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I have replaced them before, but it's been at least a year since I last replaced them.

Well I'm about the same level of car knowledge as you, but I also think I have windshield wipers down... wipers are typically 6 months to a year, so you probably need new ones. Especially in the northeast (I'm in Marlborough, Ma) where the cold isn't exactly friend to the plastic.

One 'quick' fix can just be to wipe them down. Take a damp tissue and run it along the wiper blade. Chances are you'll get a bunch of black grime off on the tissue. Do this a few times to each and it may clear things up some for a while, but you're probably getting close to needing new blades anyway.

Of course, I recently screwed up a wiper's function while using too much force to get the durn-thing off... so you may not want to listen to me ;)
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