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How to check your wiper blades

Windscreen wiper blades

Windscreen wiper blades are often overlooked, however they are an important part of your car. Your wiper blades are often taken for granted until they let you down, it's only then that you realise just how much you rely on them.

So it really does pay to give them a bit of attention now and then and check that they are in good condition.

Wiper Blades and the MOT

Wiper blades are a component of your car that is checked as a requirement of the annual Mot test.

As part of the Mot test wiper blades are inspected to make sure that they are cleaning the windscreen effectively. They are also checked to make sure that they are in good condition too. Any signs that the rubber is splitting or breaking is a reason for failure.

More information about the Mot test is available at this Government website

Windscreen washers

Whilst the wiper blades are being inspected the windscreen washers are also checked for proper operation.

The windscreen washer jets should be correctly adjusted and not be blocked, ensuring that sufficient washer fluid is sprayed onto the windscreen. A lack of fluid or the windscreen washer jets being blocked or incorrectly adjusted will mean an Mot failure.

Incorrectly adjusted or blocked windscreen washer jets will not provide sufficient fluid to allow the wiper blades to clean the windscreen effectively.

Wiper Blades a clear view of the road ahead?

Wiper blades play a vital role in helping you to see the road ahead when it is raining. I am sure that we have all experienced a worn wiper blade. The blade wipes across the windscreen but doesn't completely clear all the water away. It may leave a large portion of the windscreen still covered in water.

This is stopping you from having a clear view of the road, just when conditions are at their worst.

Another common fault with wiper blades is when they judder across the windscreen, not only do they not clear away the rain, they can also be extremely annoying, again taking your attention away from the road.

Wiper blades are easy to replace

Wiper blades are easy to replace and are relatively cheap to buy.

They are now sold at many large supermarkets, car accessory shops and local independant garages.

There is no longer a need to buy them from your car's main dealership.

If you are not DIY minded then your local garage will fit them for a small fee.

Here at Hilltop Garage Horndean we fit wiper blades that we sell for free.

Hilltop Garage Horndean carry out repairs, Mot’s and servicing to all makes and models of cars and light vans and commercial vehicles.

If you would like a friendly no obligation quote for repairs or servicing on your vehicle please feel free to call us on 02392 596038 or email us via the contact form on our website or pop in for a chat with out friendly reception staff at Hilltop Garage Horndean, 299 London Road, Horndean, Waterlooville, Hants, PO8 0JE.