Suppose you are driving your car in the rain and your wipers start making a piercing shriek or squeaking sound, it may be very annoying for the driver and the passengers too. The noise is much disturbing, and also you cannot ignore it. So here are some techniques to stop this annoying sound and to enjoy monsoon weather on a long drive without any nuisance due to the wipers.
Reasons for squeaky noise from wipers
The reasons for the squeaky windshield wipers could vary according to the condition of the wipers. The wipers could be dirty, they could be hard enough to make the noise, or they could have a worn out assembly.
Follow the below explained points to stop your vehicle’s wiper from making this kind of sound.
One main cause of the noise could be that the wipers or windscreen are not clean. The dirt on wiper blades and windscreen can cause this squeaking problem. Clean the windshield with an ammonia-free glass cleaner. Spray it on the windshield and wipe it with a microfiber towel. Also, clean the wiper blades with alcohol wipes. Lift the wipers up from the surface of the windshield and rub the solution on every single crevice.
Windshield washer fluid
Sometimes the windshield and wiper are not wet enough when its just sprinkling, and the wipers skip the glass surface making a squeaky sound. Make sure the windscreen washer fluid motor works and the nozzles are not clogged. Pour a quality windscreen washing fluid in the bottle instead of plain water. Fill the windshield wiper fluid to the specified level.
Wax on windshield
Some people apply a water repellent product such as wax on the windshield. If you have waxed your car and you waxed the windshield also, then you need to remove the wax from the windshield.
Remove stiffness of wiper blades
Stiff and hard wiper blades can also cause them to make squeak. Some wipers can become stiff due to extreme weather conditions. You can use a WD-40 spray to lessen the hardness of the wipers. You need to spray a little amount of spray on the wipers as too much WD-40 can dry out the rubber. Spray WD-40 on a cloth and wipe the blades with it.
Adjustment of blades and wiper arms
Too loose or too tight wiper assembly can cause the squeaking sound. You need to adjust the arm’s nut to make a perfect adjustment which is neither too loose nor too tight. Also, you need to adjust the wiper blades on the metal assembly. The blades could have been gone out of the assembly, as a result, the assembly could not grip the blades any longer, and they squeak.
Replacing the wipers
Replace the wipers if you see them worn out or cracked because they are inexpensive and easier to replace. The worn out and cracked wipers also squeak a lot. You can only buy a set of wiper rubber, or you can replace the whole wipers blade. Nowadays, plastic body wipers are much used. It is recommended that you should go for them as their body doesn’t become rusty unlike metal body does.
So follow the techniques explained above and get rid of the squeaky nuisance. Don’t let the squeak of wipers ruin a perfect rainy day long drive for you.