Over a certain period of time, your windshield wiper blades will become brittle, ridged and now clean the rain / snow of your windshield as efficiently as they used to. This is all normal and there’s no need to be alarmed.

Windshield wipers not on clean water and snow from your windshield. Dust also gets mixed up which can ‘eat up’ the wiper blade. Oh and let’s not forget that the wiper blades are under the mercy of the elements and we all know what happens to rubber when it freezes or heats up. It gets damaged.

So if you plan on changing your wiper blades yourself, there are a few useful tips that can help you.

Before changing your wiper blades, you first need to identify the unlatching mechanism for the blades. Not all cars are alike, and various car manufacturers, have various designs for this mechanism. Some will be simple as pulling or pinching, while others might require more effort. There are even mechanisms that require you to thrust a button or tug a latch in order to unlock it.

The second thing you need to do is unlatch the blade you want to replace

When you removed the blade, you need to identify it. This is relatively easy as it is mentioned in most car’s manuals. Some vehicle manufacturers also provide a detailed description on how to replace the wiper blades. And in case you cannot identify it, you can take it with you to an auto shop and they will be able to help you. It’s also important to note that some wiper blades allow you to ONLY replaced the rubber sponge inset, which is really convenient. While others require to replace the entire wiper blade.

After you’ve purchased the new blades, it’s time to replace them. Use a towel to wrap the unadorned hook of the wiper so that it doesn’t scratch your windshield.  Follow the detailed instructions on the packaging of the blade (on in your cars manual) and replace the wiper blades. Before returning the wipers back to your windshield, make sure that you cleaned the blades thoroughly of any oil, debris or grease.