Fall Auto Maintenance DIY
Fall is a time of shorter days, cooler temperatures, and the inclement weather of winter is drawing near. So, it is a great time to prepare your vehicle for these upcoming weather changes. We have 5 simple DIY auto maintenance projects for you today and in the upcoming weeks, which we hope will help prepare you for fall and save you some money along the way by doing it yourself.
We will start out with the easiest of all the projects & build up your confidence as we progress to more challenging projects. Let’s begin, Fall Auto Maintenance DIY Project #1: replacing your windshield wipers. According to Tony Molla, spokesman for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, “Wiper blades should be replaced annually every fall. You generally use your wipers more frequently in the fall and winter. They’ll be taking a lot more abuse from road grime and windshield washer solvent, so it’s best to have a fresh set then.” Also, worthy of noting summer is tough on windshield wipers! The sun can bake and crack them into oblivion. Plus, if you use your wipers constantly to remove road gunk from the windshield, those bits of debris will slowly eat away at your wipers.
Not only is this project easy, but it is super inexpensive. Wiper blades range in price from only $10-$20/each. It is important to note that not all vehicles have the same size wiper for both. Some have different sizes. Also, hatchback and SUV owners don’t forget about the third rear windshield wiper.
We recommend replacing all of your windshields wipers at the same time and sticking to a schedule of 6 months- 1year depending on your habits. Ok, we get it you maybe thinking that replacing your windshield wipers is unnecessary this often. Here are a few questions to see if that’s true:
- Are your windshield wipers streaking?
- Are your windshield wipers smearing?
- Are your windshield wipers screeching?
- Are your windshield wipers brittle?
- Are your windshield wipers frayed?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions follow the steps below to replace them:
Step 1: Purchase New Windshield Wipers
Before you go to buy them make sure you know the exact model of your vehicle including: year, make, model, and further specifications such as “type.” If you stop by the parts department at Academy Ford with the vehicle our team of parts specialists can help you determine which, wipers are the correct ones for your exact vehicle. Plus, if you are not quite ready for the DIY just ask a parts specialist to help you put them on with you.
Step 2: Remove Old Windshield Wipers
Pull the entire wiper assembly up, so that they remain vertical. Turn the blade perpendicular to the arm so that the hinge is visible. At this point you will notice a small tab on the side of the hinge. Pull the tab out and pull the arm down towards the vehicle. The blade and the arm should be separated at this point, so remove the blade. Once it is removed the wiper arm is exposed metal, so be cautious. We recommend placing a towel on your windshield at this point so, that if the wiper arm were to fall back down it wouldn’t damage your windshield.
Step 3: Attach the New Windshield Wipers
Take the new windshield wiper and insert the arm through the appropriate opening, so that it pushes the wiper up. If you are unsure of the opening it goes through, adjust the hinge to be perpendicular to the wiper and line it up so that the arm’s hook goes over the hinge.
Once the arm is in the opening, just line the hook over the hinge and push them together. You will hear and feel a click when it is snapped in. Lower the arm carefully & repeat.
Step 4: Test it out
Make sure you test out the new windshield wipers with your windshield mister to ensure they are working properly. You should be rid of any streaking, smearing, or screeching.
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