Windscreen wiper blades are an essential component of any vehicle and are also one of the many parts that are checked during an MOT test.
According to a 2021 report by the DVSA, windscreen wipers were one of the top 10 reasons for MOT failures in the UK accounting for 2.7% of all MOT failures.
In this blog, we'll cover everything you need to know about windscreen wiper blades, including giving you 7 signs you should replace them, telling you how to replace windscreen wipers, and breaking down the cost of replacing them by car brand. Whether you're a new driver or you’ve been around the block, this guide will help you stay safe on the road by keeping your windscreen clear and your vision unobstructed.
7 signs that you should replace your windscreen wiper blades
The recommended time to change your windscreen wiper blades is ever 6-12 months or at the first sign of wear. Some of the signs that your wiper blades need to be changed include:
How to change a windscreen wiper
Often, replacing windscreen wiper blades can be costly and time-consuming if they’re replaced by a professional. The good news is that replacing your windscreen wipers can be an easy and cost-effective task to do yourself, even if you're not mechanically inclined. Here’s a quick guide:
If you’re not comfortable with these steps, your next option would be to get them replaced by a professional.
How much does a windscreen wiper replacement cost?
The cost of replacing the windscreen wiper blades can vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle. On average, the cost of replacing windscreen wiper blades is between £10 and £25 per blade. However, the cost can be higher for luxury or high-performance vehicles.
Here are the average prices of wiper blades by brand of vehicle:
Please remember that these prices listed above are for guidance only and may vary based on various factors such as location, type of wiper blade and retailer. Need to get your wiper blades replaced?
Can the rear wiper cause an MOT failure?
This depends on whether your vehicle has a rear wiper attached to the vehicle.
Rear windscreen wipers are not a legal requirement for all vehicles in the UK and therefore their absence alone would not result in a car failing an MOT test.
However, if a car does have a rear wiper, it will be checked during an MOT test to ensure that it is in good working condition and that it effectively clears the rear windscreen. If the wiper blade is worn or damaged, or if the wiper arm is loose or not operating properly, this could result in the car failing the MOT test.
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