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How To Replace a Wiper Blade
Before electronic technology drivers would clear their windshield manually when hit with a sudden rainstorm. My moving a lever on the dashboard back and forth, they would operate the windshield wipers. They have made great advancements since then, and now will operate at the push of a button. Windshield wipers have become so advanced that there are even versions being tested now that can actually sense an oncoming rainfall before you can. Too bad the local weather man can’t do that.
Why Change the Blades?
Your windshield wiper blades are a critical safety feature, allowing you to see the road in front of you even in the most torrential of downfalls. They work like a squeegee does, passing a rubber strip against the surface of your windshield to push off any water. It is the rubber on the blades that usually necessitate the windshield wipers be changed. Over time it begins to crack and will not make a good seal on the glass. This will cause streaking on the surface, obstructing your view of the road in front of you.
The mechanical arm of the wiper blade can also affect your vision. They are designed to apply even pressure to the rubber strip, allowing your windshield to be completely cleared. If one of the arms bends or breaks, it will also leave a streak on your windshield. Being that this is such an important safety feature, and your own weatherman can’t accurately predict a rainstorm, you should always check the status of your wipers and change them out as needed.
Start by ordering new windshield wiper blades from a trusted on-line auto parts store like Car Part Kings.
Both the rubber strip and the support structure that provides the pressure should be included. It isn’t a bad idea to buy two sets and keep one in the trunk for emergency situations. Inside the package you are going to find three or four different blade attachments. This is to make matching the assembly to your car easier.
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Depending on the weather, replacing your windshield wipers may be necessary every six months. It is especially important to check their performance often during the winter months as the weight of snow can cause them to break prematurely. The good news is, once you master it the first time, it will be a snap when time to replace them again.