How to Change Your Windshield Wiper Blades
More so than any other safety consideration when driving, having proper visibility ranks atop the list. Your windshield wipers play a large role in this function, keeping your glass clean and free from debris, snow, rain, and mud.
Thankfully, replacing or upgrading your windshield wipers is one of the simplest and more affordable car maintenance tasks you can perform on your own.
Purchasing Replacement Wiper Blades
Windshield wiper blades can be found at most automotive parts stores. They will have a booklet on hand helping you to find which size of wiper blades are required for your vehicle. They may also have a variety of blades for different weather conditions, such as snow or summer, as well as all-purpose blades that can handle the majority of conditions fairly well. Often one wiper blade will be longer than the other, so make sure you double check the sizes of both the driver and passenger side blades before buying.
If you drive a Nissan, then you may wish to purchase your next set of wiper blades from our Parts Centre. We often have advertised Parts Specials on wiper blades, so be sure to check to see if there are further ways you can save.
How to Change Your Wiper Blades
Wipers are made up of three parts:
1. A lower arm that attaches to the vehicle. It is typically made of metal and has a hook end.
2. The metal housing of the wiper blade. This attaches to the hook end of the wiper arm, and is connected to the rubber blade itself.
3. The rubber blade that wipes the windshield.
Begin by removing your old wiper blades:
Pull them up and away from the windshield (be careful that they don’t slam back down onto the glass)
Unhook the metal housing from the wiper arm:
There is typically a plastic tab you must pull back; from this point you can pull the blade down onto the wiper arm so that the blade unhooks. Remove the blade while noticing its orientation. (This can save you time so you don’t install the replacement blade in the wrong direction.)
Do a side-by-side comparison between the rubber on the old blade with that of the new blade. This is a good way to appreciate how a wiper blade wears down over time, and will be valuable in identifying down the road when it’s time once more to replace your wipers.
Install the new blade:
Make sure you are using the proper blade for each side of the windshield
Place the new blade into position over the hook end and gently pull upwards to secure it. (This may require some finesse; don’t force it if the blade doesn’t latch at first. Rather, readjust until the blade attaches more easily.)
Once the blade is in place, secure the plastic clip to hold the blade in place. There may be additional clips depending on the make of the blade, so be sure to consult the instructions in the packaging.
You’ve done it! You’ve taken care of your own maintenance project, and made your vehicle safer and easier to drive.