How to Check & Replace Your Windshield Wiper Blades

One of the most overlooked parts of a car during routine maintenance are windshield wipers. As one of the key moving parts to ensuring your windshield is clean and clear, without properly functioning windshield wipers, it can be difficult to see when it’s raining or snowing out.

To ensure your windshield wiper blades are in good condition and to avoid damage to your windshield, follow these tips.

Inspect Your Windshield Wipers Regularly

On average, you should be inspecting your windshield wipers on a 6-month basis to ensure they’re not cracked, torn, or heavily worn. If you notice any of these things, you’ll want to replace them to ensure they are gripping the windshield properly and removing any debris so you can drive safely.

How to Replace Your Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers are relatively quick and easy to replace! Follow these tips below to make sure your wipers are replaced properly.

  1. Visit your local automotive shop and get the windshield wiper blades that are specific to your vehicle make and model. If you’re having a hard time figuring this out, ask one of the employees for help!
  2. Remove the warn and damaged wiper by lifting the wiper away from the windshield and press the tab on the underside of the wiper. Pull down to remove the blade.
  3. Attach the new windshield wiper blade onto the arm. Once you hear the click, you’ll know it’s attached properly. Lower the arm back down to the windshield.
  4. Repeat this process for the second arm.
  5. Test the wipers once both are replaced to ensure they are working properly.