Anyone who has been headed down the road when a rain or snow storm hits only to be left with a streaky window after your wipers turn on knows how important it is to keep your wiper blades replaced and up to date.
How can you tell if you need new wipers?
- Streaking water
- Leave a milky film when wiping
- Any other reason it seems your wipers aren’t performing well
You can try to wipe dirt and hardened rubber off your blades, or clear any debris out of the way before you rush to buy new ones. If that doesn’t help, you’ll definitely want to change your windshield wipers.
Before you go to buy them, make sure you know the exact model of your car. This includes the year, make, model, and further specifications such as, “type.”
After you have the correct new blades for your vehicle, you’ll need to remove the old ones.
To remove your old windshield wiper blades pull the entire wiper assembly up so that they remain verticle. Then turn the blade perpendicular to the arm so that the hinge is visible.
You’ll notice a small tab on one side of the hinge. Pull that tab* out (you’ll hear a snap) and then pull the wiper down, towards the car. Now that the blade and arm are separated, remove the blade through one of the holes on the blade.
Next, you will need to replace your windshield wipers with the new ones.
Take the new wiper, and insert the arm through the appropriate hole, so that it pushes the actual wiper up.
To determine which hole it goes through, adjust the hinge to be perpendicular to the wiper and line it up so that the arm’s hook will go over the hinge. Once the arm is inside the hole, just line the hook over the hinge and push them together. You’ll hear and feel a click when it’s snapped in. Lower the arm, rinse and repeat and you’re finished!
If you are still struggling a bit, try watching these YouTube videos for a little more help.
Thanks to Pearson Chrysler Jeep for providing us this helpful info!