When your windshield wipers become ineffective, it is equally annoying and dangerous. If they have ever become damaged while driving in the rain, you know that your visibility is next to nothing. If that does happen to you, pull over as safely as possible, turn your hazards on, and wait for the rain to pass. If, however, you are fortunate enough to see that you need to replace your blades outside of a rainstorm, check out the following steps to making that happen.
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Inspect your blades
Do this regularly so you avoid getting caught in a monsoon and have zero visibility. Check them out every now and then to make sure they aren’t too worn. Sometimes, the blade can become loose, so just take a few seconds to make sure they’re on the up and up.
Measure the wiper length
When you inevitably do have to replace your wiper blades, it is imperative that you get the right size. Remember that each wiper is generally a different length, so be sure that you get the correct length blade for the corresponding side.
Remove old wiper blade
Lift the wiper arm up from the windshield and press the small tab underneath the wiper. This is usually near the meeting point of the wiper arm and blade. Take the blade off by pulling down on it.
Attach new wiper blade
Put the new blade in the place of the old blade. You will hear a clicking noise. Typically, it will easily slide on and be secure upon “clicking.”
Test it out
Get in the car and turn your wipers on. Make sure there is nothing loose. If you really want to be thorough, ask your kids or neighbor to spray your windshield with water while you do it. There you have it. That was easy, right? This simple fix is offered by most mechanics, but why not save some money and just take ten minutes to do yourself?