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Inspecting and Replacing Your Windshield Wiper Blades

Learn what to do when it’s time to replace your windshield wiper blades.

During the winter, your car’s windshield wiper blades work hard to ensure that rain, snow, and other debris don’t affect your visibility.  Oftentimes, you don’t give your windshield wipers much thought until they stop working well.  This winter, stay safe by learning how to inspect and replace your windshield wiper blades.

When to Replace

As a general rule, you should replace your car’s windshield wiper blades every six months to a year.  However, depending on the weather conditions you face, you might have to change out your blades more frequently.  If you notice that your blades aren’t touching your windshield, or if you notice that your windshield wipers are starting to squeak, smear, or streak, then it’s time to switch out your wiper blades.  Refer to the guide below to learn the correct process for replacing your windshield wiper blades.

1) Measure

To start, measure the length of your wiper blades and consult your car’s owner’s manual to ensure that you are using the right sized blades.

2) Remove Old Wipers

To remove the old wiper blades, lift the wiper arms away from your windshield.  Then press the small tab on the underside of each wiper.  As the tab is depressed, slide the wiper blade off by pulling it downwards.

3) Attach New Blades

To attach the new blade, slide it onto the arm.  You should hear a clicking sound when the blade locks into place.  Once it’s secured, lower the arm back onto your windshield.  Repeat this process for the other wiper arm.

4) Test

Finally, make sure you test your windshield wipers after you switch out the blades.  Check to make sure the wipers clear away debris without leaving scratches or streaks on your windshield.

Use this guide to help you replace your car’s windshield wiper blades.  Want another way to make sure you stay safe when you’re driving this winter?  Then get the right auto coverage to meet your needs.  To find the right policies to fit your needs, contact the team at Scautub Agency in Scotia, New York.  Our dedicated team is ready to get you the coverage you need today.

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