Changing Windshield Wipers

Changing Windshield Wipers - Auto Repair

Some of the most important safety features in any vehicle are the windshield wipers. The only thing is they are not quite long-lasting, and so changing windshield wipers needs to be done every few years or so.

Over time, normal use and sun exposure will dry out the rubber blades. However, before you purchase new wipers, try to use a wet rag to clean the dirt and the hardened rubber off the blades. This might extend its life just a little bit.

How would you know if it’s time for new wipers? Check for the following:

– Wipers streak water.

– Wipers are squeaky or chattering when in use.

– A thin, milky layer is left behind when wiping.

– Wipers are failing to clean properly.

Any of the signs above strongly indicate the need for changing the windshield wipers. Here’s how to go about this task:

Step 1: Purchase the replacement blades.

Before you make a purchase, find out your car’s exact model including the make, year, and other specifications. Give these details to an auto body shop so they can look up and inform you of your options.

Different blades are available with prices ranging from $5-$25 per blade. Typically, each side will need a different blade. It’s a good idea to go ahead and replace both wipers, even when only one blade seems to be failing for now. It will not be long before the other one follows suit.

Step 2: Remove the old wipers.

Pull up the whole wiper assembly. Position the blade at a right degree angle to the arm to expose the hinge. Locate a tab on the side of the hinge. Pull this tab out and pull the wiper towards your vehicle.

With the arm and blade separated, you can then remove the old blade out of one of its holes. Once you’ve removed the blade, be careful with the exposed metal wipers arms. You don’t want them falling hard back on the windshield.

Step 3: Install the new wipers.

With the new wiper on hand, insert the wiper arm into the right hole, pushing up the wiper. Once you have the arm well inside the hole, simply place the hook right over the hinge and snap them in together. Lower the wiper arm and rinse. Repeat on the other wiper.

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