When it comes to vehicle maintenance, oil changes and engine checks usually come to mind, but most people tend to forget about their windshield wipers. Because windshield wiping involves relatively simple work and the wipers aren’t used that frequently, it may seem like they don’t require that much maintenance. But wipers are a crucial component to ensure safe driving, particularly when the weather takes a turn for the worse.
Signs of Damaged Windshield Wipers
Ranging temperatures, frequent usage, and even humidity can all leave traces of damage on your wipers. From the wiper blades to the wiping mechanism itself, there are several different ways to tell if it’s time for you to fix or change your windshield wipers:
- Streaking on the windshield after activating the wipers
- A squeaking or chattering sound when wipers are running
- The rubber splitting or falling off the wiper arms
- The wiper blades tipping away from the windshield
- The wipers don’t move when activated
Why You Should Maintain Your Windshield Wipers
Windshield wiper usage can vary from city to city depending on the weather conditions, but typically the general rule of thumb for replacing wipers is to change them every six months or so. This will make sure that they function optimally to produce better visibility for the driver. And it’s no secret that visibility is one of the most important aspects of safe driving, especially if the weather takes a turn and you find yourself driving through a powerful hurricane or a storm that’s pouring rain.
A damaged windshield wiper can also lead to scratches or scuffs on your windshield, which could cause you to pay more. Rather than having to pay for windshield repairs, it’s much easier to just check and replace your wipers regularly.
How to Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades
Everything, from bad weather to accidents, can cause damage to your vehicle’s wiper blades. Fortunately, replacing the blades can be quick and easy. Here are the steps you can take to change your windshield wiper blades:
- Determine the size of your blades
- Remove the old blades
- Attach the new wiper blades
- Test the windshield wipers
First, you need to measure the length of your wiper blades or check the car’s manual for the correct size. Then you can purchase replacement blades and install them. To remove the old blades from the wipers, lift the arm away from the windshield, press down on the small tab under the wiper and slide the blade off downwards. To attach the replacement, simply pull the new blade onto the arm, tightly. There should be a clicking sound when it is successfully slid into place. You may then lower the arm back onto the windshield. Now repeat the process for the opposite wiper.
Windshield wipers are an important part safe driving and should be maintained throughout the year. Regularly inspecting and replacing your wipers will ensure that they are working properly to give you the safety and security that you need. If you need help replacing your wiper blades, or are experiencing issues with the blades’ movement, visit Reliable Automotive, an auto shop in Buda, Kyle, and San Marcos, to get help from one of our professional technicians.
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