Many people overlook the wiper blades when they do routine maintenance to their car because they simply don’t know how to change windshield wipers, and only replace the wiper blades when the blades start falling apart. The problem with that is when you find out they need changing you are usually driving in a pouring rain, and it is never convenient to stop and change them out especially if you have never installed replacement blades before. Continuing to operate with thin wiper blades can cause poor visibility, creating a dangerous driving situation. If the rubber blade starts to come off, the small metal clips on the arm can scratch your windshield and permanently damage the glass.
How To Change Wiper Blades In 3 Easy Steps
Choose the correct refill blades by measuring the length.
Un-clip the old blade connectors and slide them off the arm.
Slide on the new replacement blades and clip in place.
Most manufacturers will recommend you inspect your wiper blades twice a year and changing windshield wipers once a year. A good time to check your wiper blades and clean them in the spring and fall while you are washing the car. Most of the better wiper blades are made of high-quality rubber. Rubber is flexible and forms well to the glass to create an excellent water tight seal to prevent streaking. However, over time, the sun’s rays and exposure to water, road film and some types of windshield washer fluid will cause them to dry out and become hard. They lose their ability to flex and form to the glass, causing them to crack and fall apart.
You should clean and inspect them a minimum of twice a year with soap and water, wiping them with a soft cloth. You will probably see black residue coming off on the cloth. This is road film and broken down rubber deposits. Once the blades are cleaned, they will seal to the glass better and wipe water off without streaking. Changing wiper blades can be prolonged if you clean them regularly.
Selecting The Correct Blades
New wiper blades are sold in many different ways, but the easiest way to replace them is to buy the assembled rubber blades, not just the wiper replacement refill. This is the part that clips to your car’s wiper arm with a connector. Blades are sold by the length in inches so you will need to measure your wiper blades before you go to the store and most blades have a n assortment of connectors to fit many different types of wiper blade arms.
Some auto parts stores will change your blades for free if you purchase new wipers from them. So ask the sales person.
How to Change Windshield Wiper Blades
Lift the wiper arm back until it stops in the extended position.
Find the latch connector under the arm and squeeze it in as you slide the blade assembly down the arm until it becomes unhooked.
Remove and check the new blade assembly. Next, possession the clip in the same place as the one you removed.
Slide the wiper over the wiper arm and pull up until it snaps into the pocket and clicks into place.
Check to make sure it locked in thoroughly before you fold the wiper arm back down. That is all there is to replacing wipers.
Selecting The Correct Washer Fluid
There are several different types of windshield washer fluid on the market, so before you just grab one off the shelf, you should take a close look at what you are getting.
Most stores will carry at least two or three different kinds of season windshield washer fluid. Some are summer formula with specific bug removing additives that are perfect for keeping the glass clean and streak free during summer highway driving but have no freeze protection. If you live in a climate that drops below freezing, the summer solution will have to be removed when the winter comes in, or it will freeze solid, and your washer will not work at all.
Many types of antifreeze or de-ice solutions do a great job of melting the ice but don’t have a good wash detergent for cleaning the glass. Also, they can contain alcohol or another additive that can dry out the rubber in your wiper blades, so it is important to read the bottle and change it out before the season changes. An excellent solution for adding washer fluid is to get a summer/winter formula. You may pay a little bit more, but you will not have to worry about it freezing up when you need it to work.
As you can see, changing windshield wiper blades is a straightforward task even if you have never done it before. Most cars have the same type of clip that holds them to the wiper arm, but you may have a car that needs the modification kit that comes with the new blade. Follow the instructions for changing windshield wipers that come with the kit, and you will have the blades on in no time. Remember if you have a problem, most auto parts stores will change them for you at no charge.
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