Car wipers are usually made of rubber, therefore, they can wear out as a result of wiping dust and rain from your windshield. When you realize that they have worn out, you can easily change them by yourself without taking your car to the mechanic. In fact wiper replacement is one of the car maintenance skills that as a car owner you are supposed to have. If you wish to replace the wiper by yourself you can follow the following guide:
i) Identify the parts you are supposed to change
When you analyze the wipers carefully, you will realize that they are made of three parts:
Rubber blade that wipes your windshield
Plastic or metal blade which is attached to the lower arm.
The lower arm which extends from the base of your windshield.
When it comes to replacement, you will not replace the entire blades. In this case, you will replace the rubber blades.
ii) Buying the rubber blades
Measure the size of your old blades using a measuring tape or ruler so that you get to know the size of the blade that you can buy. If both the left and right wipers are supposed to be replaced then you can measure them and record their measurements separately. You can visit the nearby auto parts shop so that you can buy your wiper blades.
iii) Replacing the old wiper blades
After buying your new blades, you can then remove the old ones before installing the new one. To remove the old one you have to raise the metal or plastic arm away from your windshield. You must be careful in holding the arm to prevent it from crashing your windshield.
Remove a small plastic stopper which is at the joint where the rubber wiper meets the plastic arm. This will enable you to unhook the old blade from the plastic arm.
Insert the new wiper blade into the same joint where you removed the old one. Adjust the new blade so that it securely hooks in a tight manner. Gently lay back your wiper on the windshield.
If you replacing both wipers, you can repeat the process again with the other wiper.
Get in your car and test if your wipers are sliding well against the windshield.