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How To Check Your Windscreen Wipers

A quick guide to checking your wiper blades

Setup Your Vehicle

The best set up to test your wiper blades is to park your vehicle outside with the engine switched off, handbrake on and the ignition in the accessories (ACC) position. You do not need to turn your vehicle on to do this check.

Learn more about checking vital engine fluids here.

Learn more about checking your lights here.

Learn more about checking your tyres here.

Learn more about checking for clues around your vehicle here.

You can find the correct wiper blades and parts for your vehicle by using the My Garage tab at the top of this web page. All you need to do is punch in your rego and state or search by make, model and year. Once this is completed you will be suggested the right products to suit/fit your vehicle while searching our site.

Check Your Wipers

Regular Checks Required

Typically you only realise your wipers need to be replaced when it’s raining, and you need them working. To ensure that you don’t get into this unsafe situation, get into a habit of testing them when it isn’t raining. That way you have an opportunity to get them replaced before the next downfall.

Windscreen Washer Fluid

Washer Fluid Check

Before you test your wipers, make sure that your windscreen washer fluid is topped up with water or mixed with a glass cleaning concentrate. Then start by using your windscreen washer fluid spray function on the car. Take note of the water coming out and the pattern of the jet, make sure this is spread across the windscreen to ensure good coverage of the glass. If this is uneven, consider getting the jets repaired or replaced.

Checking Wiper Action

Wiper Pattern Check

As the wipers move across the glass with the fluid, your wipers should glide across moving all the water and dirt along with it. Uneven streaking, splitting, scratching or skipping across the windscreen may indicate that your wipers are due for replacement.

If you are unsure how to replace your wipers or need further advice, ask your local Supercheap Auto Team Member to fit them for you. A new set of wipers is one of those little things that can make a big difference as we all need to see where we're going at all times.