When you need new windshield wipers, you usually need them now. One day, it rains or snows and you turn your wipers on, and one or both of them does nothing.
There are hundreds of different kinds of windshield wipers out there, so here’s what you need to know:
Size and fit
Know the year, make, and model of your car or truck. This determines the length of the windshield wipers you need. Some vehicles have a different length blades on the passenger’s and driver’s sides. To make sure that your new wipers fit your windshield as well as the old ones did, try to get something as close to your old style of blade as possible. If you liked how your old windshield wipers wiped, then try to get the closest thing possible to them. The main difference that changes how your blades fit is how the body is made. Some wiper blade bodies are a single piece of curved plastic, while others are a metal assembly made of three bowed arms. As a general rule, the single-piece plastic wipers fit better on newer and larger vehicles, and the metal-arm type work better on older and smaller vehicles.
Figure out how your windshield wipers connect to the wiper arm on your car. This might require you to take the wiper off. Most new wiper blades have pictures of the different connection types on the package, so it’s easy to figure out which one you have, and which of the new blades in the store will work.
Refills vs. Complete windshield wipers
Some stores offer refills for windshield wipers. These refills are small strips of rubber that you can use to replace the actual blade part of your windshield wipers. These refills are much cheaper, but as the wiper moves back and forth across your windshield, they can work their way out of their slot on the wiper body and come loose.
Complete windshield wipers are the entire wiper assembly that attaches to the wiper arm on your car or truck. These are a little more expensive, but they are a more complete solution to any problems you’ve been having with your windshield wipers. If your wipers aren’t wiping properly. it might not only be because the rubber blade is worn.