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How to Change Your Windshield Wipers

As fall is approaching, the chances of tough rainstorms will grow. Driving in the rain or other hazards with faulty wiper blades can be difficult and potentially dangerous. On the other hand, getting windshield wipers replaced by a professional is expensive. At our used car dealer in St. Charles, we know all about saving on unnecessary costs. Use this guide to replace your windshield wipers on your own.

Inspect Your Wipes Regularly

Windshield wipers are made to last about 6-months but can wear out with limited use. Blades are made out of rubber and plastic and wear easily overtime. Our used car dealer in St. Charles recommends checking on your windshield wipers every 3 months, especially after heavy storms. Analyze if the blades are cracked, torn or pulling away from the glass.

Replace Your Wipers

  1. Measure Your Wipers: Windshield wipers come in various sizes and they will not fit correctly if you do not get the correct sized replacement. You can measure the length of your wiper with a ruler or check your owner’s manual for the correct size listed.
  2. Remove Old Wipers: Gently lift the arm of the wiper, while pressing to the small tab under the old arm to let the blade loose. Next, slide the blade off the arm as you pull the arm back downward.
  3. Attach New Wipers: Lift the arm and slide the blade in until you hear a clicking sound, meaning it is locked in place. Gently lower the arm and repeat with the next wiper.
  4. Test Your Wipers: Always test to confirm your wipers were installed correctly before using them during a storm!

If you have any questions regarding replacing windshield wipers or anything else car-related, contact our used car dealer in St. Charles.