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Signs It's Time to Replace Your Windscreen Wipers

When it comes to road safety, having a clear view of the road ahead is paramount for drivers, especially during unpredictable weather conditions. Your windscreen wipers play a crucial role in maintaining visibility, but like all vehicle components, they require regular maintenance and replacement to ensure optimal performance. Most drivers don't even realise they need new wipers until a storm approaches or heavy rain begins to fall. Deteriorated wipers produce an uneven wipe, which prevents proper contact with the windshield surface leaving you without a clear view of the road ahead. In this blog post, we'll explore the signs that indicate it's time to replace your windscreen wipers.

Streaking or Smearing

One of the most common signs that your windscreen wipers need replacing is streaking or smearing on your windscreen when they are in use. Streaking is caused by dry rubber that has hardened and cracked. Streaking can also be caused by tree sap, road tar and other foreign substances on the blade rubber. If you notice that your wipers leave behind streaks or fail to clear water effectively, it's a clear indication that the rubber blades have deteriorated and are no longer making proper contact with the windscreen.

Skipping or Chattering

When windscreen wipers skip or chatter across the glass instead of moving smoothly, it can indicate that the rubber blades have become hardened or worn unevenly. Skipping or chattering is often caused by the “permanent set” or “curve” in the rubber that some wiper blades develop while they are not being used. This condition is characterised by the chattering sound the blade makes as it passes across the windshield. This can result in inconsistent clearing of water and compromise your visibility on the road, particularly during heavy rain or misty conditions.

Squeaking or Squealing Noises

Excessive noise, such as squeaking or squealing, when your wipers are in operation is another telltale sign of worn-out blades. This noise occurs when the rubber blades become hardened or lose their flexibility, causing friction against the windscreen. Ignoring these noises can lead to further damage to your windscreen and decreased effectiveness of your wipers.

Visible Damage or Deformation

Inspect your windscreen wipers regularly for visible signs of damage or deformation, such as cracks, splits, or bent frames. Damage to the rubber blades can compromise their ability to make proper contact with the windscreen, leading to reduced clearing effectiveness and potential scratches on the glass surface.

Poor Performance in Wet Weather

If you find that your windscreen wipers struggle to clear water effectively, especially during heavy rain or when driving at higher speeds, it's a clear indication that they are no longer functioning as they should. Poor performance in wet weather can significantly impair your visibility and increase the risk of accidents on the road.

Replacing Your Windscreen Wipers

When it's time to replace your windscreen wipers, it's essential to choose the right size and type for your vehicle. Refer to your vehicle's owner's manual or consult with a local Repco Authorised Service centre to ensure that compatible wipers are installed for your make and model.

No matter where you live, unpredictable and harsh weather will affect driving visibility, so be ready with a reliable, quality set of wiper blades when the time comes. Your local Repco Authorised Service Centre will check your wiper blade condition as part of our 65 point vehicle inspection.


Maintaining clear visibility on the road is crucial for safe driving in Australia's diverse and sometimes challenging conditions. By staying vigilant for the signs indicating worn-out windscreen wipers and promptly replacing them when necessary, you can ensure that you have a clear view of the road ahead, reducing the risk of accidents and ensuring your safety on the road. Remember, regular maintenance of your vehicle's components, including windscreen wipers, is key to safe and enjoyable driving experiences.

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