Buying Recommendations for Your Wiper Arm Cover
A wiper arm cover is a customization accessory that protects your wiper arms from the harsh elements that could corrode or break them apart. By buying a wiper arm cover, you'll be able to extend the lifespan of your wiper, thus saving you money on repairs in the long haul. With that said, what makes for a good cover?
The Dos and Don'ts When Buying a Wiper Arm Cover
Here are some handy tips and recommendations you should keep in mind when buying a cover for your wiper arm.
- When buying a wiper arm cover, check what type of wiper it's meant to cover. There are front and rear windshield wiper covers available. You shouldn't mix them up since these wipers might have different specs, sizes, and configurations.
- Read the comments and user reviews to check the quality and durability of the cover in question. Avoid low-rated covers that don't even fit the vehicles they're supposed to fit.
- Remember that flimsy covers tend to be cheap and have negative reviews on them while strong covers are made of high-strength materials like automotive-grade ABS chrome.
- Acquire easy-to-install covers with pre-applied 3M tape that you can peel and stick unto the wiper arms for an instant custom style.
- Search for covers that have easy stick-on features. This way, you won't have to buy additional tools or use a drill to get that cover installed unto your wiper arm. The cover should be as easy to stick unto your wiper like a sheath to a sword.
- Find a windshield cover that complements your vehicle's style. For example, if your car is colored white, blue, or gray, then you should get a cover that's the same or contrasting color in accordance to your tastes.
- Buy a whole set of these covers since cars usually have two wipers on the front and one at the back in order to save money on buying individual covers for every single arm.
- Do your research and read up on cover recommendations on car forums and online communities in order to get a more honest (though anecdotal) opinion on these products.
- DON'T ever buy or settle for an ill-fitting wiper arm cover. There shouldn't be much leeway for a loose cover because when operating your wiper, it could fly off from the motion or it could even scratch your windshield because of its incompatible fit.
- DON'T purchase wiper arm covers that require drilling or special tools in order for it to be installed into your wiper arm. After all, you don't want to be stuck in your garage for hours-on-end just putting that cover on.
- DON'T forget to do price comparisons and warranty checks on all your prospective covers. Prices can range from as little as $17 to as much as $53 depending on the brand and grade of cover. Meanwhile, warranty can range from 90 days to a whole year as well as a lifetime warranty.
- DON'T be fooled by all the positive reviews you've read. There are some companies that hire users to make fake reviews on their products for astroturfing and online reputation management purposes. Take every review, good or bad, with a grain of salt.
The most important consideration when it comes to buying these covers according to user reviews is fitment. The most positive reviews for covers with the highest ratings come from people confirming that a particular cover is a perfect fit for their automobile.
How to Replace the Wiper Arm Cover
The wiper arm cover is a small plastic covering designed to shield the bolt connecting the wiper arm to the rest of the car. Over time, the constant exposure to sunlight and the elements will cause the wiper arm cover to deteriorate and crack. So if you start to notice signs of wear on the wiper arm covers, be sure to have them replaced immediately to keep the bolts and the wiper arm from rusting. Luckily, replacing the wiper arm cover is relatively easy. It can be done with the use of simple tools and a couple of minutes of your time.
Difficulty level: Easy
How you will replace the snap on cover of your car's windshield wiper depends on the kind of wiper ? and wiper cover ? you have:
- If the wiper arm cover snaps on to the bottom of the wiper arm, you can simply pop this off with a flat-head screwdriver. Look for a point near the joint of the wiper arm where there is a hole where you can use as leverage to pop the cover off from the arm.
- If the wiper arm cover is the
flip open type, you simply flip the cover open with the screwdriver or a small pry bar
- If the cover consists of just a simple round plastic cap, you can get this out by placing the tip of screwdriver over the edge and prying it out.
- Once the old wiper arm cover has been removed, take the replacement cover and put on the wiper arm. The cover should easily snap into place.
- Make sure that the replacement wiper arm cover is similar to the old one. Wiper arm covers are specifically manufactured to fit certain wiper arms.
- Take the key out of the ignition before you start replacing the wiper arm cover. The last thing you want to have is the wipers activating while you work.