Maintenance Basics - Wiper Blades

Some things can only last for so long. And just like everything else, windshield wiper blades also wear down and completely stop performing. You may not need your windshield wipers everyday, however it is still important that you do make sure that they are in good condition so that they’ll perform when you’re counting on them. Imagine driving in a torrential downpour, or through a foggy day, or snowy afternoon with windshield wipers whose blades are broken down or are already hanging halfway across the whole wiper arm. Needless to say, your chances of meeting accidents are be much greater when your view is diminished in such situations. To start off, you should first purchase a complete set of windshield wiper blades that are fitted to your car. If you do not know where to purchase wiper blades, or can’t find the right ones for your vehicle, you can try looking through the Internet. If you’re concerned about your private information's security, you can try purchasing at your trusted local auto parts store instead. Most people have a hard time figuring out how to put in new windshield wiper blades. Not to worry, windshield wipers come with an instruction manual in at least a couple of languages. Also, many auto parts stores will install blades that you purchase at no extra charge. To do it yourself, first pull the wiper arm and make sure that it is not resting on your car's windshield anymore. Then, you can start removing the old wiper blade from the arm. Some windshield wipers need you to simply push on a tab and pull the blade off. However, there are some wipers that ask you to lift a tab with a small screwdriver to get the blade loose. When you have removed the old blade, you can put the new blade on the arm. Make sure that you put it in correctly. You’ll know when the wiper blade is properly installed when it stays snug and secure even when you tug or pull on it. If it’s loose, or wobbles around, double check the installation. If you are satisfied that the blade has been successfully replaced, you can now put the windshield wiper arm back to its old position. There you have it, always keep fresh wiper blades on your vehicle and drive without fear of any weather conditions that might head your way.


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