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How to Adjust Windscreen Wipers

Updated April 17, 2017

Windscreen wipers are the part of the car that you use to clean away leaves and bugs, to keep a clear line of vision during rainfall or to stop the snow building up during a snowstorm. If you notice that your wipers are not keeping your screen as clear as they once were, you may need to adjust the wipers into a better position. Once you align the wipers, they should go back to performing like they did when you installed them.

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  1. Turn on your wipers and let them start to move across the screen. Watch the wipers carefully and stop them as soon they are vertical on the screen.

  2. Lift the wiper blades up by the joint where the blade attaches to the wiper arm. Hold the connection point firmly so as to apply the most even pressure.

  3. Pull the wiper back by two inches off the windscreen and allow the arm to snap back down into place. Repeat the process a few times for each wiper.

  4. Turn on your wipers and check the alignment. You can pull back the wipers a few more times until you achieve the perfect adjustment.

  5. Tip

    Try adjusting your wipers before spending the money on installing new ones.

    Warning

    Do not try to lift your wipers while they are moving or you could hurt your fingers.

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About the Author

Based in New York, Tim Burgone has been writing technology-related content since 1991. His work has appeared in “Wired” magazine and “Mac Addict” magazine. Burgone received the Frank L. Kern Literary Award in 2002. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from St. John’s University in New York.

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