Depending on where you live, most days, your 2016 Honda CRV wiper blades may seem like a minor part of your vehicle. However, their importance becomes abundantly clear in the rain and snow. Without the right blades and ones that are in good working order, it may be difficult to see out your front windshield. This is dangerous and can result in an accident. If your wiper blades seem to be wearing down and are not clearing the windshield as they should, it is time to replace them. However, not all blades are the same, so it is important to find ones that fit your vehicle and can stand up to the elements.
What to Look for in a Wiper Blades
When it comes to the types of windshield wiper blades, you want to choose a pair that can handle the weather in your area and fit your budget and last a long time. The first thing to do is look up the recommended type for your Honda, as not all blades fit all vehicle brands and models.
There are three major types of blades: Standard, beam, and hybrid. The standard type is more common in older vehicles. However, they are still popular due to the fact they are affordable. Keep in mind, however, that they typically need to be replaced every six months or so.
Wiper blades with a beam design wrap around the windshield. This allows for maximum contact, which results in a better overall clean. Unlike the standard type, there is no metal frame. This makes this design good for vehicles in cold climates, as snow and ice cannot clog them. These blades are more expensive, but they last longer than the standard blades.
The hybrid design combines the other two to provide maximum contact while keeping the blades firmly against the windshield. The cost for these falls in between the standard and beam blades.
Wiper blades also come in different sizes. Check your model to see if it requires 16″, 24″, or 26″ blades.
How to Replace Your Wiper Blades
Along with following the manufacturer’s suggestion, there are signs that your wipers need to be replaced:
• They are not entirely removing snow or rain
• They leave grime on the windshield
• They do not glide smoothly along with the windshield
Most wiper blades are not difficult to replace, and you can probably do it yourself. Just follow these directions or those on the package:
1. Find the release tab on the old wipers by lifting them and turning them perpendicular.
2. Push the tab and pull the blade off, using a downward motion.
3. Thread the new blade on, holding it parallel.
4. Turn the blade perpendicular and snap it into place.
5. Test them to ensure they are installed correctly. The best way to do this is to start the car, squirt some windshield wiper fluid, and turn the wipers on.
If you are having difficulties or would like the professionals to do it, do not worry. Any auto body shop can fit them for you and help you find the suitable blades for your needs and vehicle.