Do you know how to change windshield wipers? This is a useful skill-set for our customers in the Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte areas, so we’re providing a step-by-step guide, along with education, tips, and tricks. As always, you’re welcome to call or stop by to speak with our friendly team of automotive technicians at The Lake Dealerships service center. Schedule a service appointment today to have your windshield wipers changed by an expert.
Inspect Your Wiper Blades Regularly
Windshield wipers are an important safety feature of your vehicle. If the rubber blades have worn down, cracked, or torn, they will not properly clear your windshield, making it difficult for you to see the road clearly. It’s typically recommended to replace your vehicle’s windshield wipers every six months, though under certain weather conditions, they may need to be replaced more often. Old or damaged wiper blades will not make secure contact with the vehicle’s windshield, resulting in the blades streaking, skipping, splitting, or squeaking across the windshield.
Inspecting windshield wiper blades for wear and tear once a month will help ensure you have the best visibility while driving. What to look for during this inspection:
- Broken wiper arm: Check the joints and connections for any breaks.
- Secure installation: Check that the wiper blade is connected firmly.
- Metal breakdown: Look for any corrosion in metal pieces.
- Squeegee edge: Check the blade’s rubber edge for tears or cracks or for a rounding of the edge, which indicates the edge has worn down too far.
- Flex rubber blade for flexibility: An old wiper blade will be less flexible and therefore ineffective at clearing your vehicle’s windshield.
How to Change Windshield Wipers
Changing your vehicle’s wiper blades is typically a fairly straightforward task. If you need guidance, the team at our service center is happy to assist or to replace the blades for you as part of your vehicle’s regular maintenance.
- What size blade does your vehicle require? This information is listed in your car’s owner’s manual.
- Remove the old windshield wiper. Pull the arm of the wiper blade away from the windshield and look for a small tab or button underneath the wiper where it meets the wiper arm. Press this tab and this will release the blade from the arm, allowing you to pull it downward.
- Attach the new windshield wiper. Pull the new wiper blade tightly against the arm, and you’ll hear a clicking sound when the new blade locks into place. Lower the arm gently back down onto the windshield.
- Repeat steps two and three on the other windshield wiper arm.
- Test the newly installed windshield wipers. It’s a good idea to test the new blades for correct installation immediately, rather than potentially discovering an issue during the next rainstorm.
The Lake Dealerships: Leaders in Service
Our entire team of highly-trained automotive technicians are passionate about keeping your vehicle running smoothly for years to come. If you need service on your vehicle or more information on how to change windshield wipers, call or stop by today. The Lake Dealerships is your hometown leader for top-notch service in the Lewistown, State College, and Bellefonte areas.