Wiper cowls are perhaps the most neglected parts of your car. You might not know it, but cowls are the panels that cover the gap between the hood and the windshield. These panels prevent harmful elements like debris and moisture from entering the engine bay and damaging the wiper motor and washer hoses.Since these elements can cause rust to form on your wiper system parts or cause them to wear out quickly, your stock cowls could get affected as well. To make sure that vital wiper system parts are very well protected, go for cowls that can provide adequate coverage. They offer more reliable protection since they completely cover the area between the windshield and the hood.This way, you're assured that no unwanted elements can ever get into your car's windshield wiper system. For a wide variety of high-quality wiper cowls, you can browse our catalogs at Carparts.
• Provide protection for the wiper system
• Help keep debris and moisture out of the engine bay
• Fit most car makes and models
Choosing the Perfect Wiper Cowl for the Perfect Ride
Get in your car and look at that space between your windshield and hood. Does it look hideous or just terribly out of character? If it does look so, it's probably time to buy your own wiper cowl. Wiper cowls are placed in the space between your car's hood and windshield. It can give your vehicle's front grille that sleek and sophisticated look you've always wanted. Aside from providing your exterior with a better appearance, the wiper cowl also protects the windshield from harsh materials. If you still have that gaping space on your windshield, you better buy a wiper cowl, and here's just the perfect guide to help you.
Custom Chopped Wiper Cowls
If you're more of a beauty-over-brains type of guy, you'd probably go for custom chopped wiper cowls. Custom chopped wiper cowls provide you with a direct fit plus a handsome look on your front grille. The only downside on this is that most custom made cowls are steeply priced and you'd have to add more if you want a more durable finish. In addition, custom chopped wiper cowls are customizable parts so you could personalize it to fit your car's appearance.
Polymer-based Wiper Cowls
If you want to buy wiper cowls for its durability and not for its appearance, then polymer-based wiper cowls are perfect for you. Wiper cowls made of tough polymer material effectively protects your car's wiper area and sufficiently hides that hideous space you long to cover. While standard polymer-based wiper cowls are not as customizable as custom chopped ones, it still has a decent look so don't you worry about its appearance. Another good thing about this kind of wiper cowl is that you won't need to pay for a mechanic just to install it. The wiper cowl set comes with its own tape, screws, and bolts making it easier to mount.
DIY Wiper Cowl Installation
Face it ? you hate that hideous space just below the windshield hinge ? the empty space that just doesn't fit your car's almost flawless exterior. That very space is why the wiper cowl was created. Aside from its aesthetic value, it also protects your wipers and windshield from harmful materials in the air. It provides you a sleek appearance for your car especially for custom chopped wiper cowls that have a direct fit based on the vehicle's specifications.? If you hate seeing that space every time you drive, it's probably time to cover that space with your own custom chopped wiper cowls.
Here are the tools you need and the steps you need to take to successfully install your brand new wiper cowls.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Tools you'll need:
- 15mm Socket
- Flat blade screwdriver
- Phillips screwdriver
- Drill motor
- Drill bit (1/9")
Step 1: Using your 15mm socket, remove the nuts holding the wiper arms in place. Once the nuts are loosened, remove the wiper arms.
Step 2: Open the car's hood. Disassemble the six push in fasteners (numbers may vary per car make and/or model) right at the forward edge of the wiper cowl and remove the hood altogether.
Step 3: Take a good hold on the attached wiper cowl and gently un-snap it from the retainers that secure it to its location. Apply rubber seal to both ends of the wiper cowl mounting location.
Step 4: Slip in the wiper cowl under the hood hinge just above the wiper studs. Attach the wiper cowls to the firewall with the same clips you unsnapped in step 3.
Step 5: Re-install the wiper hood back to the vehicle together with the carefully aligned wiper cowl. Once everything is aligned, drill 1/8" holes on five separate, equidistant points on the wiper cowl mounting part right through the firewall.
Step 6: Align the washer nozzle to the right place and screw in the wiper cowl using screws inserted on the 5 points as illustrated earlier.