Get the Facts About Windshield Wipers
The difference between wipers and wiper blades: wipers are motorized metal arms that pivot. Wiper blades are the rubber slats the arms drive. They must work together to effectively clear your windshield(s).
How many and what kinds of wiper blades there are: three -- conventional, beam, and hybrid. They can have one of three connectors, too -- either hooks, clamps, or pins.
Conventional wiper blades: these are for normal, everyday driving, in milder weather conditions and in temperate climates. Made of either rubber or silicone, they attach to metal frames. You replace them every 6 months.
Beam wiper blades: these are longer-lasting than conventional, as they're made of solid rubber. Plus, they more closely conform to windshield contours.
Hybrid wiper blades: these are similar to beam blades, but for being more versatile and weather-resistant. Their metal frames are rubber-coated.
When to change wiper blades: that depends on what type they are. The short answer: when you start to see the signs they're failing.
Symptoms wiper blades need replacement: these range from cracks in the rubber, streaking after wiping, and squeaking and/or chattering during use to bent or broken frames and deteriorating blade adhesive.
Why buy genuine OEM wiper blades: your brand designs them to fit your vehicle perfectly, right out of the box.
Where to order replacement wiper blades online: at our auto parts store. Simply browse our catalog with your make, model, and model year filled in; it'll help you find a compatible set more easily. Buy one now, and we'll ship it fast, right to your address -- you'll be swapping out the old for the new in no time.
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