Weather and road debris buffet the windshield of your Lexus vehicle on the daily. When muck accumulates, it can get much more difficult to see the road, not to mention your surroundings. Luckily, your ride's got a good set of windshield wiper blades snapped onto the end of each of its wiper arms to clear it all away. There's a lot to them, though. Here's the rundown.
Wiper Blades 101
How Many and What Kinds There are
There are three, for most Lexus models: conventional, beam, and hybrid. Each of them uses one of three types of connectors, too -- either a hook, a clamp, or a pin.
Conventional wiper blades are those that most vehicles have, and that you likely see on the road every day. They're the commonest, and you replace them biannually -- that is, every six months. They're made of either rubber or silicone over metal frames, and they provide relative durability in milder weather and more temperate climates.
Beam wiper blades generally last longer than the conventional kind. This is because they're made of solid rubber, versus rubber and metal. As such, they're also designed to conform to a windshield's contours much more closely.
Hybrid wiper blades work a lot like beam wipers. However, in contrast, their metal frames are also rubber-coated, which makes them not only more versatile but also better able to resist the effects of bad weather.
The Differences Between Connectors
Hook connectors are U-shaped. They wrap and rotate around the rounded ends of the wiper arms.
Clamp connectors are openings wiper arms get inserted into. They fasten on the sides to keep blades in place.
Pin connectors are horizontal holes. The pins on wiper arms go through them to hold the blades in place.
When to Replace Wiper Blades
Unfortunately, none are permanent -- neither front nor rear wiper blades. Age and use just wear them out eventually. There are signs that'll tell you it's time. Look for:
- The rubber cracking
- The blades leaving streaks while running
- The blades making squeaking or chattering noises as they move
- Frame breakage
- Blade detachment (usually because of failing adhesive)
How to Install New Ones
Not all wiper blades are the same. Be sure to follow manufacturer instructions for more specific details on what to do. Generally, though, the process for changing them is easy, and it's as follows.
- Pull the wiper arms away from the windshield, into standing positions; move them only as far as they allow.
- Set the wiper blades perpendicular to the arms.
- Push or pull the blades' tabs to release the blades.
- Take the blades off their connectors.
- Gently replace the wiper arms against the windshield. You may choose to protect the windshield by putting a soft material between it and the arms.
- Adjust the hinge on the replacement wiper blades accordingly for installation. Be sure to match each blade to the correct side of the windshield, if applicable -- right and left.
- Lift up the wiper arms once more. Line up the new wiper blades with them so that their connectors can attach properly.
- Attach the new wiper blades and adjust the wiper arm angle accordingly.
- Turn your key in the ignition lock cylinder and activate the windshield washer system, spraying washer fluid on your windshield.
- Run the wipers to test that they're working properly. You may choose to clean the wiper blades if they leave streaks, and if they continue to do so after cleaning, you may need to check that they were installed properly and make any necessary fixes. If all else fails, consult a Lexus service technician for advice and/or installation.
So, the question remains: which of these wiper blades does your Lexus model need, then? The answer's simple, regardless of type. Choose the genuine article.
Why Buy Genuine OEM vs. Aftermarket?
Lexus designs and builds its wiper blades compatible with the car or SUV you love to drive specifically. That kind of fitment assurance, you may not get from aftermarket options.
Where to Order Genuine Lexus Wiper Blades Online
You'll find plenty to choose from, plus many other popular Lexus parts, in our auto parts catalog. Better yet, our prices are affordable. For example, the average cost of wiper blades can range from around $10 or $15 to almost $50 (even more for a luxury vehicle like yours). That's excluding any applicable taxes and other fees. It's also independent of labor costs, should you choose to have the blades professionally installed (which can run around $50 total at least, including parts). Our offerings, however, are often priced well below MSRP.
To find what'll fit your model more quickly, select it, along with its model year. Buy today, and we'll ship fast, anywhere in the US. Most in-stock orders leave our warehouse in anywhere from 24 hours to 2-3 business days minimum, and delivery can even be at your door before you know it, should you choose overnight shipping. Plus, returning something or canceling your order before it ships is hassle-free; just contact us to get the process started, and be sure to consult our store shipping, returns, and cancellations policies for complete details on these subjects.
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