Replacing the Windshield Wipers: Do-It-Yourself of Bring it In for BMW Owners

replacing your wipersThere are numerous car maintenance projects that drivers can do themselves, though they might not have a clue how to go about it. Replacing the windshield wipers is one of them.

Old, Worn Out Windshield Wipers

As windshield wipers get old, whether from use or just age, they become a liability, rather than an asset. An older wiper blade will begin to streak and won’t clear the windshield effectively. This streaking can cause blurriness for the driver, making it more difficult for him or her to see the road signs, people walking, and even other cars in the distance.

When traveling at high rates of speed, every second counts and if you can’t see the car in front of you clearly, or don’t notice the car coming the other way beginning a turn (without a turn signal on), it can increase the risk of accidents.

Getting the Right Size

The most important thing to do right away is make sure you can get the right size windshield wiper blade, and curvature, for your particular BMW. Every windshield is different and just because they may fit your car, they might be function properly.

That’s because the curvature of the glass varies from one car to the next. Also, you’ll want to make sure the length of the wiper blade is right as this will maximize the coverage area while avoiding having both blades clipping each other.

Doing It Yourself

For the most part, changing wiper blades is relatively simple, but when you’re installing aftermarket blades that are a one-size-fits-many vehicles style, you’ll have to install an adapter, which needs to fit snugly otherwise the blade to fly off when you’re driving.

Because of the relative affordability of wiper blades, it’s best to bring your BMW to an authorized service center and have them installed professionally. You’ll save time, money, and aggravation and know you’re going to be safe whenever there’s rain, snow, sleet, or any other weather heading your way.

2014-12-07T18:00:54+00:00 December 7th, 2014|Service, Tips|

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