It's a frustrating situation many drivers find themselves in when their wiper blades have lost their edge - especially if it's in the middle of a rain shower. While a simple problem, it needs to be taken care of because it can hinder visibility in bad weather and cause disorientation, causing some very unsafe scenarios.
Signs of a Wiper Blade SOS
Streaks and Smears
The most obvious sign is streaks or smears on your windshield, even after the wipers have passed. This is a clear indicator that the rubber on your blades is worn out.
If your wipers start to produce an annoying chattering noise as they move across the glass, it's often a sign of hardened or damaged wiper blades.
Skipping or Missing Spots
If your wipers skip sections or miss spots on the windshield, it's a surefire sign that they are no longer making proper contact with the glass.
Squeaking or squealing sounds when your wipers are in action are another sign that the blades are nearing the end of their useful life.
Wiper Blade Replacement Made Simple
Now that you've identified the signs, it's time to replace those worn-out wiper blades. Here's how to do it like a pro:
Tools You'll Need:
- New wiper blades (make sure they're the right size for your vehicle)
- A cloth or towel
- Possibly a small screwdriver (for some blade types)
Lift the Wiper Arm
Gently lift the wiper arm away from the windshield until it remains in an upright position, forming an "L" shape with the glass.
Remove the Old Blade
Locate the release tab or clip on the wiper arm where it connects to the old blade. Depress or unlock this tab and carefully slide the old blade down and off the arm. If there's a retaining clip, you may need to use a small screwdriver to release it.
Prepare the New Blade
Unbox your new wiper blade and ensure it matches the type and size needed for your vehicle. Many blades come with adapters to fit different wiper arm styles.
Attach the New Blade
Slide the new blade's connector or adapter onto the wiper arm until you hear or feel it click into place. Ensure it's securely fastened.
Test the Blades
Gently lower the wiper arm back onto the windshield and do a test run. Ensure the new blades make full contact with the glass and move smoothly without any issues. After everything is done, repeat it for the other wiper blade.
Wiper Blade Replacements at Cosmo's Service Center!
If you have noticed one of the signs from above, come to our shop, and we will be happy to help out!