Replace Your Windshield Wipers: Helpful Pointers

Being an automobile owner is more than just jumping in and driving. You also have to ensure that all necessary vehicle upkeep is performed regularly.

While your mind may immediately think of oil changes, tires, or routine engine inspections as part of regular car maintenance, there is one seemingly insignificant yet equally important component that also requires attention.

Your windshield wipers!

If not inspected, cleaned, and replaced regularly, poor-quality or damaged wiper blades can cause everything from annoyance to impaired visibility while driving and even damage to the windshield. Our preferred supplier is Bosch, who suggests that you replace your wipers every 12 months, depending on your usage and the condition of the wipers.

Click here for some suggestions to help prolong the lifespan of your wipers.

Changing wipers is something for anyone who is up for a bit of do-it-yourself car maintenance. So, if that is on your to-do list, here are some useful suggestions.

3 factors to consider when replacing windshield wipers

Just like with car tires and other essential parts of your vehicle, wiper blades wear out over time and may cease to function properly. Here are three crucial things to bear in mind:

1. Ensure you have the correct wiper blade size

Wiper blades are not universally sized.

Depending on the make or model of your car, it is vital to have the appropriate wiper blade measurements in order to obtain the exact replacement length.

Beneficial tip: Do not assume that the windscreen wiper blades have the same length on the driver's side and the passenger's side. One side is often longer than the other.

2. Exercise caution when removing old wiper blades

The wiper arms are equipped with springs and can easily retract. Therefore, when replacing the blades, even though the wipers will remain in a raised position, if the wiper arm snaps back down, it could damage your windshield.

Beneficial Tip: When replacing your Bosch wiper blades, scan the QR code on the back of the packaging to access a video on how to replace your wiper blades.

3. Ensure proper functionality of newly installed wiper blades

Once you have successfully replaced the old wiper blades with new ones, verify that both are functioning correctly. The best way to test this is to utilize the windscreen washer system and observe how effectively they clear the fluid.

If anything appears abnormal, immediately stop the wiper function and double-check to ensure that the wiper blade has been securely attached.

Beneficial tip: Enlist the assistance of a family member or friend so that someone can operate the functions inside the car while the other inspects the wipers from the outside.

Should you replace your own windshield wipers?

Replacing your windshield wipers can be a simple solution. However, it is often easier and more convenient to enlist the services of a professional who can replace wipers on all types of cars.

Require assistance with your windshield wiper blade replacement?

Here at O'BrienĀ®, we recommend the Bosch Wiper Blade range for our customers. Our expert technicians not only provide a complimentary wiper blade inspection for all serviced vehicles, but we also offer free installation of any purchased wipers.

We suggest that when you replace your windshield that you also upgrade your old windshield wipers for brand new ones. It's a fantastic addition to your shiny new windshield.

For more information about our Bosch windshield wiper blade range at O'BrienĀ® AutoGlass click here.

Get in touch with us today on 1800 719 738 or schedule online.

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