Have you ever been driving in the rain, and when you switch the lever to turn the wipers on, a nails-on-a-chalkboard-like squeal emits, bringing pain to your ears? On top of being extremely annoying, this squealing can create a distraction for the driver. It could also be a sign of an issue.
So why does this happen in the first place? Below are some common reasons your wiper blades may be squeaking.
- Wiper blades need to be replaced
- The windshield is dirty
- Your vehicle has insufficient wiper fluid
- The wiper blades and assembles are too tight or too loose
- Products such as Rain-X or waxes are getting in the way
- Wiper assembles are misshapen and need to be replaced
Check all the above and address any issues you find. You should also clean wiper blades regularly with an alcohol wipe to help them last longer and work efficiently. Keep your windshield clean, and have your vehicle tuned up every 10,000 to 12,000 miles.