Why Is One Wiper Blade Longer Than the Other?

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Your windshield wipers are responsible for cleaning a viewable area on your windshield. They swipe back and forth to remove rain, snow, ice, dirt, and other debris. Their primary purpose is to ensure that the driver is able to see as much of the road and surrounding traffic as possible.

Clear visibility is accomplished by offsetting the wiper blade pivots. When you look at your windshield, your windshield wiper pivots are not centered on the glass. They are both set further left, with the passenger side wiper being close to the middle of the windshield. When the wipers are engaged, they swipe upward, then stop and reverse when they reach a position just past vertical. The driver’s side wiper blade is just long enough that it doesn’t contact the top windshield molding or edge of the glass. The passenger side wiper blade gets as close to the passenger side of the windshield glass as possible to clear the most area.

In order to achieve the maximum space cleared, wiper blades are typically two different sizes depending on exactly where the wiper pivots are positioned. In some designs, the driver’s side is the longer blade and the passenger side is the shorter blade, and in other designs, it is reversed.

If you replace your wiper blades, make sure to use the same size as indicated by your car manufacturer to get the best viewing area for the driver.


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Honorio

18 years of experience
782 reviews
Honorio
18 years of experience
Mazda CX-5 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Mountain View, California
He was very good at doing everything I signed up for. Helped also helped me identify an issue with my car.
Mazda 2 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Stanford, California
Very efficient - gave great advice on how to take care of car. Advised if parts/repairs are not needed. Great experience.

Robert

19 years of experience
654 reviews
Robert
19 years of experience
Jeep Wrangler - Windshield Wiper Blade - Denver, Colorado
Very knowledgeable as the other mechanic that came to my rescue. No Mechanical Jibberish that I can't understand.

Keith

17 years of experience
301 reviews
Keith
17 years of experience
Hyundai Entourage - Windshield Wiper Blade - Loughman, Florida
This is the second time I have had Keith work on my vehicle and I will have him back again. Very courteous and knowledgeable. Appreciate the fact I have found a mechanic I feel can be trusted and will request him again when the vehicle needs something. Thank you for having a great employee like Keith.

David

9 years of experience
117 reviews
David
9 years of experience
Mazda 2 - Windshield Wiper Blade - Winter Springs, Florida
excellent service . extremely happy with services. on time and communicated and explained needs for repair very clearly.

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