How To Change Wiper Blades

Wiper blades are constantly exposed to sunlight and varying weather, and have to contend with harmful pollutants, dust and debris. After a time, any wiper blade becomes brittle and begins to tear. The result is poor wiping leaving streaks and worse, could even scratch your windshield. Experts recommend changing windshield wiper blades every six months to a year for optimal performance.

New Assembly or Refill Windshield Wiper Blades

You can replace the whole wiper assembly for best performance or you can replace the set of blades with refills which is a cheaper alternative. Refills are available for virtually all standard wipers. When buying a wiper blade replacement it might be a good idea to use the old wiper blade as a sample to make certain of the correct size. If you are deciding to buy online then check the car manual for the exact specification, or search for wipers by car make and model. Most wiper blades come with adapters which fit on practically any kind of connector. There are various different types of wiper blades available. A silicone coated, natural rubber blade will give you better and more lasting performance. Other new blades made of rubber compounds too give you more life.

What Tools Would I Need to Replace Wiper Blades?

The only tool you will need when replacing wiper blades is a flat head screwdriver.
What are the steps to take to replace a wiper blade?

    • Move your wipers to an upright position using the ignition.
    • Place an old tee shirt or cloth on the windshield to protect it if anything should accidently drop on it.
    • Turn the wipers out. If you are using wiper blade refills, first remove the old rubbers which you are planning to replace. They might be secured with snaps and tabs which you will have to open out to release the blade.
    • Slide in the refills and secure the snaps and tabs so the wiper blade refills are firmly secured.
    • If you are changing the wiper blade, remove the old wiper blade first. Every kind of wiper will have its own method of fastening the wiper blade which might be a hook or snap which can be opened with a screwdriver. Most likely this will be illustrated on your new assembly. When you fit in the new assembly, reverse the process so that it is firmly secured to the arm.
    • In some vehicles the wiper blade is different for the driver and passenger side. Make sure you are fitting the correct one.
    • Check your wipers using the windshield washers. Make sure the blades are secure and sweeping effectively.

Watch The Video below to help you understand how to change wiper blades

 

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