Safe driving should be on the top of every driver’s list. Inclement weather, changing traffic configurations, and unpredictable road conditions can create dangerous driving situations. Having clear vision during these less-than-perfect conditions means having properly working windshield wipers, and knowing when and how to replace your wiper blades will help to ensure your safety on the road.
Tips for Installing Wiper Blades
In order to make it easier to change your blades, you may have to start your car and let the wipers rise to the highest spot on the windshield. The method you use to install the wipers will be determined by the style of wiper arm (Side Lock, Hook, or Bayonet). Before you install any of the following styles, compare the lengths of the new and old wipers to make sure you have the correct size. Also, it is important to remember not to allow the wiper arm to snap forcefully against the windshield, which can cause damage and cracks.
- Side Lock Style – If the original manufacturer wiper is still attached to your vehicle, then use a flat screwdriver to compress the spring lock and then slip the blade off of the arm of the wiper. If you are trying to remove an all-purpose wiper that has an adapter, then use a flat screwdriver to carefully force the adapter off of the arm pin. To attach the new wiper without an adapter, just slide it over the pin and press down until it clicks into place. If the new wiper does have an adapter, glide the blade over the pin and click the adapter into place.
- Hook Style – The hook is probably the most common wiper arm style, and luckily, the simplest to deal with. Just press up on the tab below the wiper, and it should release from the hook. Then, pull it back to detach the hook off of the adapter. Glide the new wiper arm through the blade, put the arm in the adapter in back of the hook, and glide it forwards until it clicks into place.
- Bayonet Style – To undo this kind of wiper, pull the locking tab to get the blade off the arm. To attach the new one, tug the tab back and glide the blade onto the wiper arm until it clicks into place.
Small Precautions Help Ensure Driving Safety
You can’t deny the usefulness of your windshield wipers during rain, snow, or other debris-creating driving circumstances. They remove vision-obscuring fragments from your windshield, increasing your visibility and ability to focus. Defective or damaged wipers can even create smears and patches of dirt all over the glass, impairing vision even more. Making sure that you have reliable, well-performing wipers can make all the difference in regards to driving safety!
February 5, 2013 by Jamie Rettig