Are you overlooking wiper blade issues?

The importance of regular wiper blade maintenance and inspection is commonly overlooked. Wiper blades are not something that is used every day (unless you live in Cornwall) even in the depths of winter.

But when you do need them, you need them to work well – for example, being caught on the motorway at high speed when heavy rain hits with innefective wiper blades is very dangerous.

Not to worry, Opie Oils has a wide range of quality wiper blades – all you need to do is use our handy LOOK UP GUIDE to find the correct ones for your vehicle!

Below, we have common problems with wipers and the recommended action you should take:

  • STREAKING – Perhaps the most common complaint is narrow streaks left on the windscreen or bands that remain after each stroke. Thoroughly clean the windscreen and blades to remove any dirt or dust that could account for this – if the problem persists then it is likely that the blades are cracked due to ultraviolet light and ozone, allowing water to pass through these cracks. In this case, the blade must be replaced.
  • JUDDERING – Blade skipping or juddering accross the screen causing noise? This can be due to, A: Extreme temperatures or extended periods of non use can cause the rubber blade to curve, changing the contact angle. B: The angle of the wiper arm – even a box fresh blade can judder if the arm presents at the wrong angle. Technicians can take a line from roof to bonnet; where the arm touches the screen, it should be flat on that line – if not, it should be carefully twisted back into profile.
  • SQUEAKING – Squeaking blades can be incredibly distracting. Old blades can squeak as the rubber hardens, in this case, a replacement will be required. If your blades are new, then thoroughly check that the windscreen itself is clean and free of contaminates. If the squeaking persists, then it is recommended to check the wiper assemblies and spring tension – if they are loose, air will get trapped between the blade and the screen, causing it to squeak; too tight and they are more likely to drag and chatter across the screen.
  • MISSED AREAS – If the wiper leaves large or small areas of the screen unwiped, it is likely that the rubber is damaged – ultraviolet rays are a contributing factor, and general ageing are to blame. In this case, there are no repairs to be made, and the only course of action is to replace the blade.
  • SMEARING – This is caused when water is left on the windscreen, even after the blade passes over it. This can seriously hamper vision in wet conditions. Smearing in one direction in cold conditions = the blade is deteriorating. Smearing in both directions = dirty blade or screen. Again, drivers should thoroughly clean the windscreen and carefully clean the blade. If the problem reoccurs later, you should try a higher quality screenwash.

We hope that you find this helpful, if there is any further information that you require just give us a call on 01209 202 944 or drop us an email to we’ll be happy to look into it for you!



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