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How to Replace Windshield Wipers

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Did you know the first windshield wiper was created in 1903? J.H. Apjohn developed wipers originally by using two brushes on the glass. Later that year, Mary Anderson came up with the swinging arm method we all know and use today. By 1913, that was industry standard. Windshield wipers are used to remove water, debris, and more off of your windshield while driving. 

For safe driving in inclement weather, you should make sure that your windshield wipers are regularly replaced. Don’t wait until you can’t see in the rain to think about doing it! If it’s been a while, they probably need to be replaced. Here’s how to replace your windshield wipers.

Why Windshield Wipers Need to be Replaced

As a driver, you should be prepared to run into all types of weather on the road. A good way to be sure you’re prepared for precipitation is to make sure that you are replacing your windshield wipers frequently. Windshield wiper blades wear down over time, and can begin messing with your visibility. If you begin to notice smearing and streaking on the windshield, screeching noises, or notice the blade isn’t hitting the windshield properly, then it’s time to replace them. 

Knowing the Parts

To know how to replace and inspect them, you should know what the different parts of the wipers are. In most cases, the wipers are made up of the wiper arms, a motor, blades, and a squeegee. All of these parts work seamlessly together to give you a clean windshield at all times, however, they have to be replaced often. They don’t last a lifetime, and need to be thoroughly inspected every six months. 

The Inspection Process

Though there are some telltale signs that you need to replace your wipers, it’s best to be prepared before you run into a problem on the road. Having clear visibility will make you less likely to run into problems during bad weather. Here is what Rain-X suggests looking for when inspecting the blades:

  • Broken frame: make sure the frame arms are still attached at connection points 
  • Metal corrosion at the joints and claws 
  • Visible wear: check for cracks, tears, and mine pieces 
  • Rubber squeegee: bend it back and forth to make sure it’s still flexible, after time they can become less flexible and have a hard time matching the shape of your windshield
  • Wiping edge: look at the squeegee wiping edge for rounded edges, if they’re rounded it can prevent the blade from making proper contact with the windshield, which reduces wipe quality 
  • Pull blade: gently tug the wiper blades to make sure it is still securely fastened to the wiper arm.
  • Make sure squeegee is secure in the wiper frame 

The Replacing Process

Replacing your wipers is a simple process, but it is important. If it’s been a while since you’ve inspected and replaced your wipers, go outside and follow this process:

  1. First, learn what size your wiper is. You can find this in your car’s inspection manual. 
  2. Lift the old wiper off the windshield, turning the blade perpendicular to the wiper arm, and find the release tab.
  3. Use the release tab to pull the blade down.
  4. Turn the blade parallel to the wiper arm, and pull it off 
  5. Take the new blade, starting parallel to the wiper arm, maneuver it into the place the old blade once sat 
  6. Turn the blade perpendicular once in place
  7. Gently pull it up to lock it into place, hearing a click or feeling the secure snap 
  8. Test it out! 

Your windshield wipers might seem like a trivial part of your vehicle, but they are vital to keeping you and your loved ones safe on the road. Don’t get caught in bad weather unprepared, take action now. Your future self will thank you for it. 

Call Scott’s Auto for Windshield Wiper Problems and More

We know times are hard right now, but you still need your car. If you run into car problems during COVID-19, know that we are here for you. Now offering FREE no contact drop off and pick up, FREE pick up and delivery in the Fort Collins and Loveland area, and FREE towing with repair (restrictions do apply), our main focus is keeping our community safe. Call us today at 970-682-4202 to set up any of these options that best fits your needs. We are here for you! 

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