Windshield Wiper Blades: Buying Guide and FAQs
How Many and What Kinds are There?
There are three. They are conventional, beam, and hybrid. They all have one of three types of connectors -- either hook, clamp, or pin.
What are Conventional Wiper Blades?
They're the rubber or silicone slats, attached to metal frames, that you see on the roads every day. They're made for temperate climate and weather conditions, meaning you'll have to replace them every six months or so.
What are Beam Wiper Blades?
They're solid rubber slats designed for close conformity to a windshield's contours. These last a bit longer than the conventional kind.
What are Hybrid Wiper Blades?
They're essentially beam wipers, but with rubber-coated metal frames that make them more versatile and better able to resist the effects of weather.
What are the Signs it's Time to Replace Them?
- The rubber's cracking
- The frames are breaking or broken
- The blade adhesive is deteriorating
- The blades are streaking, squeaking, and/or chattering during use
Expect to see (and hear) these on the front and rear wiper blades alike, when they start going bad.
Why Buy Genuine OEM Wiper Blades?
Your brand designs them compatible with the model you drive specifically -- a promise that the aftermarket can't always make.
Where Can I Order Replacement Wiper Blades for My Subaru or Volkswagen?
Right here online, at our auto parts store. Just be sure to browse our catalog by make, model, and model year; it'll make finding the best fit quick and easy. Buy now, and we'll ship ASAP, straight to your address -- you'll have them installed on your vehicle in no time.
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