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Check your windshield wiper blades

Hello everyone, it's Charles from HumbleMechanic.com and today we're talking about wiper blades.

Okay, I know what you're thinking. You're thinking: Charles do I really need to watch a wiper blade video? Well, wiper blades are a very simple, very easy to replace piece on almost all cars. Still, I can't tell you how many times I've seen the little rubber dangly hanging on the back of a station wagon or outside the side of a car, because the wiper blade is so bad it actually separates. And when we see a wiper blade worn out, it is quite clear that it is time for compensation. But I want to show you some ways to inspect your wiper blades and also some things you can do to extend the life of your wiper blades so you don't have to worry about the little dangly piece hanging from the back of your car.

The very first thing we want to do is look at how the winds move over our windshield. Move them neatly and smoothly, or are they tall, make a screaming sound, or leave a piece of windshield completely blurred. If your windshields moved smoothly over the windshield and did not make any noise, they are okay. But if you see some spots on the windshield that are not cleaned by the wiper blade, it is time to inspect them to determine if we can clean them and extend their lives or if they need to be replaced.

Before starting a wiper inspection or replacing wiper blades, I like to put the wipers in service position. Some cars have this as an alternative. Simply pushing the wiper rod with the button shutter allows these wipers to move up to full position and it makes it easier for me to look at them as well as to change them. On a car that does not, I try and keep it so that when the winds are in full set-up I just shut off the ignition.

One word of caution: These arms are generally spring loaded, so you want to be careful not to leave them in full standing while they are unattended. If something happens and the arm snaps down, it is highly likely that the windshield may break. What I think is to pull the wiper blade off the windshield a little and run your finger down on the rubber part that touches the windshield. If I feel any deep grooves or pieces missing from the blade, you don't have to look any further. Continue and replace the wiper blade.

If it feels like it's just dirty, you can remove your glass goggles and a cloth and clean the blade. What we can do is to clean both blades and run them again to see how they perform.

Wait too long to replace your wiper blades is not just a safety problem, because now you can't see it either, it can actually cause more damage to your car. I have seen wipers being worn so badly, to the point where the windshield needed to be replaced due to the wiper cutting the glass, and we really do not want to wait so long to replace our wiper blades.

When it comes to choosing a new wiper blade, there is always the opportunity to buy them from the dealer, and the good thing about them is that they will be made especially for your car. You can also look at a universal application. You just want to make sure it fits your vehicle correctly. Some vehicles have a very unique curvature of the windshield, so you want to install the blades and look at how they sit on the glass. If there is any part of the blade that does not touch the glass, it will certainly not be the best wiper blade for your specific application. We also want to see and make sure that it does not hit any of the "A" posts located on the outside of the windscreen.

There are many ways in which the wiper blade installs on the drying arm. Some have a small retention clip; others simply rotate and then slide on and off. No matter how the wiper is installed on the drying arm, you really want to make sure it is done properly. I have actually seen wiper blades coming off cars again, causing damage to the windshield. Many car manufacturers recommend that you change your wiper blades every six months. Of course, you want to refer to your car's instruction manual to make sure you do it at the right time. But inspecting your wiper blades around each quarter is a really good idea. And while doing the inspection, keep going and give them a quick clean, which can help extend the wiper blade life.

This is also an excellent opportunity to continue and top off the windscreen washer fluid in your car to make sure that you do not run out of the worst time. In addition to inspecting and cleaning the wiper blade once a quarter, another good tip is to keep the windshield clean. Bugs and dirt and dirt can actually carry your wiper blades out faster. By using your wiper blades to clean the ice from your windscreen, you almost ensure that your wiper blades wear out faster. Then use the ice scraper, not your dryers, to clean the ice from the windshield.

All right, I'll put it up there. If you have questions about wiper blades or comments, put it down in the comment field below. If you want to see more of my videos, go to HumbleMechanic.com and check them out. You can also follow me on Facebook, Twitter Instagram and, of course, on Snapchat. Okay guys, thank you so much for watching and I will see you next time.

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