It’s that time of year again. Spring is upon us and that means so are spring showers. After a long winter it’s important to inspect your vehicle for any signs of wear and tear that need immediate attention. Your windshield wiper blades are just of many areas you should inspect. Are you wiper blades due for an update? Here are some tips to make changing them easy.
How to tell if you need new wiper blades
Some of the most common signs include streaks or smears on the windshield when you use the wipers. That “screeching” sound that wipers make is also another clue that it’s time for a new pair. When you inspect the blades is the rubber brittle or frayed? It’s a good idea to change worn blades before you need them. There is nothing worse than trying to get home in a rainstorm with malfunctioning windshield wipers.
How to change your windshield wipers
First this is first. Take a moment to measure the blades on your vehicle. It’s important to measure both the passenger’s and driver’s side blades because one might be longer than the other. Then, head to the store to get the appropriate pair.
The next step is to get everything you need ready. Take the new wiper blades out of the package and have a pair of needle-nose pliers handy. We also like to put a towel on the windshield and under the wiper blades incase we are working on one wiper blade arm and it accidentally snaps back to the windshield. The last thing we want is a broken windshield!
Now you’re ready to begin. Pull the wiper blade arm away from the glass and then pivot it so the blade is facing up. Then, look for small retaining clips on the arm of the wiper. Pinch the retaining clips on the old blade and slide it out of the windshield wiper frame.
Once you have removed the old blade, you can slide the new blade onto the wiper arm. You will want to make sure that the retaining clips snap into position. Then carefully release the wiper arm so it comes to rest gently on the windshield and you’re all set.
What tips and tricks do you use to replace your windshield wipers fast? Let us know in the comments below! From all of us at Ed Napleton Honda St. Peters, thank you for reading!