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Everyman Driver: How To Install and Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

Windshield wipers should typically be replaced every six months for your safety.  The wiper blades on my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee were long overdue.   That’s why I went to my local AutoNation store and picked up some Beam Wiper Blades.  Wiper blades aren’t meant to last forever.  Depending on where you live and the weather conditions there, the rubber compound on your blades can begin to split and crack in as little as 6 months as result of snow, ice, rain and sun.

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Below you’ll find a video of me unboxing, testing and installing my new Beam Wiper Blades from AutoNation.  Auto repair experts suggest replacing your blades in the spring because all winter long, they’re used as scrapers for snow and freezing rain and the rubber compound breaks up and doesn’t give a good, clean swipe. You might consider replacing them again in the fall because they can dry up in the heat of the summer.

To determine if your wiper blades are ready to be replaced, look for these signs:

  • The blades are streaking, smearing or clicking when wiping the windshield. These are often the first clues for many drivers that there is a problem. If the wipers are still smearing after you clean the blades and the windshield, then you are ready for a new set.
  • The wiper blades have uneven edges and missing pieces. When you are cleaning your wiper blades, look down the length to see if the blade edge is even. Clearing salt or mud can damage the blades and leave them jagged. This causes the wipers to streak as they miss sections of the windshield.
  • Cracks are visible on the wiper blade. Just like tires deteriorate from weather, heat and time, wiper blades will crack if they are constantly assaulted by the elements. Once you see lines or cracks within the body of the blade, it’s time for a new set.

The Windshield Wipers I purchased from my local AutoNation store were only $18.99 each.

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