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Car Tips: DIY Wiper Installs

Everything you need to know about installing a set of wiper blades

Wiper blades – they’re the unsung wet weather hero that we turn on and off with the flick of a wrist. But how many of us would think we could just as easily find a replacement set that fits and change them over? Not many… until today.

For most of us, we hand our cars over for a service with the “experts” (the mechanic), and notice a line item for wipers costing us $XX amount + plus labour. *Oh well*. We had no clue we could do the job ourselves. Worse, we didn’t even know they needed to be changed in the first place!

So today we explore:

  • WHEN your wipers needed changing. What are the signs and symptoms of an unhealthy wiper blade?
  • HOW to do it yourself. Seriously, the method we’ve been introduced to is dummy proof – anyone could do it! and
  • WHERE you can get a perfectly fitted set for your car. Hint: it’s not with us

The Misconceptions

Before we get into all of that, let’s tackle a few things you might have heard about DIY wiper blades.

  1. You need tools to install them, don’t you?
  2. False. A set of top-quality wiper blades doesn’t require fancy equipment for installation. You won’t even need a pair of scissors to size them to your car. They’re designed for your car which means they fit right out of the box.

  3. The DIY stuff doesn’t last as long as OEM or the mechanic
  4. False. Any good wiper blade will last for 6 -12 months depending on environment conditions and vehicle use.

  5. I don’t need to worry about this stuff. It’s only a wiper blade, right?
  6. False. Mary Anderson and Robert Kearns would be turning in their graves at this question but it needs to be said. Yeah, automatic wiper blades might be small in size, but that doesn’t mean they’re by any means a small player in the overall driving experience.
    Our good friends and wiper specialists (see below for more) tell us 90% of the decisions we make whilst driving are based on visual cues. So if it’s raining, or the windscreen is dirty, and you can’t see to safely navigate the driving conditions, you’re putting yourself and other road users at risk.

*stepping off soapbox*

WHEN you need to change your wiper blades

Shuddering

Shuddering Wiper Blade
Shuddering Wiper Blade

If your wiper is bouncing / isn’t moving smoothly over the windscreen, you probably need to change the wiper blades.

Streaking

Streaking Wiper Blades
Streaking Wiper Blades

If your wiper isn’t clearing all the water from your windscreen / leaving streaks, kinda like the picture above, you probably need to change the wiper blades.

It’s making an unusual noise

Your wiper shouldn’t make a sound moving over the windscreen. If you hear it make any sounds – squeaking or dragging, however intermittent – you probably need to change your wiper blades.

HOW to change them over

Recently, we learnt a neat trick from the experts in the field, Wipertech, on how to change over your wiper blades in no time flat. They promise this method is fool proof and will take less than 5 minutes on any one of their products.

Front Wipers

  • Lift up the old wiper blade
  • Rotate wiper blade 90°
  • Press the tab on the wiper blade connector to release it from the wiper arm.
  • Slide the old wiper blade off the wiper arm.
  • Get the new wiper and place the wiper arm into the connector.
  • Push the wiper blade up until it clicks into the wiper arm.
  • Done!

WHERE you can get a perfectly fitted set

You’ve probably guessed by now, that the ‘where’ is with our good friends from Wipertech. They’re Australian company specialising in premium quality, long lasting, high performance wiper blades.

What takes their product to the next level is the fact every one of their wipers is made to fit a specific make and model.

We’ve been hearing good things about this company for a while now. And as we got talking with the team we found out they provide extensive warranty like you won’t find anywhere else in the wiper blade industry:

“1-year warranty. In addition, if the wiper doesn’t fit or isn’t up to scratch you can exchange or get your money back”

Check them out here. If your wipers are doing any of things mentioned above, we’d recommend doing it sooner rather than later.

Happy driving!

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Luke Samuels

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