Why Is One Wiper Blade Longer Than the Other?

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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Adam

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Adam
17 years of experience
Ford F-250 Super Duty V8-6.7L Turbo Diesel - Windshield Wiper Blade - Lake Worth, Florida
Adam was extremely professional. Identified the problems quickly and addressed them. I would not hesitate to reccomend him. I plan on having him work on my vehicles from now on.
Hyundai Accent - Windshield Wiper Blade - Delray Beach, Florida
Adam was professional, very efficient and knowledgeable about car repairs. He completed his work in record time, and was non-intrusive, patiently answering all my questions. I would not hesitate to recommend him as a worthy auto mechanic. Thank you, Adam!

Tabitha

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Tabitha
17 years of experience
Toyota Corolla L4-1.8L - Windshield Wiper Blade - San Diego, California
I scheduled an appointment with Tabitha for oil/filter, tire rotation, and wiper blade replacement. The estimated completion time was 1.5 hours and Tabitha was able to get the work done in half the time. My car started making noises after she left and she came back the next morning and fixed the issue. She is very knowledgeable about what she does and goes out of her way to make sure your car runs as it should. Thanks Tabitha!

Greg

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Greg
22 years of experience
Ford E-150 Econoline V8-5.8L - Windshield Wiper Blade Replacement - Mesa, Arizona
Experience was great except I did not request Wiper Blades. I have worked with Greg does fine. I just want to know who Benji is and why he ordered me a set of $185.00 wiper blades. Beji also charged $119.00 to sell me the Blades plus $185 for blades.Very Confusing transaction and who is Benji?I just need to find out what is killing the Battery after it sits a couple of days. If it is the battery then it has a warranty and I can get a new one.I thought by dis-connecting the Alarm would solve the problem but I guess not.Benji is on your list of Mechanics who are expert in Electrical according to your Customer Service.Maybe they can explain how he got involved. as I have no clue as to what happened and I need my Battery fixed.I picked Greg to begin with as you have good references.

Jay

23 years of experience
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Jay
23 years of experience
Ford Escape L4-2.5L - Windshield Wiper Blade - Schaumburg, Illinois
Used Jay a few times now, and every time he does a great job. Not only does he do great work, but he provides the services you need, not what will make him the most money.

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