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How do you find the right size of windshield wipers for your car?

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The most trustworthy way to find the right size wiper blade is to check your car's owner's manual. If you cannot find it there, take your car to a reputable auto parts store or mechanic and ask them to look it up for you.

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How do you find the right size of windshield wipers for your car?
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Private mechanics may charge for looking up the wiper blades, but most major auto parts stores are willing to do it for free. Some of them even offer free installation if you buy the wiper blades from them.

Some websites have online tools for finding your car's wiper blade size, but Consumer Reports has received complaints about the accuracy of some online calculators. You can use it as a starting point, but be sure to double check the sizes before placing your order.

You can also simply use a tape measure to measure the blade size yourself. Be sure to check the style and connection type as well. Many newer cars use beam-style blades and are not compatible with older bracket-style wipers. If you plan to order online, be sure you can manipulate the connectors yourself. Most cars use a hook-style connector that is fairly easy to use, but some older cars have unusual connectors that may be difficult to fasten or require specific tools. If your wiper blades look complicated, it may be best to have a technician install them for you.

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