Do your wiper blades streak or skip during rainy weather? If you are looking for a quick and easy solution, follow this step-by-step guide on how to restore your wiper blades. While the process may be time consuming, it is a cost-effective way to prolong the life of your existing wiper blades.
Why Restore Wiper Blades?
Wiper blades are essential in keeping your windshield clean and clear. While new wipers tend to be more expensive than refill strips, they provide a better view while driving in rain or snow. By restoring your wiper blades with refill strips, you can save yourself the cost of buying new wipers while still ensuring that you have a clear view of the road ahead.
Tools and Materials Needed
Before you begin restoring your wiper blades make sure that you have all the necessary tools and materials: Refill strips for both driver’s side and passenger’s side wipers; microfiber cloth; lubricant; towel; flathead screwdriver; scissors (optional).
Step 1: Inspect the Condition of the Blades
Before attempting to restore your wipers, inspect their condition. If the blades are cracked, torn, or have deep ridges, it is time for a new set of wiper blades.
Step 2: Clean the Wipers and Windshield
Using the microfiber cloth and lubricant, clean both sides of the wiper blades. Also clean the windshield to remove any dirt or debris that may interfere with the proper functioning of the wipers.
Step 3: Remove Old Refill Strips from the Blades
Using a flathead screwdriver, carefully remove any old refill strips from your wiper blades. Once all of the old strips are removed, use a towel to wipe off any remaining residue on both sides of each blade.
Step 4: Install New Refill Strips on the Blades
To install new refill strips on your wiper blades, start by pulling one end of a strip out from its container until about two inches remain inside. Put one end of this strip into its slot at one side of one blade and press it down firmly so that it fits snugly in place. Then align the second end with its slot on another side and press down firmly again. Repeat this process with each set until all four slots have been filled with new refill strips. If you are having difficulty inserting the refill strips into the slots, you can use scissors to trim the end of each strip to a more manageable size.
Step 5: Check for Streaks or Missed Spots on Windshield
Once all refill strips have been installed, turn your wipers on and check for any missed spots or streaks on your windshield. If everything looks clean, then your wiper blades are ready to go.
To keep your wiper blades performing properly for as long as possible, make sure that you adhere to a regular maintenance schedule. Wipe down both sides of the blades with a damp cloth and lubricant every few weeks, and replace refill strips once they become worn out or cracked. Additionally, always make sure that you use quality materials when replacing refill strips so that they last longer and perform better than generic brands.
Restoring wipers is an easy way to prolong their life while saving yourself time and money in the process. After following these simple steps you will have fully functioning wiper blades ready to take on rain or snow anytime it comes your way!