How To Change Your Wiper Blades
How to check your wiper blades
Windscreen wipers are an essential part of your car to keep you driving safely. Your windscreen wiper blades do all the hard work of removing rain, snow, dirt and debris, giving you a clear view of the road ahead. But, since windscreen wipers are both on the outside and at the front of your car, they face everything the elements have to offer, they’re given a hard life, and every now and again need to be replaced.
It’s also worth mentioning that Worn out wiper blades are dangerous and illegal, so they should be replaced, Did you know that ineffective windscreen wipers can actually result in an MOT failure.
The good thing is that windscreen wipers are really easy to change, and to save you time and money, you can change them yourself.
How do you know if they need changing?
Over time, your wiper blades will wear out as the soft rubber perishes. UV damage from sunlight, oil, airborne debris, moisture and just regular wear and tear will take their toll on your wiper blades. If you’re windscreen isn’t getting cleared like it should be, the likelihood is you will need to change your wiper blades. You can check the condition of your wipers by pulling the arm back from the windscreen. If you see any chips, damage or deterioration, it’s time to replace them.
You could take your car to the mechanic to have them changed, but it's just as easy to change them yourself.
Choosing the correct wiper blades
You can check your car owner’s manual which should have details of the wipers you need, Or you can check online.
1. First, pull the entire windscreen wiper away from the screen so it stands up away from the windscreen, it should be able to hold steady in a position If it doesn’t stand up on its own then hold it firmly in place. Be careful with the positioning as it could snap back and crack your windshield. On some vehicles, you may need to move your wipers into a specific position to gain access to them. Check your vehicle handbook or search online for guidance if this is the case.
2. Once the blades arms are lifted, you can remove the old blades. There are a variety of mechanisms to fix your blade to the arm. Some you will need to slide the blade down the arm to unhook it. On others, you will need to remove a clip that’s holding the blade in place. If you’re unsure of the mechanism used to secure the blade to your wiper arm, you should be able to find information online.Make sure one hand is holding the wiper away from the windshield during this entire process
3.Insert the new wiper.Take your new windscreen wiper and slide it into place, Gently pivot the new wiper until the hook snaps into place to secure it. Lay the wiper back against the windshield, be gentle with your wiper blades. Using excessive force can cause the clips or housing to crack or break.
4.Repeat with the second wiper, the passenger side and driver side wiper blades may be different lengths so make sure you are attaching the correct length blade to the correct side.
Whatever type of wiper blade you have, before you drive away, make sure you give them a stationary test with some washer fluid first – just in case!