Many parts contribute to your Ford Focus’ safety and handling. But windshield wiper blades are an often overlooked part of the equation. When they don’t work properly, you lose consistent visibility – and that can be hazardous on icy or flooded roads. Fortunately, wiper blade selection and upkeep are fairly simple. Keep reading for some quick types on buying and changing out your Ford Focus wiper blades.
How New Wiper Blades Improve Visibility
Depending on your climate, operating habits and the type of blades you buy, you can expect them to last between six and 12 months. When they wear out, you’ll notice some typical symptoms:
How To Change Your Wiper Blades
Wiper blade shopping is pretty easy – you just need to know the size and style you want. You need two different sizes of 2015 Ford Focus wiper blades. Purchase 28-inch blades for both front windshield wipers and a 12-inch blade for the rear wiper. Once you have your new blades, you can replace your old ones in under five minutes. If you want to save some time, unpack the new ones first and lift each wiper arm until it’s standing up by itself. Then you’ll just need to follow some easy steps:
Styles of Wiper Blades
When you buy blades for your windshield wipers, you can choose from three different types: conventional, beam and hybrid. Conventional blades use a metal frame with pivot points attached to a rubber squeegee. Beam blades contain solid pieces of rubber curved to match the arc of your vehicle’s windshield. Hybrid blades have an aerodynamic curved rubber shell affixed to a metal frame with pivot points.
So, which type should you purchase? Beam blades deliver exceptional performance in snow and rain – plus there’s no metal frame to clog with ice or snow. Hybrid blades are also dependable, but they’re less expensive than beam blades thanks to their metal frames. Conventional blades are inexpensive and have the simplest construction but may wear out more quickly with frequent use. Select the blades that best meet your needs – and count on your favorite parts dealer for sound advice and service.