How Long Do Windshield Wiper Blades Last?

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Windshield wipers are one of the most overlooked safety features on your vehicle, but they are essential to maintaining your visibility in rain and snow. If you find your windshield wipers are streaking, chattering, or in obvious need of replacement, then you shouldn’t wait until the next big storm to get new ones.

How long do windshield wiper blades last? In general, we recommend that you replace your windshield wiper blades every six to twelve months for the best performance. It’s simple to check whether your blades need replacement: try your windshield washers. If they blades aren’t in good condition, you’ll see it. Be sure to check the rear wipers too, if your vehicle has them.

If you need to replace your windshield wipers, book a service appointment at Mississauga Kia’s service department and we can swap them right away. If you choose to install your own wiper blades, most will include detailed instructions on how to change your windshield wipers.

Choosing the Right Replacement Blades
If you want to change your wiper blades yourself, you’ll need to find the best wiper blades for your vehicle and the season. Most new windshield wipers will come with everything you need to install them on a variety of vehicles and blade assembly types. The old blades will come off by pressing a release or pin on the wiper holder.

Make sure that the replacement blades are the same length as the original blades before replacing. Many vehicles will have a different length of replacement blade for the drivers’ and passengers’ side wipers, as well as for the rear wiper.

If you will be driving in cold weather, consider getting a set of winter blades. These are designed to keep off ice and snow, preventing potential damage to the blades as well as making them easier to clean off after a snowfall.

Some vehicles will require special windshield wiper blades that you may not be able to find in auto parts stores. For example, the rear wipers on the Kia Rondo and the Kia Sportage are special and must be purchased at a Kia dealer. If you’re in need of replacement wiper blades, you can order parts online directly from Mississauga Kia to be sure you get the right ones for your vehicle.