Wiper blades clean water from the car windshield so that the visibility is not hampered. It is an electronically controlled blade and sometimes two or three blades are also present in big cars. Today we will disclose how much you should pay for a wiper blade. Additionally, we will also instruct you how you can replace them by yourself without much hassle.
How much should you pay for wiper blades?
Wiper blades have rubbers which cleans the windshield. This rubber may wear off over time and the blades need to be replaced. A sign of a faulty wiper is that the rubber will seem rough and deformed. These wiper blades won’t properly and need to be replaced.
Wiper blades are not immensely expensive so you can easily replace them without burning a hole in your pocket. If you don’t change the wiper blades from time to time then your windshield may also get scratched due to the rough rubber rubbing the windshield over again.
Now, let us see how much windshield wipers cost.
Before buying wipers for your car, make sure that you know the length of the wipers which fits into your car. Wipers come in various sizes like 24” or 14”. You can measure your existing wiper with measuring tape or can check your car’s manual for the information. The car dealer will also help you with this.
Then after finding out the right size, you can purchase wiper blades from online sites easily. You can purchase from offline stores too.
Bosch leads in wiper sales too. Bosch is a leading aftermarket automotive parts brand and it is available with us. A set of 2 wiper blades cost around Rs 360 from Bosch. This price is worth it as you don’t have to worry about it in the rainy season again.
This was a rough idea. You may not need two wipers and size may differ too. So, for a better understanding, now let us see the different types of wipers.
Types of wiper blades
There are three main types of wiper blades in the market which are fitted in your car. They are- flat blades, hybrid blades and standard blades.
Let’s talk about each of them.
Conventional windscreen wipers
Conventional wipers or standard wipers were the most common wipers until a few years ago. Standard wiper blades have a composite structure or support frame made of metal or plastic and it supports articulated links which have 4 to 8 pressure points which depend upon the length of the wiper. The articulated links get connected to a rubber layer which cleans the windshield and between the articulated links and pressure points, springs are fitted to distribute the force evenly.
Flat windscreen wipers
Flat windscreen wipers are the most commonly fitted type of wiper in today’s time. These are smaller wipers and do not affect the visibility of the driver. Here, metal flexors hold the rubber and a full-length integrated spoiler uses the pressure from airflow. A flatter aerodynamic design helps in reducing the wind noise too.
The flexors are made in sync with the windscreen, so this guarantees uniform pressure throughout the wiper rubber. Naturally, this is more efficient because of its design.
Hybrid windscreen wipers
As the name suggested, the hybrid windscreen wipers are a combination of the standard wiper and the flat head wiper. These windscreen wipers get the aesthetic advantages of a flat wiper while having the working of conventional wipers.
Full length spoiler keeps the wipers in place even at high wind speeds and also this wiper is smooth in high speed operation.
Along with different styles of wipers which we have seen, there are also various sizes of wipers that are available. A short wiper won’t clean the windscreen properly while a longer wiper may collide with each other or hit the edge of the windscreen.
Now we will discuss quickly on how to replace a windscreen wiper.
Depending on the car model it may vary slightly, but removing a wiper is very easy.
First, turn on the wiper blade and let it come to midway. Then pull the wiper towards you. That is to lift the arm away.
Then unhook the connector and wipe the blade downwards fully. This will remove the blade. Then attach the new blade. While installing the new wiper blade, do note that the rubber portion should face towards the windscreen. This is the correct facing of the wiper.
When to change the wiper blades
As this is not an expensive attachment, you don’t need to push it to its limits before changing it. Replacing the wipers every year should be fine. Try to schedule it before the rainy season, so that you get a good experience in the time of need.
Additionally, you can replace the wiper blades when you notice a change in visibility on the windscreen after using the wiper blade if you forget to replace it every year. Even if the wipers make squeaky noises this suggests that the rubber is wearing off. It should be replaced at that time.
All in all, wiper blades are not expensive and are easily available. Besides, being inexpensive, they can be installed by you without involving a mechanic and spending more bucks! It is recommendable to change the wiper blades every year.