Through the summer months, the heat can really do a number on your windshield wipers. Over time, if they are not replaced, they can begin to leave streaks on your windshield, making it difficult to see. As you already know if you have had streaky wipers, reduced visibility translates to more dangerous driving conditions, which is not something that you ever want. Once you know how to replace your windshield wipers, and realize how easy it is to do, you’ll wonder why you didn’t get rid of those old blades sooner.
Before you start, you’ll want to find out what size wiper blades your car has. Most often, one of the blades is smaller than the other, so just because your driver-side blade is 19-inches, for example, does not mean that you should purchase two 19-inch blades. If you look in your owner’s manual, you will find the length of each blade. You can also find the information on a variety of wiper manufacturer websites.
Steps to Remove and Replace Your Wiper Blades
Remove the old blades
To start off, you’ll want to get those old blades off. There are two different kind of connections, but regardless of the one that your car has, getting them off is easy. If the blades have a hook, you will want to lift the wiper away from the windshield, press the small tab and slide the blade off of the arm by pulling the center of the blade toward the bottom of the arm. If the blades are attached by a small pin on the wiper arm, all you have to do is pull the blade off of the pin.
Attach the new blades
Getting the new set of blades on is just as easy as taking them off. To attach the hook-style wipers, simply move the hook over the plastic clip and pull it tight. It should click, letting you know that the connection is secure. If you have the pin-style blades, simply push the pin through the hole until it clicks. Once in, give it a slight tug to ensure that it is properly fastened.
How Often Should You Replace Your Wipers?
Although most people will stretch their blades for a year, it’s best to change them every six months, or as soon as you start to notice a different in driving visibility. The best times to change them is typically when fall starts, and when spring begins. As we mentioned, summer heat compromises the integrity of your blades, which is why it’s best to change them when the temperature drops. When spring begins is the other best time to change them as the constant moisture and salt from winter also does damage.
If you need help changing your wiper blades, we encourage you to get in touch with our service department here at Wheaton Toyota on the Trail. Our service team can help to get those old, streaky blades off, and to get some fresh rubber on your windshield. If you feel confident that you can do the job yourself, we still encourage you to pay us a visit as we sell windshield wipers on site here and can help you to find the sizes you need.