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Posted: 02/02/2022

What You Need to Know About Wiper Blades

Whether you're replacing your old blades or simply want to change the look of your vehicle, there are some things you should know about your car wipers. Although wiper blades are usually an afterthought, they're essential for keeping your view clear so that your car stay safe on the road.

How Do I Know When It’s Time to Change My Wiper Blades?

Take a look at your wipers, and make sure to check the rubber on them. The rubber should be fresh and pliable. If it's dry, you should replace it. It's even better if you buy a brand new set to avoid the hassle of replacing wipers regularly. This way, you'll save money while driving around. This is especially important if you live in a sunny area. High humidity and harsh UV rays can damage your wipers and can wear them out quicker than in a snowy area. Also, keep an eye on their movement to see if they're smudging your windshield or not. If they're moving slowly or making weird noises, it might be time for a new set. 

How Do I Replace My Wiper Blades?

First, remember that each wiper–and each vehicle–is slightly different. If you’re going to replace the blades yourself, make sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation.

You'll need to remove the old ones and then remove the arms from the windshield. This process varies depending on the type of connection between the arms and the wipers. Most are connected via a "hook-slot" mechanism, where a tab is suspended in the center of a long rectangular hole. Once the new blades are in place, click the connectors into place, and the rotors should release.

How Do I Care For My Windshield?

To ensure your windshield stays clean, you should clean it periodically. A fresh wiper blade should be free of stains and streaks. It should be free of debris. A wiper blade with the proper quality will keep the windscreen clear of dust and dirt. If the blade is not in perfect condition, replace it right away. In addition to cleaning the wipers, you need to clean the windshield with automotive glass cleaner and water.

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