How to Change Wiper Blades on a Hyundai Elantra

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How to Change Wiper Blades on a Hyundai Elantra

Windshield wipers are crucial to visibility during inclement weather, and regularly changing them can eliminate streaking, skipping, and other problems that cause an obstructed view. Wipers should be checked every six months and changed a minimum of once per year. The wiper blades on the Hyundai Elantra are easily changed and do not require any special tools or skills.

 

Checking the Wiper Blades

Drivers can check their wiper blades by pulling the wiper arm out and up and away from the windshield so it’s standing vertically away from the windshield. A blade with rubber rot will be evident when the wiper blade is flexed slightly with a finger. Blades with signs of cracking, pitting, separation, or other damage should be replaced. Common causes of wiper damage include ultraviolet light from the sun, summer heat, oil from car exhaust and waxes, and airborne debris. Freezing temperatures, salt, and chemicals used to melt road ice in cold climates also cause blade deterioration.

 

Purchase New Wiper Blades

Drivers should consider stocking up on new blades before they’re needed so they have them on hand before removing old, worn out pairs. They can use the following chart to determine which blades to purchase for any Hyundai Elantra.

 

Year

Driver’s Side

Passenger’s Side

2011-2014

28"

14"

2007-2010

24"

18"

2000-2006

20"

18"

1990-1994

20"

19"

 

In addition to size, wiper blades come in a variety of styles. Frame style wipers are the most common, with a rubber blade held on a metal framework. Beam-style wiper blades have no framework and are a single piece of rubber formed around a spring steel band. This lets the wipers conform to the curve of the windshield. While more expensive than frame wipers, beam-style wipers are touted to last longer. Winter wipers encase the wiper blade in a protective shell, keeping it free from snow and ice. Novelty blades can also be purchased in a wide range of styles and colours.

 

Installing New Wiper Blades

  1. Drivers should pull the wiper arm up and away from the windshield so that the arm is standing vertically. A towel placed across the windshield will help prevent damage should the arm drop back into place before the new wiper is attached.
  2. Disconnecting the old blade from the wiper arm is easy. A small clip where the wiper blade meets the arm releases the blade when pushed. The wiper blade can be slid down the wiper arm toward the car until the hook at the end slides free of the blade.
  3. To attach the new rubber blade, the driver should hold the wiper so the hook is pointed toward the attachment area of the wiper blade. When positioned over the attachment, the hook can be slid onto the blade attachment . A click ensures that the new wiper blade is locked into place.
  4. Repeat the process on the opposite side of the Hyundai Elantra.

 

Maintaining the Blades

Drivers can get the most mileage out of wiper blades through regular maintenance. Regularly wash the windshield to remove dirt and grit that can cause premature wear to the rubber blades. A damp paper towel can be used on the blades to wipe away dirt and oil. In winter weather, windshield wipers should not be used to remove ice from the windshield. Instead, drivers should turn on the car’s defroster and scrape the windshield with an ice scraper.

 

Inspect Wipers Regularly

Checking windshield wiper blades should be part of a car’s regular maintenance schedule. In addition to checking the wipers for signs of wear, drivers should check for metal corrosion on the frame, joints, and claws. Wiper frames should be securely attached to the arm and components should all be in working order.

 

Keep Spare Wiper Blades

While wiper blades should be replaced every 12 months at minimum, regular use, a harsh climate, and other factors can make them wear out more quickly. A second set of wipers kept tucked away in the boot makes quick changes on the road easy when wipers start to deteriorate.

 

How to Buy Wiper Blades on eBay

After determining the correct size of wiper blades needed for the Hyundai Elantra, shoppers can head to the Vehicle Parts & Accessories category from eBay’s main page. Then to Car, Truck Parts, Exterior Parts, and then Windshield Wipers. A part selector can help shoppers find compatible wipers for their Elantras.

 

Conclusion

Changing wiper blades on a Hyundai Elantra is as easy as pressing a button. Drivers should stock up on extra windshield wipers on eBay to save money and ensure they’re always prepared.

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