How Can You Tell When Your Wiper Blades Need to Be Replaced?

December 28th, 2017 by

wiper blade replacement

How to replace Volkswagen windshield wipers

It’s the little things that can ruin your driving experience, and sometimes you won’t notice until you’re already on the road. One such thing is your windshield wipers, which have the important function of providing you with visibility when it rains. How do you know when it’s time to replace them? If they’re leaving streaks behind or squeaking, that’s a good indicator. Assuming you drive as much as the average motorist, you can also predict that you should be getting new wiper blades every six months. How do you replace the windshield wipers when the time comes?

Instructions for replacing VW wiper blades

Replacing your windshield wiper blades is one of the easiest maintenance tasks you can perform. Check your owner’s manual to see exactly which size windshield wipers are suitable for your VW, and then do the following:

  1. Turn your VW on and then off again, following by a quick downward pull on the wiper stalk inside your car. This will put the wiper blades in the “service” position.
  2. Place a towel under the wiper blades to prevent damage should the spring-loaded wiper arm hit your shield.
  3. Press the square button on the mounting arm to release the old wiper blade and pull up and away from the arm.
  4. Without letting the wiper arm hit the window, pick up your new wiper blade and slide it on to the wiper arm until the button clicks into place.

As you can see, Volkswagen uses push-button style wiper blades, which are among the easiest to replace and install. Keep in mind that wiper blade arms are frequently two different sizes and vary depending on your model, so be sure to check ahead of time to get the right size.

Curious about other VW maintenance? Check back here at the Brandon Volkswagen Blog for more tips.

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