Remember to change your windscreen wipers

How to Change Your Windscreen Wipers and Wiper Blades

22 June 2015, 13:40

Windscreen wipers are one of the parts of the car which often go forgotten and neglected. We usually don’t notice or remember that they need changing until we get caught in that rainstorm whilst driving on the motorway and suddenly realise that the windscreen is not being cleared as quickly as it should be.

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Most people find that they need to change their wiper blades roughly twice a year. This may sound like a lot but you can pick up a new pair of wiper blades for next to nothing. Many pound shops sell wiper blades, as do supermarkets and cheap online suppliers. There is no need to pay through the nose for blades which are unlikely to last much longer than 6 months anyway.

Wiper blades come in different sizes, so be sure to check the length of your windscreen wipers before you go out to buy your replacement wiper blades.

When wiper blades become worn out they stop being as effective at clearing away the water from your windscreen. This can cause your visibility to be greatly reduced in rainy conditions which can make driving a much more stressful and less safe experience.

It is always a good idea to give your wiper blades a thorough wash before you replace them, as you may find that they are just dirty and not worn out.

When it rains, water can splash up from the road onto your windscreen, and this water can contain all sorts of chemicals and particles which can get stuck to your windscreen wipers as they clear your windscreen. Sometimes, simply soaking a cloth in hot, soapy water and running it along the wiper blades can clear off all of this dirt and dramatically improve the performance of your windscreen wipers. If after cleaning you do not notice any improvement then you will need to replace the blades.

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Replacing the wiper blades is incredibly straightforward. All you have to do is lift the wiper upwards, away from the windscreen and then remove the wiper blade from the wiper, sliding it out from its position. Then you take the new blade from its packet and slide it into the same position. It should only take a couple of minutes.

It is relatively rare for the windscreen wiper itself to break and need replacing entirely. This usually only happens as the result of an accident or vandalism. Most of the problems with your windscreen wipers can be solved simply by cleaning or replacing the wiper blades, but if you do need to change the wipers themselves then make sure you buy the right ones. Talk to a mechanic if you are not sure what you are doing, or where to buy them from, but removing and fitting windscreen wipers is not a complicated process.

You will need to detach them from the car at the base, taking care to keep any screws safe. You will then attach the new wipers in exactly the same way you removed the old ones. Throw a bucket of water over the windscreen to check that they are in full working order once you are done.

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