How to Replace Your Own Windshield Wipers

Installing new windshield wipers is something you can do to dramatically improve the overall safety of your vehicle. You don't want to experience blurry spots when driving through a snowstorm. To replace your wiper blades, just follow the steps below:

1. Inspect your wipers: Are your wipers stalling or smearing? If so, you're in need of a new pair. Even if you haven't seen any major problems, you should still take a look at the rubber on your blades to find any wear and tear.

2. Buy new blades: You have two basic options for finding the right size of windshield wipers. You can measure the length of blades you currently have on your vehicle or you can look it up online or in reference books found in most auto part stores. Once you've found the correct size(s), do a little research on sizes and prices to find the right one. You should be able to find a selection of windshield wipers that range in price from $5-$40.

3. Remove the old blades: Start by parking your vehicle on a level surface and raising both arms away from the windshield. These arms are spring-loaded, so be careful. (It would be wise to place a towel over your windshield to protect it.) Press the stopper to unhook the blade at the joint where the arm and blade connect. In some cases, you will have another type of arm that requires you to first take out a pin with a screwdriver.

4. Install the new blades: Your new blade should slide into the same position where the old blade was. Snap the hook in place or secure the pin to make sure the blade is secure. Repeat steps 3-4 for the second wiper and lay them both against your windshield.

That's it! You're done! You'll want to repeat this process every 6-12 months, depending on how much you use your wipers. If you need assistance with changing your blades, visit your local Christian Brothers location in Knoxville.