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Windshield Wiper Blades

Signs Your Windshield Wiper Blades Need Replacing

It’s essential to replace your wiper blades as needed, with the general rule of thumb being once every 12 months. However, colder and more rainy climates may require replacing them sooner. Having clear visibility out of the front windshield is essential for safe driving. Here are some signs that show your windshield wiper blades need replacing.

Cracked or Damaged Rubber

Take a close look at the rubber strip that comes into contact with your windshield. It should be smooth and in one solid piece. You may notice that the rubber is cracked, split, or even broken off into pieces. Harsh temperatures and ice on your windshield can cause your wiper blades to wear out faster than usual. If you live in a cold-weather climate, spring is an excellent time to replace your wiper blades so they are fresh for the more frequent rain showers to come.

Streaks Appear On Your Windshield

Streaks are as good a sign as any that it’s time to replace your windshield wipers. If you start to see dirt and grime on your glass, even after spraying wiper fluid, your blades likely need to be replaced. We should note that your wiper blades may be streaking simply because they are dirty. Try cleaning the rubber off with a cloth to see if that helps reduce streaking.

Squeaking and Noisy Wipers

This is a result of the wipers not contacting the windshield properly. The occasional squeak is normal, but it’s time to replace your wipers if you hear the plastic being dragged across the glass. This is known as “chattering” and is bad for your windshield. Wipers that are in poor contact with the glass won’t be able to clean the windshield effectively and may even damage the glass. 

Bent Wiper Frames

Not every wiper blade works for every vehicle. Most vehicles have specific wiper blades that can be used. For the blades to glide effortlessly across the windshield, they must fit the manufacturer’s recommended design specs. Wiper frames can get damaged and bent from car washes, falling branches, and rough handling. When this happens, the rubber may no longer come into correct contact with your windshield and the blades should be replaced.

Skipping & Inconsistent Contact With Your Windshield

Damaged Rubber and bent frames may cause your wiper blades to skip over sections of the glass. You can easily see where your wipers are making inconsistent contact when it’s raining hard. If the blades separate from the glass at the corners or in the middle, it’s time to replace your wipers. 

Need a New Pair Of Wiper Blades? Come See Us!

Whether you’re looking for someone to install a new pair of wiper blades, or you’re looking to purchase them and install them yourself, Tire Discounters can help! We have a variety of blades in stock and can answer the specific questions you may have about your vehicle’s make and model.

The speed rating of a tire is based on U.S. Government standards for reaching and sustaining a specified speed. Typically, a tire with a higher speed rating results in better handling. Speed ratings apply only to the tire itself, and not to a particular vehicle. Putting a tire rated for a certain speed on a vehicle does not mean that the vehicle can be safely operated at the tire's rated speed.

The load range on a tire helps determine its ability to contain air pressure and its overall strength. Ranges are expressed using a number and the higher the number, the stronger the tire. These measurements are primarily for light trucks and SUV’s.

Tread depth is the distance between the top of the tread rubber to the bottom of the tire's deepest grooves.  In the United States, tread depth is measured in 32nds of an inch.

A tire’s maximum load is the maximum amount of weight the tire is designed to hold. The tire’s load carrying capacity is directly related to the tire’s size and amount of inflation pressure that is actually used. Each load range has a assigned air pressure identified in pounds per square inch (psi) at which the tire's maximum load is rated.

A tire’s maximum inflation pressure (PSI) is the highest "cold" inflation pressure that the tire is designed to contain. When measuring a tire’s max PSI, it is important the tire is "cold," because warmer temperatures can cause the tire pressure to temporarily increase resulting with inaccurate readings. This measurement should only be used when called for on the vehicle’s tire placard or in the vehicle’s owners manual.

The mileage warranty of a tire indicates the number of miles that a tire is estimated to last. If a tire fails to last for the number of miles indicated by the warranty, the customer will be given credit from the tire manufacturer toward a new tire based on how many miles short of the estimate the tire fell. Some restrictions apply. 

The total width of the tire, including any raised features on the sidewall. 

This is how many layers of rubber and other materials are in the tire.  

The represents the smallest and widest size wheels that are recommended by the tire manufacturer for the tire to be mounted on. 

 

 

The measurement, in inches, from rim flange to the other rim flange. 

The maximum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto. 

The minimum width of a wheel that a tire can be put onto.  

A tire's section width (also called "cross section width") is the measurement of the tire's width from its inner sidewall to its outer sidewall (excluding any protective ribs, decorations or raised letters) at the widest point. 

What makes up a tire; each ply, the sidewall, the tread, and bead.  

This number will tell you how well the tire will disperse heat buildup. 

This is how much weight a tire is rated to hold.

Mounting & Balancing  $76

Lifetime Rotation and Balancing $600*

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Tire Repair**  $100

TOTAL = $800


*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000-mile tires. 

**Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.

TD will repair flat tires as long as it can be done safely in accordance with Tire Industry Association (TIA) Guidelines.  Excludes: Under 40 series, run-flats, mud tires, trailer tires, off-road vehicles, and any tire over six (6) years old.  Other exclusions may apply.  See store for details.  


National accounts and local fleet not included.

Free Alignment with 4-Tire Purchase

National accounts not included.  Other exclusions may apply.

Mounting & Balancing  $76

Lifetime Tire Pressure Adjustments $16

Rubber Valve Stems $8

Lifetime Rotation $240

Total = $340

*Estimate based on 4-tire purchase of 60,000 mile tires. 

Our Nationwide Worry Free Guarantee offers FREE unlimited Tire Repairs for the entire life of your tires. If your tire can't be fixed and is over 3/32" tread, no worries, we will give you a replacement tire at any time, up to 3 years. We'll even help get your tire changed by including reimbursement for Roadside Assistance (up to $75) for the first 12 months at no additional cost. Effective: August 24, 2017. For complete details, see our warranty at any Tire Discounters location.

Components of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) sensor wears over time.

A TPMS Service Kit is suggested each time a tire/wheel is serviced. If left unchanged, over time, these components of the TPMS may corrode, leak or fail.

Tire/wheel service is defined as when tire is removed from the wheel.