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Know-how: Checking windscreen wipers

How to check your car's wipers and when to replace them.

Visit the RAC Shop to find new wiper blades for your car.


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Video transcript:

Check the front and rear wiper blades for cracks / splits and other damage to the blade

Blades will usually need to be changed about once a year

Pull up the arm to 90º till it locks

Twist the blade round

Locate the clip

Push down on the clip and remove the blade

Replace the arm back against the windscreen - to avoid the wind blowing it back and possibly cracking the screen

Refit the new blade by lifting the arm to 90o till it locks

Slide the blade over the clip

Lock the clip in place

Twist the blade back and replace onto the screen

Also check the washer fluid level at the same time – refer to the handbook for details