Maybe you’re a smart and responsible car owner who does careful, regular maintenance on your car. If that’s the case, you may already regularly replace your windshield wipers.
Or you might be one of those unhappy folks caught in bad weather with wipers that only half remove the rain, snow, or slush pelting your windshield.
If you’re in the latter category, it’s time for you to learn how to change your windshield wipers.
Signs You Need New Windshield Wipers
Most experts suggest you change your wipers every six months. The rubber in your wiper blades breaks down in the elements, and therefore, they need regular replacement.
Before you spend the money on new windshield wipers, what are the signs you need new ones?
- The rubber part does not glide on the glass, causing skipping, streaking, or squeaking.
- Visible metal corrosion on the wiper arm.
- Tears, rips, or cracks in the rubber squeegee’s edge.
- The rubber squeegee is dried out and not conforming to the shape of your windshield.
If you notice any of these things, or if your wipers aren’t clearing your windows, it’s a sign you need new windshield wiper blades.
How to Replace Windshield Wipers
Changing your windshield wiper blades is a relatively easy, do-it-yourself car maintenance task. It requires some information and a trip to the auto parts store, though.
Here’s how to replace the wipers on your car.
- You need to know what type of windshield wiper your car needs. You can often get this from the owner’s manual in your car. An auto parts shop can also help you figure out which model to buy.
- Remove the old blades. Find the part of the blade attached to the car. It helps to find where to release it from by lifting the windshield wiper blade up so it’s kind of perpendicular to the windshield.
- In some cases, there’s a lever to flip. In other cases, you need to pinch, push a button, or flip something to remove the old blade.
- Be prepared to do some jiggling to get the old wiper blade off, especially if it’s been a long time since they were last replaced.
- Most new windshield wiper blades will come with a plastic protector over the rubber part of the blade. Remove this before installing it on the car.
- Reattach the new wiper by using the same method you used to remove the old one (but in reverse).
It’s important to see if the new blades are properly attached before you start driving with them. Stay in your driveway or parking lot.
Squirt some windshield washer fluid on the windshield, and try them out. You want to be sure the wiper moves smoothly across the surface of the window.
Car DIY: Replace Your Windshield Wipers
It’s a relief to know that your windshield wipers are working well. You can turn them on and know the window will be smoothly cleared by the wipers.
If you’re struggling to do this on your own, many garages will offer these services as part of their routine service check.
Want help with your windshield wiper replacement? Contact us today to schedule a service appointment.