While there are plenty of car issues worse than squeaky windshield wipers, nothing is quite as annoying. Windshield wiper chatter makes every drizzly day a pain—so how do you make it stop? Inspect your windshield wipers now to find out the culprit, then read our four ways to stop windshield wiper chatter.
4 Ways to Stop Windshield Wiper Chatter Without Replacing Them
1. Clean your wipers
A squeaky windshield is often caused by built-up grime on your wipers. Removing any buildup from your wiper blades using a cleaning cloth and soapy water will likely do the trick to stop the chatter.
2. Clean your windshield glass
If it’s not your wipers causing the issue, it could very well be a dirty windshield. Has it been a minute since you’ve taken your car through the wash? A thorough cleaning will help. Grab some glass cleaning supplies (a bottle of Windex and a cleaning cloth will do!) and wipe it down.
3. Refill wiper fluid
Another cause of wiper chatter could be that you’re out of wiper fluid. Wipers on a dry windshield can sound like nails on a chalkboard—but adding wiper fluid can provide the lubrication you need. Thankfully, the solution is simple. Refill your wiper fluid—or remind your service tech that it needs to be refilled the next time your car is serviced!
4. Soften your wipers
Stiff wiper blades can also cause quite a bit of chattering. If your wipers are new, this might be the case (or if they’ve spent a lot of time in the Seattle winter or similar elements!). If your wiper blades are less than one year old, they can be softened with WD-40 or rubbing alcohol.
When to Replace Windshield Wipers
Are your blades too old? When is the right time to replace windshield wipers? Windshield wipers are so important to being a safe driver. When wiper blades no longer make proper contact with the windshield surface, they can begin to squeak, chatter, skip, or streak and reduce driving visibility. This is common in blades that are six months to one-year-old. If your windshield wipers are chattering and they are over a year old, it might be time to replace.
Choose Suburb Service as Your Preferred Seattle Subaru Service Technicians
Diagnosing the cause of chattering windshield wipers can be a pain, but thankfully it is usually easy to repair once you’ve identified the culprit. Coming in for service? Scheduling a maintenance or repair? Have the technicians at Suburb Service replace your windshield wipers, too. We service all types of Subaru models in and around the Seattle area. Give us a call today at 206-364-8089 to schedule an appointment (or make your appointment online). Show your Subaru some love.