How to Change Wiper Blades
Determine the Right Size of Wiper Blades for Your Car
Before you start changing your wiper blades, it’s essential to determine the right size of wiper blades for your car. Using the wrong size can result in improper cleaning, reduced visibility, and even damage to the windshield.
To determine the correct size, you can refer to your car’s owner’s manual or measure the blades yourself. Measure the length of the wiper blade from one end to the other, and make a note of it. You should also check if both wiper blades are of the same size or different.
Another way to find out the right size of wiper blades is to use an online compatibility tool. Many auto parts retailers have these tools on their websites. You can enter your car’s make, model, and year to find the correct wiper blades.
Once you know the correct size, you can purchase the right set of wiper blades for your car. Remember to check the compatibility of the blades with your car’s make and model before making the purchase.
Remove the Old Wiper Blades
Once you have determined the correct size of wiper blades, it’s time to remove the old blades. Here’s how to do it:
- Lift the wiper arm away from the windshield and hold it in place.
- Locate the small tab or lever where the wiper blade connects to the wiper arm.
- Press the tab or lever to release the old wiper blade from the wiper arm.
- Gently pull the old wiper blade down and away from the wiper arm until it is completely removed.
Be careful not to let the wiper arm snap back onto the windshield, as this can damage the windshield or the wiper arm itself. It’s also a good idea to use a towel or cloth to protect the windshield while you work on removing the old wiper blades.
Repeat the process for the other wiper blade if needed. Once you have removed both wiper blades, dispose of them properly according to your local regulations.
Install the New Wiper Blades
After removing the old wiper blades, it’s time to install the new ones. Here’s how to do it:
- Take the new wiper blade and locate the small metal hook or clip at the end of the blade.
- Align the hook or clip with the wiper arm and slide it into place. You should hear a clicking sound when the blade locks into position.
- Gently lower the wiper arm back onto the windshield.
- Repeat the process for the other wiper blade if needed.
Make sure the new wiper blades are securely attached to the wiper arms and are properly aligned with the windshield. If they are not properly aligned, they may not clean the windshield effectively or may even damage the windshield.
It’s also important to check the instructions that come with the new wiper blades, as some models may have specific installation instructions or additional parts that need to be attached.
Test the New Wiper Blades
After installing the new wiper blades, it’s important to test them to ensure they are working correctly. Here’s how to do it:
- Turn on your car’s windshield wipers and let them run for a few seconds.
- Observe the new wiper blades to make sure they are moving smoothly and not skipping or jumping across the windshield.
- Check that the new wiper blades are cleaning the windshield effectively and not leaving any streaks or spots.
- Test the new wiper blades in different weather conditions, such as rain or mist, to make sure they provide clear visibility.
If you notice any issues with the new wiper blades, such as skipping, streaking, or poor cleaning, you may need to adjust the alignment or replace the blades. It’s important to have properly working wiper blades for safe driving, especially in adverse weather conditions.
Tips for Maintaining Your Wiper Blades
Proper maintenance of your wiper blades can extend their lifespan and ensure they are working effectively. Here are some tips for maintaining your wiper blades:
Clean your wiper blades regularly to remove any dirt or debris that may accumulate on them. You can use a soft cloth or sponge and some water or windshield washer fluid to clean the blades.
Check your wiper blades for damage, such as cracks or tears, regularly. Damaged wiper blades should be replaced immediately, as they can cause streaking, skipping, or even damage to the windshield.
Avoid using your wiper blades on a dry windshield, as this can cause them to wear out more quickly. Always wet the windshield with windshield washer fluid or water before using the wiper blades.
Be careful not to run your wiper blades on a frozen windshield, as this can damage the blades or even the wiper motor. Use an ice scraper or defrost the windshield first before using the wiper blades.
By following these tips, you can ensure your wiper blades are in good condition and provide clear visibility when you need them the most.