Windshield wipers are vital part of your car’s safety system. They make sure that you are able to see if it’s raining, foggy, or if your windshield is just covered in bugs. If your windshield wipers are not working correctly, then it can be serious problem. Faulty wipers can fail to clear a clouded windshield or – even worse – cause your windshield to smear.
Therefore, it is important to make sure your windshield wipers are in good shape before you get in a situation where you have to use them. This means inspecting your wipers every six months and replacing them when needed. Replacement and inspection can be a little difficult to figure out, so here are seven steps on how to inspect and replace your windshield wipers:
1. Inspect Your Wipers
You need to inspect your windshield wipers regularly to ensure they are in good condition. You would much rather realize you need to fix your windshield wipers on a sunny day in your driveway than during a downpour on the interstate. Wiper blades are made of rubber and wear very easily. If the blades are cracked, torn, or heavily worn, then they won’t be able to grip the windshield and keep it clear. It is best to replace the wipers if you see any damage.
2. Find Your Size
If you decide your wipers need to be replaced, the first step is picking out the right blades with which to replace them. Check out your vehicle owner’s manual or get out the tape measure to see what size your wiper blades are. You don’t want to accidentally buy the wrong size.
3. Buy the Wipers
You can find windshield wiper blades at almost any store which sells auto equipment. If you can’t find them, just ask for help!
4. Remove the Old Wiper
Now that you have the correct wiper blades, you can take off the old ones. To do so, simply extend the wiper arm away from the windshield and press the tab under the wiper. When you press the tab down, you can pull the wiper blade off of the arm.
5. Put On the New Wiper
Now, you are ready to put on the new wiper blade. Push the blade tight onto the arm. You will hear a clicking noise come from the tab when it is on all the way. Then, slowly lower the wiper arm back onto the windshield.
Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the other windshield wiper! You don’t want to accidentally miss one.
Get in your car and test your new windshield wiper blades. You would rather make sure they work now rather than later when you are in a downpour on the road. Spray some fluid onto the windshield and make sure the blades wipe it off without smearing.
Keeping your windshield wipers fresh and in good shape is crucial to keep you, your windshield, and your car safe! Make sure you are regularly inspecting your wiper blades and that you keep them in good condition.
If you are having problems with you auto glass that new wiper blades can’t fix, Discount Auto Glass can help. We offer both windshield repair and replacement. We can take appointments at one of our eight locations throughout Arkansas and our one location in Joplin, Missouri, or we can come to you at no additional cost. Give us a call at 501-377-9575 or use our online form to get a quote.