How to Change Windshield Wipers

When something goes wrong with your car’s windshield wipers (reviews here), it can be easy to make an appointment with your local car shop. After all, nobody can better tell you just what the problem is in the first place. Though, at the same time, nobody can better charge you for such knowledge. In this article, we’ll not only find out how to change windshield wipers, we’ll find out how to diagnose your car and how to pick up the proper wipers in the first place. Let’s get to it.

Are Your New Windshield Wipers Compatible With Your Windshield?

Unfortunately, this is not a question I can answer, being that I don’t know what type of car you have. However, figuring out which wipers you need is a very simple process. Every windshield wiper is built to deal with a windshield of a certain amount of curvature. By looking at the manufacturer’s Amazon page or by giving them a call, you can figure out just how much curvature any given wiper can manage. And, if you’re unsure of how much curvature your windshield exhibits, calling your car’s manufacturer is sure to clear things up. In fact, they might even be able to point you in the right direction of some proper wipers.

Do Your Windshield Wipers Need to Be Changed In the First Place?

What caused you to consider consider changing your wipers? If the wipers are having a tough time gliding against the windshield or are having a hard time moving at all, the problem isn’t your windshield wipers; it’s your car. However, if your windshield wipers are leaving streaks, are scratching your window or are squeaking while in operation, you can rest assured knowing that replacing your windshield wipers is all you’ll need to get that perfect clean again in no time.

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How to Change Your Car’s Windshield Wipers

Now that you have the right wipers and are sure that your current wipers need to be changed, let’s get them on your car. Follow the below steps to get your wipers changed over a very short amount of time.

  1. “Open” your wipers. Lift them away from the car’s windshield. This will make the process much easier and will ensure that you don’t hurt your windshield.
  2. Remove your current wiper blades. You can remove your wipers by turning them so they align with their allotted arm (the piece that sticks out of your car) and pulling them up and away from said arm. Don’t pull too hard; however, as you might damage the arm. If you have to struggle to remove the wiper, check for any blockage before trying again. If nothing else works, call the manufacturer for guidance. However, this shouldn’t prove to be an issue.
  3. Put your new wiper blade on. Simply line the blade up with your old wiper’s arm, slip it on and pull on it in a downward motion. After this, you should be able to once again have your wipers rest on your windshield. Turn your car on and give them a whirl to make sure everything went according to plan. If not, repeat the above steps to be sure.