How to Replace Windshield Wipers

Without properly functioning wiper blades, your vision will be reduced, endangering yourself and others. You can replace your  wiper blades yourself, but the job can be frustrating if you don’t know how. By following the steps outlined here, you can save time and money.

Consider replacing your wiper blades every six to 12 months. Depending on where you live, it’s a good idea to change them up to a set schedule, such as fall and spring, to make sure you’re ready for whatever weather you’ll be driving through. whole year. If you don’t follow a set schedule to replace your wiper blades, there are  signs that tell when it’s time to change: how to use them. Physical damage: rip, tear or  visible detachment of the wiper. By changing your wiper blades as soon as you detect any of these signs, you’ll help keep your vision clear and reduce the risk of your wipers  scratching your windshield permanently. Before replacing the wipers, make sure that the windshield is not cracked or damaged. If you  notice a cracked windshield, contact your dealer and ask them to file a glass complaint.

Determine the type of wiper blade you need: To confirm the correct type and size, consult your vehicle’s owner’s manual. Alternatively, you can use a  tape measure or ruler to determine the lengths of the left and right rubber blades. Most auto parts stores should have the exact size you’re looking for. Each blade can cost between $12 and $20. Windshield wiper lift: After you lift the wiper, keep it aloft until you’ve finished replacing it. The metal arms are spring loaded, so lift  one arm and replace the blade before lifting the other. Locate the plastic seal: To remove the old wiper blade, locate the plastic seal that secures the wiper blade to the metal wiper arm. This piece of plastic usually includes a keychain (and unlock) blade on the arm. When you find it, rotate the wiper blade perpendicular to the arm. Remove the old wiper blade: turn the wiper blade back to its normal position and remove it. Install a new wiper blade: Reverse the removal process to install a new wiper blade. Place the new blade parallel to the metal arm and slide it into the groove where you removed the old blade. Next, rotate the new wiper blade to lock the  hook and plastic tab on your new wiper blade. Gently place the wipers on your windshield. Repeat the steps for the other side.

Finally, test your new wiper blades by spraying wiper fluid on the windshield and turning the blades back and forth a few times to make sure they’re in good working order. By following these simple guidelines you will likely improve your visibility and by doing it yourself you will save time and money.

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