It’s easy to overlook the need for good windshield wipers. You often don’t notice then need replacing until you need them most. Wipers a simple part of the car, but they can be a major safety risk when they aren’t in good shape. Without proper windshield wipers, it can be difficult or even impossible to see the road through rain, snow, or other hazards.
Replace your blades regularly to ensure maximum visibility and safe driving. Your wipers may seem okay in the light of day, but when you face bad weather and tough driving conditions, they may not hold up so well.
You should inspect your wiper blades regularly. They generally need to be replaced every six to twelve months. Wipers usually take a bit of beating through the winter months because of harsher conditions. Blades can easily get worn, cracked, or torn. Your wipers will wear down based on how much you use them and the climate you live in.
Replacing your windshield wipers is very simple. It can be done in a matter of minutes for very little money. But, as previously stated, wipers are important to your car’s safety so it should be done with precision and care. If you aren’t confident in your abilities, you can easily have a professional do it. Better to have it done right! It’s a quick job that you can usually have done at an auto body shop, it likely won’t cost you much. Next time you get your oil changed, they can likely help you change your wipers.
To change your wipers yourself, follow these steps:
Buy new blades.
Measure your wiper blade length, or look for the correct size in your owner’s manual. You can purchase new wipers for a very affordable price at most auto shops, or order them online.
Remove old blades.
Remove the old wipers. Lift your wipers so they are facing up, away from the windshield. On the underside of the wiper, around where it meets the wiper arm, there is a small tab. Depress that tab, pull downward, sliding the wiper blade off the arm.
Put new blades on.
Attach the new wiper blade by pulling the new wiper blade tightly onto the arm. When the blade is locked into place, you will hear a clicking sound. Repeat the process with the other wiper.
Test it out.Test it out before driving. After installation, pour a little water over your windshield and test your new wipers. Better to try it out now than in a snowstorm or downpour. It’s much more convenient to try out your wipers when you aren’t counting on them for your visibility.
For safer driving, check your windshield wipers every six months. You may notice wearing down before that. For efficient wiper blades and better visibility, replace your blades at the first sign of wear and dysfunction to avoid any potential hazards. Take care of your car and drive safely!