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Windscreen Wiper Blades at ATS Euromaster

You never know when you might get caught out in a downpour, and making sure your car’s windscreen wiper blades are in good, working condition can help you be as safe as possible on the road when the inevitable happens.

At ATS Euromaster we provide free fitting for windscreen wiper blades when booked online*, and use only original equipment quality wiper blades, meaning the parts you get are at least as good as the ones used by the original manufacturer so you can be sure that your car’s windscreen will be as clean as possible.

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*If your vehicle requires additional specific equipment for wiper blade fitting, we reserve the right to make an additional charge to cover the difference.

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It is recommended to change your wiper blades every 12 months to ensure the maximum visibility, or more often still for higher mileage drivers. But there are a number of indicators to look out for when your wiper blades are becoming less effective that might mean it’s time for you to consider a replacement.


  • Wipers skipping

Older wipers can be known to skip (sometimes described as hopping or juddering) across the windscreen. This can be a result of the rubber itself drying out. Depending on the brand of wiper blade you buy, you might also find that this can happen with a newly fitted set as well, and this can often be solved with a wiper lubricant.

  • Wipers don't clear the entire screen

When wiper rubber is worn, it can ‘round’ at the wiper’s edge. When this happens it means that less of the wiper is in contact with the windscreen and as such less rain will get cleared. In some cases, this can also mean that the incorrect type of wiper blade for your car has been fitted and needs to be replaced.

  • Water streaks on the windscreen

Water smeared or streaked across the windscreen is most commonly the result of an old wiper blade, where the rubber has hardened and potentially become damaged. Newer wipers can also become damaged; however it is far more likely to happen over time with an older set of wipers with hardened rubber.

  • Wipers missing the windscreen

In some cases, you may find that your windscreen wipers miss the windscreen altogether when driving at speed. The two most likely causes of this are a poor quality wiper blade or a fault in the wiper arm itself.

  • Squeaking / squealing wipers

When your wipers squeak as they drag across the windscreen it is usually a sign that the rubber on the blades has reached the end of its effective life and it is time to replace them.

 

Your windscreen wipers are assessed during their annual MOT test to check their effectiveness at clearing the screen. If they cannot clear water from the windscreen effectively enough they are deemed an MOT failure and the most likely reason behind this is that the car is fitted with old blades that are in need of replacement.

Your car’s washer fluid levels are also tested during an MOT so it is advised to check that your car’s washer fluid levels are topped up before taking your car in for its MOT test.  

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How to restore wiper blades

Even if your wiper blades are less than one year old, you might find that they lose effectiveness at clearing your windscreen. Unless your wiper blades are nearing the end of their usefulness there are a couple of things you might want to try to keep the blades healthy and make sure your car’s visibility remains good.

By applying rubbing alcohol to your wiper blades you can help them remain soft, which makes it harder for them to crack and split. Wiper lubricants are also available to help keep the blades healthy. 

 

 

It is recommended to change your wiper blades every 12 months to ensure the maximum visibility, or more often still for higher mileage drivers. But there are a number of indicators to look out for when your wiper blades are becoming less effective that might mean it’s time for you to consider a replacement.


  • Wipers skipping

Older wipers can be known to skip (sometimes described as hopping or juddering) across the windscreen. This can be a result of the rubber itself drying out. Depending on the brand of wiper blade you buy, you might also find that this can happen with a newly fitted set as well, and this can often be solved with a wiper lubricant.

  • Wipers don't clear the entire screen

When wiper rubber is worn, it can ‘round’ at the wiper’s edge. When this happens it means that less of the wiper is in contact with the windscreen and as such less rain will get cleared. In some cases, this can also mean that the incorrect type of wiper blade for your car has been fitted and needs to be replaced.

  • Water streaks on the windscreen

Water smeared or streaked across the windscreen is most commonly the result of an old wiper blade, where the rubber has hardened and potentially become damaged. Newer wipers can also become damaged; however it is far more likely to happen over time with an older set of wipers with hardened rubber.

  • Wipers missing the windscreen

In some cases, you may find that your windscreen wipers miss the windscreen altogether when driving at speed. The two most likely causes of this are a poor quality wiper blade or a fault in the wiper arm itself.

  • Squeaking / squealing wipers

When your wipers squeak as they drag across the windscreen it is usually a sign that the rubber on the blades has reached the end of its effective life and it is time to replace them.

 

Your windscreen wipers are assessed during their annual MOT test to check their effectiveness at clearing the screen. If they cannot clear water from the windscreen effectively enough they are deemed an MOT failure and the most likely reason behind this is that the car is fitted with old blades that are in need of replacement.

Your car’s washer fluid levels are also tested during an MOT so it is advised to check that your car’s washer fluid levels are topped up before taking your car in for its MOT test.  

Find out what else an MOT checks


How to restore wiper blades

Even if your wiper blades are less than one year old, you might find that they lose effectiveness at clearing your windscreen. Unless your wiper blades are nearing the end of their usefulness there are a couple of things you might want to try to keep the blades healthy and make sure your car’s visibility remains good.

By applying rubbing alcohol to your wiper blades you can help them remain soft, which makes it harder for them to crack and split. Wiper lubricants are also available to help keep the blades healthy. 

 

 

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