Wiper Blades are necessary for you to be able to see in bad weather. You should know what the wiper blade sizes are and in order to do that, you should be able to read a guide that is usually found in the wiper blade section of a store.
I’ve found in some places that there is also a digital guide you can use to find out the right information as well. There are vehicles that may have 2 different size wiper blades and some the same size. You should always have that information on hand. (I add mine to the owner’s manual, as there is a place for notes.) The auto parts stores can also look that information up in the computer for you as well.
To find the wiper blade(s) for your vehicle, it’s looked up by Year, Make (Ford, Chevy, GMC, Acura, Honda, ect), and Model (Taurus, Cobalt, Sierra, TL, Accord, ect). It will list DRIVER’S SIDE and PASSENGER SIDE. Make sure you put them on the right side, if you don’t … you’ll notice the problem right away.
You should change your wiper blades at least twice a year! They don’t make them like they used to – so they don’t last as long. A good recommendation is to change them in October before it snows and in April when the weather is getting warmer.
You can look up the size of the wiper blades online. Write down the part number of the ones you want. You can look up the wiper blades on any auto parts site. It goes by Year, Make and Model to find that information to find the right wipers for your vehicle.
There are many different companies that make wiper blades. There is ANCO, AERO, TRICO are a few. There is also RainX, Michelin, Good Year, Hella, Bosch (example – SAAB), generic replacement blades (rubber part – not recommended as they don’t stay in place).
Did you know, that the RainX blades were designed to work with other RainX products?
You can use the wiper blades with the Bug Wash, the 2-1, the De-Icer and All Season fluids. They all contain a type of wax to allow the water to bead up and run off. You don’t have to use the wipers so often when you use those products and it helps to extend the life of the wiper blades.
The other RainX cleaner product I use to wash the windows and mirrors with. It contains a wax that allows the water to bead off the glass allowing you to see much better through those windows. It also works really well in the winter time, but you should apply it in weather that’s at least 60 degrees or warmer so that it sticks to the glass. It allows the snow and sleet to slide off of those surfaces, to give you a better view in the bad weather.
If you don’t know how to install them, some auto parts companies offer a free installation IF you purchase the wiper blades in their store.
IT’S THE LAW… ALWAYS use your wiper blades in fog, rain, snow, sleet, and other precipitation. ALSO – IF your wiper blades are on – Then the regular vehicle lights as well (Not daytime running lights as the rear lights do not usually work when those are on!) SAFETY FIRST!
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