Wiper blades are very essential for the safety of a car’s windshield. Without them, rain would constantly beat down on the glass and put our driving visibility at risk. Though, because we use them constantly over many months, they wear out. There’s no way to avoid this no matter how carefully we use them or how much time we put into cleaning them. Thus, when it’s time to switch them out with new wiper blades, it’s crucial that all drivers learn the correct way to do so in order to protect the auto glass. Otherwise, the wiper arms might snap back against the windshield and break the glass. Here’s all you need to know:
Measuring and Purchasing the Blades
Wiper blades are only the rubber assembly portion of the windshield wipers, not the wiper arms. This means that you’re not removing everything; you’re only changing the part that’s damaged. For instance, check the rubber blades for any scratches or cuts. If you find any, then it’s time to change them. Then, measure the wiper blades by length. Make sure to measure both wiper blades, as they often have different measurements. Once you know how long each wiper blade has to be, take the measurements to an auto parts or auto glass store and purchase the new wiper blades.
Removing the Rubber Blades
To remove the rubber assembly, you should do the following in order:
- Raise the wiper arm (one wiper at a time) away from the windshield. It is recommended that you place a towel against the windshield during this time to protect the glass in case of the wiper arm snapping back into place.
- After the wiper arm is set vertically, look for the joint that connects the rubber assembly and the wiper arm together. In this joint, you will find a small tab. This is what you have to push on in order to unlock the joint.
- While pushing on the joint’s tab, take your other hand and use it to carefully hit down on the rubber assembly. This move will aid you in sliding the wiper blades down the wiper arm and freeing it of the arm’s hook.
- On the other hand, if your wiper arm has a pin instead of a joint hook, all you need to do is unfasten the lock located above the pin and then proceed to pull out the pin out of the hole that’s on the side of the wiper blade assembly.
Installing the New Blades
Installing the new wiper blades is similar to removing them. Just as you’ve unhooked the rubber assembly, you will now hook it. If the wiper arm has a hook, you will take the new wiper blades and slide them into the hook end. Pivot the wiper blades until the hook snaps into place. When you hear the snap, you can be sure that the wiper blades are secure. However, if the wiper arm has a pin instead, then just push up on the lock that’s on the rubber assembly and, while doing so, insert the pin in the hole. Then push down on the lock to secure the wiper blades into place.
Changing windshield wiper blades isn’t very complicated. Nevertheless, we recommend that you print this page and take it with to your car the next time you want to replace your wiper blades. Furthermore, it’s a good idea to examine where everything is located before you attempt to unhook or disengage anything. Figure out what kind of windshield wipers you have (hook or pin), as this knowledge will help you remove the rubber assembly with ease. Then, follow the steps we’ve provided you in this blog. Just make sure that you hold the wiper arms cautiously away from the windshield at all times or at least cover the windshield with a thick towel so as to not accidentally break the auto glass. The entire process should take you no more than five minutes. It’s that easy!