Windshield wiper blades are not made to last forever. Because they are made of rubber, they eventually wear down and begin to leave streaks on (or eventually scrape) your windshield. General guidance is to replace once every six months, typically at the start of summer and start of winter.
You can pay to have a mechanic change your windshield wiper blades, but the task is easy enough to do yourself. Here’s how:
- Figure out which blade size you need: Take a measuring tape to size all of your wiper blades. Never assume they are all the same. Alternatively, some auto parts stores can look up your year, make, and model and find the correct blades for you. Remember, you are only changing the rubber blade, not the entire wiper.
- Purchase the blades: Each blade will run you roughly $15.
- Lift the wiper arm and unhook the old blade: We highly recommend laying down a towel over your glass in case the wiper arm snaps back and cracks your windshield. After laying down the towel, raise the arm, steady it, and unlock the old blade to remove it.
- Insert the new wiper blade: The new blade should fit in right where you removed the old one from. Pivot it in until the hook snaps in place. Gently lay the wiper arm back down. Repeat on all other wipers.
If your car needs so much more than just windshield wiper blades, take a look at our used car inventory at Chip Wynn Motors.
If you want to keep your used car running for a long time, you must keep up with routine maintenance, such as tire rotations, engine tune-ups, topping off fluids, and frequent checks of critical components like the engine, transmission, tires, brakes, and battery. Oil changes, however, are probably the most important part of routine maintenance. Depending on your vehicle, you will need an oil change roughly every 3,000 to 7,500 miles. Consult your owner’s manual for the exact frequency.
So why are oil changes important? Engine oil provides lubrication for all of the moving parts of your engine. These parts create a lot of friction and could easily overheat, but the oil keeps things cool. More importantly, the oil removes particles and sludge from the engine. Without oil, the engine would grow dirtier over time and eventually malfunction. Because the oil acts as a cleaning agent, it is important to regularly change it out.
Changing your oil regularly won’t just keep your engine from getting damaged. It will also ensure that your vehicle drives as efficiently as possible. While shelling out $20 to $30 for an oil change a couple times a year may seem like a burden, it will save you on fuel costs and eventual engine repair costs.
If you’d like to learn more about taking care of your vehicle via routine maintenance, feel free to contact our friendly staff at Chip Wynn Motors.
When you are searching for a used car, you will be overwhelmed by all the options available to you, especially if cars are not your area of expertise. This month in “Cars 101,” we’ll explore the term “all-wheel drive.”
So, what does all-wheel drive mean?
All-wheel drive (AWD) means all four wheels are getting power—all the time, but in varying amounts. This is different from rear-wheel drive (when the engine only sends power to the rear wheels) and front-wheel drive (when the engine sends power to just the front wheels), and even four-wheel drive.
In AWD vehicles, the engine determines which wheels need more power at which moments. This increases handling and traction. Improved traction means you are less likely to spin out or lose control, especially in snowy, icy, or rainy conditions. This makes AWD more popular in northern states.
While AWD offers this improved traction and thus increased safety, vehicles built on this platform are generally more expensive and have reduced fuel economy. If you are not going to face conditions when you would typically need improved traction, then AWD might not be the driving platform for you.
Have questions about our AWD-equipped models at Chip Wynn Motors? Visit us for more information.