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How to Change Your Wiper Blades

Last updated on March 1st, 2018 at 03:58 pm

Sick of streaks, squeaks and smears on your windshield? It might be time to change your wiper blades. Plymouth Rock Assurance knows how important it is to see clearly while driving (especially if you’re driving in the rain). Sometimes dirt and debris that has hardened onto the wiper blade can be the culprit so before replacing your blades try to clean them with a soft wet cloth. If a cleaning doesn’t remedy your blades they probably need replacing. You can either go to a trusted mechanic or attempt the switch yourself. Here is quick tutorial on how to change your wiper blades.

Step 1
Purchase new blades. When selecting blades there is a wide range of prices (from $5 to $35 and up) as well as styles. Do some research online and make sure to buy blades that are for your car’s year, make, model and any other further specifications indicated in your owner’s manual. Remember each blade is different so make sure to buy blades for both the driver and passenger side.

Step 2
Remove the old blades. Raise up the entire arm assembly of your wiper blade away from the windshield. Depress the small tab on the underside of the wiper blade where it connects to the wiper arm. With the tab depressed you can slide the blade arm off by pulling the center of the wiper blade toward the bottom of the wiper arm. Remember, with the wiper blade removed the wiper arm is now just an exposed metal rod and could crack your windshield so don’t leave it unattended.

Step 3
Attach the new wiper blade. Take the new wiper blade and insert the arm through the appropriate hole (where you removed the old blade) and align the arm’s hook over the hinge. Then, slide the blade until you hear a click and feel the blade snap into place. Lower the arm and repeat for the second blade.

Step 4
Test your work. To be sure your installation is correct, grab the garden hose or a watering can and pour water onto your windshield. Then, run your wiper blades on a slow speed to make sure they are properly functioning.

Remember, if you are having difficulties any mechanic and most “quick oil” establishments can help you with your new blades.

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