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Q: How do you check the condition of the wiper blades?

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How do you check the condition of the wiper blades?

Your wiper blades might not seem like the most critical component of your car, but there’s no doubt they’re vital when it starts raining. Checking their condition is very important. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Spray the windshield with washer fluid.

  2. Watch the wipers.

  3. If you see streaks left behind, or hear a scratching noise, they’re past the point of needing to be replaced.

  4. Replace the blades as soon as possible.

Tips

Worn wiper blades can scratch the glass on your windshield if the rubber wears down to the point that the metal is exposed.

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