Check Windshield Wiper Blades

It’s the end of a long, hot summer (not unusual in southern California), and the first rain comes. You get in the car, turn on the windshield wipers…only to find that they aren’t working and you can’t see out the windshield. And beyond its inconvenience, this is a major safety hazard of impaired visibility. Wipers taking a beating in winter months, and can wear out within a few uses, while the summer heat dries and cracks the rubber. Avoid any unpleasant surprises with some easy maintenance through the year.

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Blades should be replaced every 6 to 12 months, according to most experts. Here are 4 steps to take in replacing the blades on your own. (Not feeling confident in your windshield wiper replacing abilities? Bring your car by a car shop and they’ll usually do it right there for you!)

  1. Which fit? – Measure the length of the wiper blades, or check your car owner’s manual for the correct blade measurement.
  2. Out with the old – Lift the arm of the wiper away from the windshield, and press the tab on the underside of the wiper. This should allow you to slide the wiper blade off the arm. (Need a visual? Watch this tutorial.)
  3. In with the new – Put the new wiper blade tightly on the arm. A clicking sound will tell you that it is secure. Lower the arm back to the windshield and repeat with the other wiper.
  4. Test – Before you drive off, test the new blades out.

There’s one less thing to worry about as the winter season approaches! Go to our blog archive for other helpful tricks and tips.

Questions? Call BMR Insurance at 714-838-1911 for a quote or advice regarding your coverage. We’d love to hear from you!


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