Buying Bosch Windshield Wipers
The majority of cars on the road today use a hook-on wiper blade. This refers to how the wiper arm attaches to the blade. These types adapt easily to whatever kind of car you own, be a sedan or truck. While there are several styles of Bosch windshield wipers, as long as it’s a hook-on type connection, the task of installing and removing the wiper blade should be a simple one. Being one of the most popular types of windshield wipers, it’s most likely this is the style of wiper blade you will find sold in stores and online.
You can visit any auto body shop and ask them to find out what type of Bosch windshield wiper will work best with your vehicle. With some online stores you can input your car’s make and model information and it will show which Bosch blades are compatible.
If you prefer, you can take measurements of your wiper blades yourself. You’ll find that windshield wipers measure anywhere from 12-28 inches. It’s not uncommon that the two blades on your car be different sizes, with the longer blade being on the driver’s side. For example, the driver’s side blade might measure 26 inches while the passenger’s side blade will be 17 inches. Be sure to keep the wiper blades flat when taking your measurements.
You are likely to be a little overwhelmed when you walk into a store to buy windshield blades. Not only are there many styles to choose from, wiper blades range in price from 10 dollars to 20 dollars or more. Keep in mind that wipers are sold separately. You should always replace both wipers at the same time.
How do you know which Bosch windshield wiper to purchase? Rule of thumb is to stay somewhere in the middle. Don’t buy the cheapest wiper blade, but also there’s no need to buy the most expensive since you will likely need to replace them again in a few years. While you can experiment with different price ranges each time you buy new wiper blades, be sure not to mix-and-match different prices and brands at one given time.
When Should You Replace Your Windshield Wipers?
Next time you are out on the road test your windshield wipers for their effectiveness. This is the simplest way to tell if it’s time to replace them. Check if the wipers are leaving the windshield as dirty as when you started. After each pass of the blades, is there water and grime left over? When it’s snowing or raining, do you find you need to watch the road more closing through one spot of the windshield because your wiper blades fail to effectively clear the whole window? If any of these circumstances are true for you, it’s time for new wiper blades.
If you also notice that the blades don’t glide smoothly across the windshield or they make a chattering noise, it’s time to replace them. Finally, visually inspect the wiper blade. If the rubber appears cracked or worn, it’s time for a change. Depending on how often you use your windshield wipers and what type of environment you live in, this inspection should be done annually. Ultimately, if you’re having a difficult time seeing the road and your wipers aren’t up to the task anymore, it’s time to change them out.
Which Type of Bosch Windshield Wiper is on Your Car?
Bosch has a vast line of windshield wipers to fit nearly every vehicle. Determine which style of Bosch wiper you have before trying to remove it from your car.
Conventional Blades have a metal frame that holds the rubber in place.
Beam Blades are designed without plastic or metal brackets,and without hinges or joints to help reduce streaking. These wiper blades feature a high-tech, tailor-made blade that adapts to the curvature of the windshield, allowing pressure to be distributed evenly and for a reduction in wind noise.
Hybrid Blades have the aerodynamics of the Beam Blade but the frame of a Conventional Blade.
Bosch’s Insight Blades are recommended for people living in areas with particularly rough weather conditions. This wiper blade uses a streamlined design meant to provide a replacement for your car’s original wiper blades. With the aid of a universal adapter they fit easily onto any vehicle and their advance design guarantees both maximum safety and cleaning action.
Micro-Edge blades are the more affordable line of blades offered by Bosch. Their sturdy metal framework is durable, while the rubber blade ensures a thorough clean windshield. With the built-in universal adapter they can be quickly installed and removed.
Perhaps you have a rear windshield wiper that needs replaced as well. As with front wiper blades, Bosch has both conventional and hybrid style blades available to fit your vehicle’s rear window. When replacing the front windshield wipers, it’s a good idea to replace the rear wipers at the same.
How to Remove Bosch Windshield Wipers
To remove the old Bosch windshield wiper from the driver’s side window. Pull the wiper arm away from the car’s windshield. Once the wiper blade hits a 45 degree angle it will hold itself in place. On the underside of the wiper blade locate a a small tab. Place pressure on the tab while pulling the wiper blade downwards. Discard the old windshield blade.
To protect the windshield, place a towel down after removing the blade from the wiper arm. The arm could accidentally crack the glass if it were to release and hit the windshield.
Locate the adapter on the new wiper blade. Pinch the sides of the adapter together. Pull the adapter open. Slide the arm through the top opening inside the adapter. Pull the wiper blade up and hook the windshield arm into place inside the adapter. Close the adapter and lock the wiper blade into place.
Slowly lower the wiper arm into place. Gently remove the towel from the windshield. Repeat these steps for the passenger side window. If needed, follow these steps to install or remove a rear Bosch windshield wiper.