Wiper Blade Replacement

For increased safety and optimum visibility in rainy, snowy, or icy conditions, be sure to replace your wiper blades at least once a year.

Wiper Blade Replacement

Wiper Blade Replacement

Wiper blades - perhaps not the most glamorous part of your car, but an integral part of keeping you safe on the road nonetheless. Wiper blades are made out of rubber, and even sparse use can cause wear and deterioration over time. If the wiper blades aren’t working at their optimum level, rain and debris can cause limited visibility and endanger you and your passengers.

How Often Should Wiper Blades Be Replaced?

Check your vehicle’s owner’s manual for any specifics, but wiper blade wear can depend greatly on where you live. In a warm, sunny climate, blades should be checked every six months and replaced at least once a year. The sun, heat and humidity can render the blades useless. The blades should be checked every six months in a cold climate as well, and replacing them annually will ensure you’re ready for any snowy or wet weather. Salt on snowy roads and frigid temperatures cause damage to the rubber and make blades weak. If you live or drive regularly in a dusty or sandy place, grit can be hard on your wiper blades. Check them every few months and replace them every six.

If you lose visibility while driving and using the blades, you need to check them or have them checked. Nothing is more important than being able to see the road in front of you.

How To Replace Wiper Blades

Replacing your wiper blades is relatively simple. Follow the steps below to quickly and easily get your old blades off and back on the road with new ones. In case you don’t want to tackle replacing blades yourself, a friendly auto shop can replace them for you quickly and affordably.

  1. Measure
    It’s important to get the right kind of blade before attempting to replace. If you don’t, you’ll end up having to get another set and spend more time than necessary on the project. Make sure to measure both blades, as the driver and passenger sides are often different lengths.

  2. Remove
    Pull the wiper arm away from the glass and slide out the old blade. A small clip or tab holds the tab in the blade, so pressing it or moving it aside should release the blade, allowing for you to easily slide the blade out.

  3. Replace
    Line up the new blade with the track on the arm. Slide the blade on the arm in the same direction you took the old one off. Ensure that any clamps or tabs are secured on either end. Replace the arm against the windshield and you’re done!