How to Check & Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades

An often over-looked part of your vehicle’s routine maintenance, your windshield wipers are an extremely important part of driving safely. When it comes to rain and snow, without properly functioning windshield wipers, it can be difficult to see. Not to mention the damage they can do to your windshield if they’re faulty.

To ensure your windshield wiper blades are in good condition, follow these tips.

Inspect Your Wipers Regularly

On average, you should be inspecting and replacing (if necessary) your windshield wipers every six months. If they are cracked, torn, or heavily worn, they won’t grip to the windshield properly and won’t remove any debris from your windshield when you need it most.

Replacing Your Windshield Wiper Blades

Replacing your windshield wiper blades is a simple task and should only take you a few minutes.

  1. Determine the blade size by visiting your local automotive shop and getting the blades specific to your vehicle make and model. If you’re having difficulties determining this, ask an employee for help!
  2. Remove the old wiper by lifting the arm away from the windshield and press the small tab on the underside of the wiper. Pull the old blade off by pulling it down.
  3. Attach the new wiper blade onto the arm until you hear a click sound, signaling it’s properly in place. Lower the arm slowly back down to the windshield. Repeat the process with the second arm.
  4. Test the the wipers to ensure they are working properly.