How to Check and Replace your Windshield Wiper Blades
Wiper blades should be inspected regularly and replaced if needed, about every six months.
Here’s something you should know, the wiper blades are made out of rubber that can wear out even with limited use. Wiper blades should be inspected regularly and replaced if needed, about every six months. If your blades are cracked, torn or heavily worn, they might not grip the windshield properly and not fully remove mud, dust, or rain. Wiper blades can take a beating during monsoon months, and since conditions and vehicles can vary, you might want to consider checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual and the information that comes with your wiper blades for guidance and assistance on how to change them.
First, you’ll be needing three things: your new set of wiper blades, glass cleaner, and microfiber cloth. Once you’ve got it you need to do the following steps:
1. Throw the old bring in the new. Remove the old wiper blades.
It’s a very easy task, most of the time the blades will slide right off after pulling up on a clip on top of the wiper or pressing down on a small tab on the underside of the wiper. Even after that it doesn’t work then should check your car manual or the new blades should have instructions showing where this latch is.
2. Size matters! Determine the blade size.
After taking out the old wiper blades, the step is to ensure that you measure the wiper blade length or check your car’s owner’s manual for the correct blade size. It’s always worth buying the best quality blades you can afford to ensure maximum performance.
3. Start the makeover. Put on the new blades.
Almost getting done now! The next step for you will be to slide the new blades on in the opposite way that the old ones came off. You will now likely hear a click when the blade locks into place. Whereas, on blades with a clip, you may need to close the clip to lock the blade in place. When you're done, rest the wipers against the windshield again.
4. It’s test time for the new blades!
The final thing is to make sure of all this effort put works right. It's always a good idea to run the wiper blades a few times after putting them on, just to make sure they fit right, are working right, and are secure against the wiper arm.