Windshield wiper blades are usually composed of simple rubber only, so just imagine how long they can take continuous up and down motions as well as changing weather conditions. Since they are very fragile compared to other automobile components, you should know how to install wiper blades.
HOW TO INSTALL WIPER BLADES
After reading your owner’s manual for the measurement and deciding on the ideal type for your vehicle, you are finally ready to purchase wiper blades with confidence. Of course, you should also know how to install wiper blades to get the most out of your independence on windshield maintenance. The following are steps on how to install wiper blades for most types of cars:
RAISE THE WIPER ARM.
To successfully install wiper blades, you should raise their metal arms to avoid hitting the windshield during installation. Make sure that the arm is steady. You should do this step carefully because a spring-loaded arm can snap back. We do not want you to break your windshield just to install new blades.
REMOVE THE OLD BLADE.
Obviously, in order to learn how to install wiper blades, you should also know how to remove old ones. Simply unhook the old blade after pressing the stopper. The stopper is a small component located at the intersection where the arm meets the blade. It is usually made of plastic.
If your blades use pins instead of a stopper, push the tab up or use a screwdriver. Then, pull the blade away from the arm. It should go sideways.
INSTALL THE NEW BLADE.
To install the replacement blade, just reverse the whole process. Just make sure to secure the blade either by snapping the hook into place or closing the tab.
Some wipers easily snap back to the windshield, so you might need to do the process single-handedly because your other hand should hold the wiper from start to finish. To protect your windshield in case you accidentally let go of the wiper, fold a towel and place it on the windshield.
One of the easiest things to learn about car maintenance is knowing how to install wiper blades. It is just a matter of reversing the removal process. Wipers are very fragile compared to other automobile components, therefore, it is important that you know how to install wiper blades.