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Windshield wiper blades are among the most commonly replaced auto parts with good reason. Maintaining good visibility is crucial to safe operation of a vehicle. Wiper blades should be replaced before they fail, not after. During a severe storm is no time to discover that you can’t safely see out of your windshield. Replace wiper blades every six months to maintain good visibility and improve safety.

Regular inspection of your blades – and just paying attention to how well they clear rain or snow – helps keep your vehicle safe for you, your passengers and everyone else on the road. Maintaining washer fluid levels is important, too, as is regular cleaning of interior and exterior glass.

Wiper blades live a tough life, exposed to the heat of summer and the cold of winter. If your wiper blades are dry, brittle or torn, the elements have destroyed their usefulness. You should replace them immediately.

Subtler signs of wear can be seen on the edge of the rubber blade that contacts the glass. Examine the edge for pits or tiny cracks. Check to see if the rubber feels hard or brittle. A properly-performing blade has a smooth, sharp edge and soft, flexible rubber. If your wiper blade is folded to one side, not perpendicular to the glass, it may not effectively wipe your windshield cleanly.

Inspecting and replacing wiper blades is an easy DIY task. But even if you don’t do it yourself, be sure your service technician keeps your car or truck safe with properly functioning wiper blades. Your local NAPA AutoCare Center can help. Your local NAPA store can choose the correct fit for your vehicle and driving conditions.

Check out all the vision and safety parts available on NAPA Online or trust one of our 17,000 NAPA AutoCare locations for routine maintenance and repairs. For more information on how to replace wiper blades, chat with a knowledgeable expert at your local NAPA AUTO PARTS store.

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