Inspecting and Replacing Your Windshield Wiper Blades

Learn how you can replace your car’s windshield wiper blades.

While often overlooked, your windshield wiper blades work hard to ensure that rain, snow, and other debris do not affect your visibility.  In many cases, drivers don’t give their windshield wiper blades a second thought—that is until they stop working.  This winter, don’t neglect your car’s windshield wiper blades; learn how inspect and replace them today.


As a general rule, you should replace your windshield wiper blades every six months to a year.  However, you might have to replace your blades more frequently.  If you notice that your blades aren’t touching your windshield, or that they’re beginning to squeak, smear, streak, or scratch, then it’s time to switch them out.  Refer to the steps below to learn how to replace your wiper blades.


1) Measure: Measure the length of your wiper blades or consult your car’s owner’s manual to ensure that you are using the right sized blades.

2) Remove Old Wiper: To remove the old wiper blade, lift the arm of the wiper away from your windshield.  Press the small tab on the underside of the wiper.  Hold down this tab as you slide the blade off by pulling it downwards.

3) Attach New Blade: To attach the new blade, simply slide it onto the wiper arm.  You should hear a clicking sound when the blade locks into place.  Once the blade is in place, lower the arm back onto your windshield.  Repeat this process for the other wiper arm.

4) Test: Finally, make sure you test your new blades.  Check to make sure the wiper clears away water and debris without leaving streaks or scratches on your windshield.

Use this guide to help you inspect and replace your windshield wiper blades.  Want another way to stay safe while you drive?  Make sure you have the right auto insurance to address your needs.  For assistance with your insurance, contact the professionals at Fullhart Insurance Agency.  Serving all of Waldport, Reedsport, Sisters, and Tigard, Oregon, and the surrounding areas, we serve all your personal and commercial insurance needs.

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