Can you see clearly? you Better get that Old Wiper Replaced.
When it comes to windscreen wipers, there are two components to consider:
The wiper arm assembly, which should be replaced every 70,000kms and the refills (blades), which generally need to be replaced every six months. Even in the hot weather it’s well worth keeping a close eye on your wipers just as you would when it’s wet, as sunlight and summer heat can break down their rubber edges. A smeared screen coupled with sun glare can be doubly dangerous, especially with an empty wiper water bottle. So remember to keep your windscreen fluids topped up with water and windscreen washer additive.
Of course, windscreen wipers perform an extra important duty in summer showers and wet road conditions. Dirt, debris and road grime wear wipers down.
To get the most from your existing wipers inspect them from time to time. Lift each wiper arm off the glass and run your finger along the rubber edge. If the rubber is too rigid or chipped, or you get nonstop streaking on your windscreen, you need new refills. When the time comes to replace the refills, remember to replace them in pairs. If one is worn out, the other half won’t be far behind.
Remember to check the rear wiper too (if your vehicle has one). While it may not get as much use as the front wipers, it’s still exposed to the elements and keeps the rear window clear. Heat can also be dangerous as it can damage the rubber of blades, so regular checks in hot and dry conditions are important too.
Simply check there is water by squirting the washers from time to time so as not to be caught out on the road with an empty bottle. Why not make a quick visit to Taha Windscreen Wipers Service to help you get your windscreen wiper arm assembly and refills checked?
KEEP YOUR WIPER BLADES UP TO SCRATCH
- It’s a good idea to have your windscreen wipers checked at least once a year
- Using a good-quality additive in your screen wash will help to keep your wipers working well
- Ineffective wipers could mean you fail your registration check
- Badly deteriorated wiper blades can even scratch your windscreen
How often should you change your windshield wipers?
You need to replace your wipers at least every year. New Zealand conditions expose your car to high levels of UV and heat, and if you use your wipers a lot you need to change them regularly.
It’s time to replace your wiper blades if they are:
- making unusual noises
- leaving areas of your windscreen unwiped
How to Change Windscreen Wiper Blades?
You will need:
- New wiper blades.
- Scissors or a sharp knife.
NOTE: Taha Auto staff have been trained in replacing wiper blades, so head into your local yard if you require assistance.
Replacing Wiper Blades
- Lift the blade assembly from the windscreen so the assembly is standing outwards from the vehicle. The assembly will be on a pivot hinge so will lift up easily.
- To remove the old blade, squeeze the end with the clip attached together and pull/slide the blade out to remove from the assembly (this is where you may need pliers to squeeze the end).
- Insert the new wiper blade into the wiper assembly claws and lock the metal retaining clip into then end of the claw.
- From the end of the wiper blade assembly, cut off the excess rubber from the blade to fit the wiper blade. (Note: there may be a skinny long piece of metal running inside the blade. This piece of metal is easily cut or can even be snapped in some cases to fit the blade assembly).
- Lower the assembly gently back towards the windscreen, ensuring the whole rubber blade is flush on the windscreen.
Replacing Wiper Assembly
- The middle of the wiper blade will be where the blade pivots on the wiper assembly. To release the blade, push on the clip underneath/in the hook. Remove the blade gently by sliding towards the open end of the hook. You will be then able to disconnect the adapter from the old blade.
- Attach the adaptor to the new blade. Slide/clip the new blade onto the assembly by sliding on to the hook. You should hear a click when the assembly has been properly attached.
Helpful Tips…Make sure you remember to..
- Test your wipers after you have changed the assembly or the blade. The best way to test the wipers is to simply use the windscreen washer generally located on one of the indicator stalk/lever next to the steering wheel. Be sure to check the windscreen washer level before you begin the process. If anything seems abnormal, stop the test immediately and ensure the blade has been clipped in properly.
- Always ensure the windscreen washer reservoir is topped up using water and a windscreen washer additive.