Will you be driving safely this winter season? 

Will you be driving safely this winter season?

Rain, dead bugs, bird poo Ė your vehicleís wiper blades deal with them all. And itís crucial that they do. Just imagine if nobody thought about putting wipers on cars. Youíll be driving blind in no time, and to clear your vehicleís vision youíll have to stop your Honda Accord or your Volkswagen Jetta, get out and get some rag to wipe a menagerie of dead bugs, dirt, bird poo, and other things imaginable from your carís windshield.

Thankfully, wipers were invented and we donít need to do any of that. Replacing your Fordís or Audiís wiper blades is one of the easiest tasks you can do yourself Ė it only take a few minutes and youíll hardly get your hands dirty.

First, what you need to do is check the condition of each of the wipers on your car - don't forget the one for the rear screen and those little ones on the headlamps (if fitted). If any of them needs to be replaced, measure the lengths of the blades in inches (rounded up to the nearest whole number). Today, new wiper blades (the rubber strips) come ready fitted to their metal mountings. If yours is an older or a classic car, you may be able to replace only the rubber portions, but it's quite a hassle. Renewing the whole blade is generally a better bet.

Buy the wiper blades to suit your exact year and model of vehicle - double-checking the lengths with your measurements. Remember that some cars have wiper blades fitted with wind deflectors, and that some have different length blades on each side. For starters, you can try checking out the vast selection of premium quality Volvo, Chevrolet, Toyota, BMW and Subaru wiper blades at trusted online auto parts stores like Auto Parts Deal.

Now hereís the step by step guide on how to replace your wiper blades:

1. Open the package containing the new windshield wiper blade. The package should include up to three or four different styles of blade attachment, the small plastic piece that secures the new blade to the wiper arm.
2. Examine the existing attachment (where the arm and the blade meet), then find a new one in your package that matches it.
3. Grasp the windshield wiper arm and pull up, away from the car. The blade and arm should now be sticking out perpendicular to the window.
4. Remove the windshield wiper blade from the arm at the attachment. There will usually be a small tab you can depress with a screwdriver that will allow you to pull the blade from the arm. Some attachments have a small metal bump and two tabs on either side; you depress the tabs and pull hard to remove the blade. Some just snap onto the blade.
5. Remove the old attachment from the wiper blade and replace it with the new one.
6. Install the blade onto the windshield wiper arm.
7. Test by turning on the wipers. If the blades slip, turn off the wipers and seat the attachments more firmly.

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