VW Windshield Wipers for Clearer Vision

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Snow, ice, intense rain and bright sunlight will cause the rubber compound on your windshield wiper blade to split and crack with time, which will provide you with reduced visibility during the inclement weather in Bremerton, Washington and other areas in the US. If you live in intense heat or extreme cold, replace your wipers be more often. Auto mechanics report that periodically replacing worn wipers will expedite the removal of rain, snow and debris from the windshield and increase your driving safety.

How Frequently Should I Replace My Windshield Wipers?

Replace your windshield wipers twice a year, in the spring and the fall, to achieve the most consistent wiper performance. Winter snow, sleet and freezing rain cause the rubber compound in the blades to break down, and they no longer make a clean sweep. Change them again in the fall, because the heat of the summer will typically cause the blades to become dry and brittle. 

Weather conditions in U.S cities, such as Bremerton and Seattle, vary. So, it's wise to inspect your blades frequently in-between changes. Examine the edges to determine if any streaking that you are experiencing from the wipers is caused by worn blades or from caught debris from leaves, pollen or other sources. Also, replace the blades if:

• The edges are fraying. 

• The blade has an underneath fold. 

• It is making a scraping sound as it crosses the windshield. 

• The wipers lay flat against the glass.

• The wipers are split or separated.

• The blade is dry rotted.

• The wipers are corroding or showing signs of wear.

Pay attention to your wipers the next time that it rains. If the wipers leave streaks of rainwater across the windshield that hinder your vision, they have probably lost the firm grip that is needed to wipe rain and remove moisture from the windshield in the pouring rain, sleet, freezing rain or snow. Change all of the wipers at the same time, which will ensure the best performance, plus the rear wipers experience all of the same weather conditions and hot and cold temperature changes. 

Even more expensive, high-quality blades OEM wipers will experience a breakdown of material due to weather just as cheap aftermarket blades will. But, the VW OEM wipers are designed to fit the windshield perfectly and are produced with the best quality materials, which will give you a clean wipe every time.

Wiper Replacement

You can take your VW to a mechanic to have your windshield wipers changed, but it's easy to change them by yourself. Your windshield wipers are composed of three parts: the lower wiper arm that projects from the bottom of the glass, a metal or plastic blade that is attached to the arm and a rubber blade that is used to wipe the windshield. During regular maintenance, you will change the rubber blades.

Measure your current blades with a ruler or measuring tape to determine the size that you need. Write down the measurements to get the exact size, or submit your VW's VIN on our site and then enter wiper blades into the search bar. If you use aftermarket wipers, there are different types of refills, and the aftermarket blades and arms are not the same as original VW manufactured equipment. 

Tips:

• The left and right wiper may not use the same size blades. One blade side is usually one or two inches shorter.

• Replace your wipers in pairs

Steps:

Safety Prep: To inspect or replace your wiper blades, place the VW wiper switch on LOW-speed and the ignition switch into the ACC position. When the wiper blades are a vertical position on the glass, turn the ignition switch OFF.

1. Raise the wiper arm and hold it perpendicular to the windshield. Be careful of the position. If the wiper arm is spring-loaded, it could snap back onto the glass and possibly crack your windshield. Placing a folded towel on the windshield will help to protect the glass, as well.

2. Unhook the used wiper blade; there should be a joint where the wiper blades meet the arm. A small plastic hook, or pins, will hold the rubber blade in place. Unhook the used wiper blade to separate it from the metal arm. Keep one hand holding the arm the entire time, so that it doesn't snap back and strike the windshield.

3. Insert a new wiper. Slide the new wiper into the end of the arm where you pulled out the used wiper. Gently pivot the new blade until the hook or pins snap into position and secure it. 

4. Place the wiper back against the windshield, and change the other wiper. The procedure will be identical. Just remember to choose the correct size blade for each side.

Extend the Life of Your VW Blades

For peak performance and longest life, keep your windshield and wiper blades clean. Dirt, road tar, tree sap and debris will create smearing, streaking and wiper deterioration if it remains on the glass. Wash your vehicle's windshield with a commercial glass cleaner and wipe the rubber blades with a wet rag at least once a month. Do not ever attempt to move the wipers across the windshield manually, which could damage the wiper motor.

Signs that the Wiper Motor is Bad

1. Wiper blades are moving slower than programmed

Check for grime or debris that may be clogging the wiper blade, which could impact the speed. If the wipers are clear of debris, it may be a problem with the motor.

2. Wiper blades begin to only perform at one speed

If you try to change your wiper's speed, and the wipers do not respond. It may be an issue with the wiper motor. 

3. 3. Wiper blades don't move

If the wiper switch doesn't respond and the blades don't move, the motor is damaged, or there is an electrical problem. 

4. Wipers do not return to their proper position and remain upright

The wipers should return to their secure position at the base of the windshield, and if the wipers stay erect, it could be due to the motor.

Choosing OEM VW Parts

OEM genuine parts are the best choice for your Volkswagen.

1. Each OEM part is factory measured and designed by Volkswagen to ensure that it is a perfectly fitting and working replica of the original factory-installed component.

2. OEM Volkswagen parts are guaranteed to perform as expected. All OEM VW parts, including windshield wiper blades, wiper motors and windshield washer pumps, are exact duplicates of the original parts. 

3. Protect your Volkswagen's authenticity by using OEM parts instead of lower quality, differently sized aftermarket products. All OEM parts meet VW specifications and designs. 

Located in Bremerton, Washington, we’re a team of parts specialists that love what we do and want to help each of our customers to order the exact parts that are needed. If you are a mechanic or a do-it-yourself Volkswagen owner, we can assist you with fitment and installation advice.