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How Often Should You Replace Your Windshield Wipers?

Your windshield wipers serve as the first line of defense against wind, snow, and rain. As a result, they will be exposed to the most extreme weather conditions. 

For optimal performance, it is important to replace your windshield wipers every six months. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommends that you replace your windshield wipers at least once a year. In the colder regions of the country, you should replace your windshield wipers twice a year.

Even if you do not live in a particularly cold region of the country, you should replace your windshield wipers once a year. 

You will need to replace your windshield wipers immediately if they:

Are missing a wiper blade
Are cracked
Are worn out
Do not wipe properly

If you notice that your windshield wipers are not working properly, it is time to replace them.

The Importance Of Cleaning And Inspecting Your Windshield Wipers

You should clean your windscreen wipers every time you clean your car and at the same time inspect them as well. Look for cracks or damage to the rubber wiper blade or metal bracket. If you notice a crack or damage, you will need to replace your windshield wipers.

While you are inspecting the windshield wipers, check the wiper blades for signs of wear. If the wiper blades are worn down, or not moving smoothly across your windshield, you will need to replace them. 

How To Replace Your Windshield Wipers

When it is time to replace your windshield wipers, follow these steps:

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Step 1: Clean The Windshield And Wiper Blades.

Use a soft cloth to wipe clean the windshield and wiper blades. Spray a glass cleaner onto the cloth and use it to clean the windshield.

When you are finished cleaning the windshield, spray glass cleaner onto the cloth and use it to wipe the wiper blades. Be sure to clean the wiper blades in a downward motion.

Step 2: Dismount The Windshield Wipers.

To remove the wiper blades, grab the rubber wiper blade and pull it away from the metal bracket. If you use a wiper blade that is made of rubber, you will need to push the metal bracket toward the wiper arm.

Step 3: Install The New Windshield Wipers.

After removing the existing wiper blades, attach the new blades. To do this, push the new wiper blade onto the bracket until you hear a click. If you use a wiper blade that is made of rubber, push the metal bracket toward the wiper arm until you hear a click.

Step 4: Put The Windshield Wipers Back On The Windshield.

To reattach the windshield wipers, slide the rubber wiper blade into the metal bracket. If you use a wiper blade that is made of rubber, push the metal bracket toward the wiper arm.

Step 5: Test The Windshield Wipers.

Before you test the windshield wipers, make sure that the car is parked in a well-lit area. Turn on the windshield wipers and make sure that they move smoothly across the windshield.

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