You want to be more hands on with your car, right? At Toyota of North Charlotte, we know it’s empowering to do some of the handiwork on your own vehicle. And it can also save you a few bucks too! That’s why we want to give you some pointers on how to change your car’s windshield wiper blades.
Are my wiper blades bad?
The first thing you need to know is if it’s time to change your wiper blades. Our Charlotte Toyota service techs recommend checking your wiper blades about once a month. Here’s what you should look for when you’re inspecting your wiper blades.
If your blades are leaving streak marks on your windshield then they’re overdue for a change. You don’t want to be visually impaired by streak marks left on your windshield. In some cases the streak marks can cause even more of a mess than what you were originally trying to clean off.
If your blades have fraying or detached rubber from the rubber element, then it’s time for a change. This can be caused from heavy weather over time or just old age.
Your wiper blades should make little to no noise when they’re working properly. If you hear a squeaking sound when they’re in use, it’s time to replace them and get rid of your headache.
At Toyota of North Charlotte, we recommend getting your windshield wiper blades changed every six months. It’s best to do this in the fall and in spring, after the harsh winter and summer weather. And since Charlotte gets extreme weather both times of the year, this is very important with the wipers longevity.
How to replace your windshield wipers
Make sure that you check the size or sizes of wiper blades that you need before you purchase them. Below is the step by step breakdown of how to change our wiper blades:
- Pull up the entire wiper system.
- Turn the blade perpendicular to the arm, so that the hinge and the small tab are visible.
- Pull the tab until you hear a snap then pull the wiper down, to the car.
- Remove the blade from the arm through one of the holes on the blade.
- Insert the new wiper on the arm.
- Place the arm inside the correct hole and line the hook over the hinge and push them together until it snaps.
It will be easier to replace your blades if you take note of how they come off. But sometimes you can get lucky and the backside of your new windshield wiper packaging will have instructions with diagrams.
Tips from Charlotte Toyota service technicians
- Inspect them once a month, or have them checked by the pros when you’re getting work done at Toyota of North Charlotte.
- It’s a good idea to replace both at the same time.
- Clean your blade’s rubber element whenever you’re getting gas.
- Don’t use your wiper blades to get snow or ice off y
our windshield. Use an ice scraper.
And if you don’t have time to change your windshield wiper blades yourself or just want it done by a professional, our expert technicians at Toyota of North Charlotte are always here for you.