To drive safely, you have to be able to see where you are going. That is why learning how to change windshield wipers is a key skill for every driver. Figuring out how to replace windshield wipers isn’t too difficult. In fact, learning how to take off wipers can be more difficult than understanding how to put on wipers, but the whole process is relatively simple.
You can tell when to change the wiper blades by checking the wiper blades regularly – at least once a month. If the rubber wears or cracks, or you notice water smudging the wiper blades, leaving a thin layer of water on the windshield, or cleaning only part of the windshield, then it’s time to learn how to change the wiper blades. Follow these steps to determine how to install windshield wipers so you don’t have to pay your local mechanic for this simple home improvement.
BEFORE YOU START
Before you learn how to change wiper blades on a car, you need to understand the different parts of the windshield wipers. Windshield wipers are made up of three basic parts: the wiper arm, which attaches directly to the car, the wiper blade, which attaches to the arm and holds the rubber insert, and the rubber insert, which is responsible for removing water. When you need to change the windshield wipers, the wiper blades are usually replaced. In some cases, you can replace the rubber insert, but this is not a common repair.
STEP 1: Measure the wiper blade size and obtain compatible replacement blades.
The first step in changing wipers on a vehicle is to use a tape measure to determine the correct size of wipers for the vehicle. Make sure to measure both wiper blades as there are many vehicles that use a short and a long blade to keep the windshield clean. To ensure you are getting the correct wiper blades, it is a good idea to write down or write down the year, make, and model of your vehicle.
With this information, you can go online, drive to a local auto parts store, or go to your nearby Walmart to purchase a compatible pair of windshield wipers for your vehicle. If you are still unsure which wiper blades to use, ask a representative to help you find the wiper blades because if you get the wrong wiper blades, they may not be the right length or mounting for your vehicle.
STEP 2: Remove the old squeegee blades.
Once you have a new set of compatible wiper blades, you’re good to go. Wiper blade removal is not a complex process, although initially learning to remove wiper blades can be difficult if you’ve never seen it before. First, lift the wiper arm off the windshield and put an old towel down. The towel catches the arm when it clicks back into place and prevents the windshield from being damaged in the process. Alternatively, after removing the old wiper blade, you can pull a sock over your arm and lower the arm towards the windshield until you are ready to replace the wiper blade.
Find the small tab on the wiper blade where the wiper blade meets the wiper arm. By pressing this little tab, you can loosen the old wiper blade and slide it off the wiper arm hook. However, if the wipers have a pin instead of a hook, you should pull up on the tab on the wiper blade, and then remove the blade from the pin on the wiper arm. You can also use a flat-bladed screwdriver to push or lift the tab, if necessary.
STEP 3: Install the new wiper blades.
Assembling the wiper blades is as easy as sliding the new wiper blade into the exact same slot as the old one. Simply align the new blade with the hook on the wiper arm and slide it up until you hear and feel a click that indicates the blade is locked into place. Just make sure you mount the correct wiper blade on the correct wiper arm as some vehicles have mismatched wiper blade sizes and mix-up can cause the wipers to not work properly.
If your windshield wipers use pin connections instead of the more common hook connection, you’ll need to slide the new blade over the pin and close the tab to lock the new blade in place. Repeat the process with the second squeegee blade, then remove the towel and carefully lower the wipers onto the windshield.
STEP 4: Test the newly installed wiper blades.
Every time you do a repair on your vehicle, the final step in the process should be to test the new parts to make sure they are installed correctly. If you don’t want to wait for it to rain, use a hose or spray on the windshield wiper fluid to wet the windshield. This gives the new wipers a wet surface to slide on and also gives you a good idea of ââwhether the new wiper blades are cleaning the windshield properly.
Switch on the ignition and start the windscreen wipers. If there are streaks, use alcohol wipes to clean the rubber of the wipers to remove any residue. Test the wipers again. If you are still getting streaks or the wipers don’t clean the windshield evenly, the wipers may not be attached to the wiper arms or you may have received the wrong wiper blades.
Check the windshield wipers and make any necessary corrections to the installation. If everything is fine and you are still having problems, you may need to take the vehicle to your local mechanic to find out what is causing the problem.
Regular wiper maintenance can extend the life of the blades.
Windshield wipers should be replaced at least once a year, but if you find that your wiper blades are wearing out faster, you can do one or more things that can cause premature damage to the blades. To keep your wiper blades in good condition, use a soft cloth to wipe off any visible residue before driving.
It is also a good idea not to use the windshield wipers when the windshield is dry or covered in ice. A dry windshield will cause the rubber louvers to drag over the glass, wearing out the rubber and possibly damaging the windshield in the process. Use an ice scraper to remove ice instead of relying on the wipers, as ice can cut, cut, and otherwise damage the rubber of your wipers.
If you take good care of your wiper blades, you’ll only need to replace them once a year, saving you time and money.