable, we can also replace your windshield.