Over time, your car’s wiper blades will be worn out. It will need a replacement to ensure its function and to prevent it from damaging the windshield. During bad weather, you need your wipers working so you can drive safely during a torrential downpour.
Types of wipers
Generic wipers will work on variable speeds, controlled manually on the car’s dashboard. However, most modern vehicles are equipped with the so-called sensing wiper system. Instead of manually controlling the speed of the wiper, the wiper itself will detect how heavy the water flow is and will adjust its speed accordingly.
The type of wiper that your car has will affect its maintenance needs. Generic windshields can be replaced on your own. However, those that are advanced in technology will need the attention of a professional technician.
When to replace the wipers
The rule of thumb is to replace the wipers once a year to ensure that it will function optimally. In some cases, you may need to replace it more frequently, especially if the wiper is too beaten up with regular use.
Take note that you should only get replacement wipers that fit your car’s design. Forcing in a different build will damage your windshield.
Moreover, consider replacing the wipers once the rubber fittings are starting to crack. Also, if it’s leaving scratches on the windshield, it’s best to replace the blades and have your windshield buffed.
How to replace the wipers
If you don’t have any experience with replacing wipers, you can ask the help of a mechanic instead.
Usually, changing the wipers will require these steps:
Step 1. Remove the old wiper
Lift the wiper blades to have access on the adaptor. Look for the small lock to disengage the wiper from the arm. After that, remove the blades by pressing the lock tab. For some models, a flathead screwdriver might be needed to pry the blade off the arm.
Step 2. Prepare the new wiper
New wipers come with a set of adaptors. Make sure that you choose one that matches the type in your vehicle.
Before installing the new wipers, give it a gentle wipe using a microfiber towel. Also, ensure that there are no damaged parts.
Step 3. Install your new wiper
Once you have the parts ready, install the new blades by locking it in on the arm. You’ll hear a snapping sound once the wipers linked to the arm.
Step 4. Test the new wipers
After placing the new blades, make sure that you test it before going for a drive. Check if the blades are wiping property and if it doesn’t scrape the windshield. Any cranking sound is a sign that something is wrong.
For cars with advanced wiper systems and sensors, it’s best to consult a mechanic. This way, you wouldn’t damage any of the parts in the process of replacing the blades.
If your windshield wiper is showing signs of wear and tear, it’s best to replace it right away. This way, you can go on long drives with peace of mind.