How to Maintain Your Windscreen Wipers


Posted by Motorama in Motoring Tips

Bad weather seems to be heading our way and that means decreased visibility when driving. Let's have a look at what you can do to avoid loud windscreen wipers that skip, and don't wipe your windscreen like they should.

It's really important to be aware of the condition of your windscreen wipers and to be able to recognise any signs that might indicate they are in need of replacement. It's also helpful to know how to replace your windscreen wipers, so that you can do this job yourself when necessary. 

That's why we've put together this quick guide to windscreen wiper basics, to help ensure that you stay safe and in control on the roads this winter. 

When should I change my windscreen wiper blades? 

Generally, you should look to replace your windscreen wiper blades at least once or twice a year. However, there are a few warning signs that you should look out for that could indicate your wipers need to be replaced ASAP.

  • Cracks or splits - It's important to look for any signs of physical damage to your wiper blades. Tears, cracks or splits in the rubber could lead to the blade coming loose while you are driving. It could also cause your wipers to miss spots on your windshield, compromising your visibility.
  • Hardening - Your windshield wiper blades are designed to be flexible and to contour to the shape of your windscreen. This allows them to cover the maximum possible surface area. If your wiper blades have become hard or inflexible due to exposure to the elements, you should look to replace them as soon as possible.
  • Loud noises - Nothing can be more irritating than having to put up with loud squealing and shuddering noises coming from your windscreen wiper blades. However, these noises aren’t merely distracting, they are also a sign that your wiper blades are weak and worn out and no longer making correct contact with your windshield, and need replacing.
  • Poor visibility - Of course, one of the biggest indicators that you need to change your wiper blades quick smart is if they are no longer doing the job they were designed to do. If you find yourself struggling to see adequately when driving in the rain, make sure you replace your wiper blades at the next possibility opportunity, to prevent putting yourself or others in danger.

How do I change my windscreen wiper blades?

Changing the windscreen wiper blades on a car is a fairly easy job that just about anyone can do. The first step is to go into your local auto supplies store and buy a new set of wiper blades. Make sure they are the right size and fit for your car, as there are different variations available.

To actually fit your wiper blades, you will want to lift the entire wiper blade assembly away from the car, as far as it can go. Release the old wiper blade by unclipping it, and fit the new wiper blade by clicking it into place, in the same location as the old one. Take care when doing this as it is possible to scratch your windscreen or your car's paint job if you are not vigilant. Make sure your new wiper blades are secure and tight, to ensure that they won't slip out when driving.

Always refer to your owner's manual when tackling tasks such as these, as the individual specifications of your car may vary. Alternatively, you can come down to your closest Motorama Dealership and the Service team will be able to supply the correct blades, and fit them for you. Saving you time and hassle of trying to find the right blades and fit them yourself!

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