How to Change Your Windscreen Wipers
As one of the most vital safety features of any car, the windscreen keeps the bugs out of your teeth, the wind off your face, and the rain out of your hair. A clean, clear windscreen also ensures your view is unobstructed, leaving you less likely to have accidents. Just as cracks and chips will get in the way of your view, a dirty and scratched windscreen is just as much of a safety hazard. Knowing how to change your windscreen wipers is essential because keeping your windscreen in mint condition is just another routine aspect of maintaining your car.
Why Change Wiper Blades?
Changing your car’s windscreen wipers is quick and easy to do. Old and damaged windscreen wipers will do little to improve your visibility; if anything, they will further impede your vision, and they are more likely to damage your windscreen itself. When your windscreen wipers are old and damaged, they may leave streaks and even scratch your windscreen, rather take care of your wiper blades and prolong the life of your windscreen.
When to Change Wiper Blades
Windscreen wipers are made of rubber which does perish over time. Extreme temperatures and weather conditions hasten the perishing of rubber. The hot sun and even frost take their toll on your wiper blades, causing the rubber to crack and harden, and eventually tear away from the frame. When the perished rubber goes hard, your windshield wipers just don’t wipe the water away properly because the rubber has lost its grip. You will most likely see streaks of water on your windscreen following the path of the windscreen wiper blade, that’s precisely when it’s time to change your wiper blades.
How To Replace Your Windscreen Wipers
Don’t worry, it’s simple, and you can change your windscreen wipers in three easy steps.
Step 1: Buying New Windscreen Wipers
To get off on the right foot, make sure you measure both your windscreen wipers; often they are different sizes. It helps to know the exact year, make and model of your car so that you can make 100% sure you buy the precise wiper blades for your car.
Step 2: Remove the Old Windscreen Wipers
Gently lift your wiper arm away from the windscreen, making sure it doesn’t snap back and potentially damage your windscreen. Holding the wiper arm steady, find the small plastic stopper between the rubber blade and the arm. Press down on the stopper to unhook the wiper blade and remove it from the metal arm.
Step 3: Insert the New Windscreen Wiper
To insert the new windscreen wiper, gently slide the new wiper blade into the same end of the arm from which you removed the blade. Slowly pivot the new wiper blade, and the hook will snap back to secure it. Put your wiper blades back in their original position, and your new windscreen wipers are good to go!
If you need more advice or help with your windscreen wipers, don’t hesitate to pop into one of our Instant Windscreen shops today.