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.
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