We may not think about them much but wipers can spell the difference between life and death. After all, they help the driver maintain vision when it’s raining and vision is paramount when driving. The rubber on the wiper blades sweeps away water that gathers on your windshield when it’s raining. Besides rain, wipers can also be used to clear dust and light debris like leaves from your windshield. In colder countries, people use wipers to clear snow from their windshields.
Given how important wipers are, here are a few things you should know about them:
How To Care For Your Wiper Blades
Ever noticed how some people put their wipers up when they park their cars? It’s an old practice that extends the wiper blade’s life. If a car is parked under direct sunlight, the inside of the car gets very hot, even hotter than the outside.
Because the wiper blades are stuck to the windshield, they’ll be directly exposed to this heat. This shortens the wiper blade’s life. Raising the wipers removes this contact.
Besides this, you’ll also want to minimize using the wipers while the windshield is dry. The friction damages the wiper blades. This might also cause problems for the electric or pneumatic motor that moves the wipers. Nowadays, most cars’ windshield washers activate the wipers simultaneously when used. On that note, make sure that the washer fluid tank is always filled.
Occasionally, you might notice your wipers leaving streaks on the windshield when used. Normally, you can deal with this by cleaning the wipers with a piece of cloth. However, if the problem persists, it might be time for a change.
How To Replace Your Wiper Blades
Wipers generally take one year before they need replacing, depending on how you use them. However, it’s best to see how well they work for yourself. If the view from your windshield looks blurred, then it might be time for a replacement. Instead of replacing the wiper, however, you can instead just replace the wiper blades.
Fortunately, both can be bought on OLX. It’s just a matter of finding the right one for your car (especially cars with rear wipers). Whether it’s model-specific or universal, you can find it on OLX. Just make sure that the new wipers’ length is the same with the old ones you are replacing. If it’s too long, it might overshoot parts of your windshield. Too short, and you might get too little of a view when needed.
When you have your replacement, you can change your wiper blades:
Raise the wiper arms.
First, you lift the wiper arms so you can access the wiper blades.
Unhook and remove the old wiper blades.
After this, you can unhook the current wiper blades. You might need to look behind the rubber to access the point it’s clipped on.
Insert the new wiper blades.
After you’ve removed the old blades, attach the new ones. If the type of blades you bought differs from your original blades, the process might be slightly different.
When you’ve secured the replacements on the wiper arms, you’ll normally hear a satisfying click.
Lower the wiper arms.
After installing the replacements, lower the wiper arms. If you’ve done it correctly, the new blades should stick to the windshield without problems.
Test the replacements.
Just to be on the safe side, get inside your car and switch the key to accessories. Then, pull back on the wiper control stick. This will activate the windshield washer and the wiper blades.
If the wipers function normally, then congratulations! You just changed your wiper blades by yourself. What other car DIY would you like us to cover? Let us know in the comments!