Windshield wiper blades are one of the things that most drivers tend to overlook when it comes to general maintenance or eventual replacement, but also very critical to your overall safety on the road. Simply put, a windshield wiper ensures visibility when you are driving, especially when it is raining or you end up in the middle of a sandstorm.
Aside from vehicles, windshield wipers are common in trains and planes, and are crucial for visibility. Newer cars use models with sensors that detect the level of moisture and can change their speed automatically. Still, the most common problem with windshield wipers is that drivers only pay attention to them when they need them.
What Should You Do With Your Windshield Wiper Blades?
First of all, you should run them frequently and even when the weather is clear. Second of all, you should always keep your washer fluid levels near full and make sure that your wiper blades can clear all of the liquid away without making your windshield blurry.
As they age, windshield wiper blades become dry and brittle, which is why they may lose contact with your windshield or produce strange noises. There are a lot of factors behind damaged wiper blades, and the most common one is simple wear and tear, although extreme heat, airborne debris (sand, mud, and dust) and increased exposure to the sun can cause the rubber to dry out and crack. When this happens, they need to be replaced.
Why & How To Replace Your Wipers
As we said above, windshield wipers are important because they ensure good visibility, protect your car as they clean the windshield, and can be replaced multiple times. If you live in an area prone to rain, monitoring them on a routine basis should be your priority. Luckily, replacing them is easy to manage and relatively inexpensive.
When you consider the cost of replacing a damaged windshield wiper versus the expenses you could incur if you get in an accident because of poor visibility, you will see that regular replacement of your windshield wipers is always a good idea.
If your wipers have worn out edges and the wipe quality is reduced, you need to think about replacement. Also, visible cracks, tears, and missing pieces are often signs that you need new wipers.
Replacing your windshield wiper blades is easy. You should:
- Raise the metal wiper arm away from your windshield, in a position where it is perpendicular to it.
- Unhook the old wiper blade – spot the joint where the rubber wiper blade connects to the metal arm.
- Insert the new wiper.
- Repeat with the other wiper.
If you are having trouble with this, you can always visit your nearest mechanic. If you notice that you are having trouble clearing water from your windshield, it’s time to think about windshield wiper replacement.
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