Can Bad Wipers Damage or Scratch the Windshield?

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Driving with wiper blades that aren’t clearing properly can be more than just frustrating; it can be dangerous. Streaks and sections that don’t clear can obstruct your clear view of the road. Normally this is caused by bad wiper blades that need to be replaced. The rubber edge is torn or nicked and water is able to sneak by without being wiped away.

Bad windshield wiper blades can cause more than just streaks on your windshield. Torn wiper blades or wipers missing the rubber blade edge can often leave deep scratches on your windshield. Many wiper blades used today have thin metal strips in the wiper blade that can make contact with the windshield and cause scratches as well. The scratches left on the windshield:

  • Are just as distracting as streaks
  • Reflect sunlight and headlight beams from other traffic
  • Channel water past wiper blades
  • Can cause premature wear of new wiper blades

In some cases where the scratches are really minor, it may be possible to polish the scratches out of the glass. The process is quite delicate, and polishing your windshield can cause it to warp, distort, or even shatter if not done correctly. You may only be able to minimize the appearance and effects of the scratches in the windshield, even if they are only minor.

If you notice that your windshield wipers are in poor condition, the rubber blade edge is torn or hanging off, or leave streaks on your windshield, have them replaced right away.


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John

26 years of experience
493 reviews
John
26 years of experience
Mercedes-Benz E350 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Seabrook, Texas
John is great, easy to talk to, very reassuring, kind , always has a smile on his face, but most importantly he does great work!!
Ford E-150 Econoline - Windshield Wiper Blade - Friendswood, Texas
Conscientious diagnostician, a really excellent, competent mechanic. Goes above and beyond the minimum required. Cheerful, confident attitude.

Honorio

18 years of experience
791 reviews
Honorio
18 years of experience
Mazda CX-5 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Mountain View, California
He was very good at doing everything I signed up for. Helped also helped me identify an issue with my car.
Mazda 2 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Stanford, California
Very efficient - gave great advice on how to take care of car. Advised if parts/repairs are not needed. Great experience.

Wesley

8 years of experience
25 reviews
Wesley
8 years of experience
Chevrolet Silverado 1500 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Glendale, Arizona
Wesley was awesome!! He had a cancellation that just so happened to be right before mine, and gave me a call to ask me if it was okay for him to come early. And of course I said yes! When he arrived he jumped right on the job. He finished in a very timely manner and knew exactly what he was talking about which reassures me as a customer! He ended the inspection with a very detailed follow up on the best route(s) possible for everything he caught that needed work as well as an explanation as to what may have caused it as well as how to fix it if they are not able to! He did a marvelous job with everything and got me pointed me in the right direction to fix it! Thanks Wess!(:

Mazyar

7 years of experience
203 reviews
Mazyar
7 years of experience
Mazda Tribute - Windshield Wiper Blade - Rex, Georgia
Mazyar did my battery properly and performed oil change and change of wiper blades. He did a great job.

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