Have you started dreading a light downpour? Have streaks, smears, and reduced visibility become a problem of late?

 

Stop avoiding it. It’s time to change your worn wiper blades.

 

Don’t fret, you don’t have to go back to the dealer or pay an arm or a leg to have someone do it for you, changing your wiper blades is one of the simplest automotive maintenance jobs.

 

 

What you’ll need to change your wiper blades

 

 

Now that you’ve got all the tools you’ll need to change your wiper blades, let’s have a look at the process.

 

 

How to Replace Wiper Blades

 

  1. Lift the wiper arm away from the windscreen. Note that in some European cars you will need to keep the key turned in the ignition to release the wiper blades from the ‘hold position’.
  2. Push down on the small tab on the underside of the wiper blade where the wiper meets the wiper blade arm (the metal part of the assembly).
  3. Remove your worn wiper blade
  4. Insert the new wiper blade into the existing wiper assembly claws. Lock the metal retaining clip at the end of the claw and ensure the new blade is sitting securely in place.
  5. Cut any excess rubber from the end of the wiper claw.
  6. Lower the wiper blade back to its resting position- job done!

 

 

Hints for Changing your Wiper Blades

 

  • Always test your wiper blades once you have replaced them. The middle of a downpour on a congested road is not the time that you want to find out that you haven’t changed your wiper blades correctly.
  • Be sure to check your wiper fluid level. Many people don’t realise that adding some Windex or other brands of conventional glass cleaner to your windscreen fluid reservoir can harm the reservoir and your paintwork when it inevitably meets it. We recommend Bosch Windscreen Washer Fluid.
  • There is no set period for how long your wiper blades should last. We recommend checking them regularly for signs of wear. They are one of the cheapest, yet more important safety components in your car.

 

 

Check out our Bosch Wiper Blade Fitment Video

 

Australia’s love affair with cars knows no bounds. The latest census on car ownership from the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals a record number of new cars are being sold and suggests that even in the face of record low wages growth, Australian’s are still willing to splurge when it comes to buying a new car.

 

But what happens when the novelty of a new car wears off? A survey of 700 Australians by Sparesbox, found that while we rely on our cars, we don’t all love looking after them.

 

The car is a big part of every Australian’s work day, with more than 2/3 of Australians driving to work, averaging more than 12,000kms on the road in a year. However, most of us pay limited attention to looking after our cars. Most Australians wash their cars less than once a month, 8% of us claim that we never wash our cars and only 24% of people know how to change an oil filter.

 

car care

 

The survey selected 700 Australians at random and asked them a range of questions about how they use their cars, and what they know about maintaining them.

 

Across the country, South Australian’s have the cleanest cars, on average washing them at least once a month, with ACT and Tasmania having the dirtiest cars.

 

The dirtiest car owners drove utes and trucks, washing their cars on average once every three months. While the cleanest car owners drove 4x4s, washing their cars on average once every week or more.

 

The survey also asked how Australians maintain their cars and their understanding of basic car maintenance. On average, 53% of the population claim to be able to change a tyre, while only 24% claim to be able to change an oil filter.

 

Leon Saliba, founder and CEO of Sparesbox said “There is a group of commuters that see their cars as workhorses without giving them much needed care. If they wash their cars, it is less than once a month, and they don’t know much about regular oil and filter changes. However, regular maintenance of a vehicle can improve fuel efficiencies on average by 2%, and can improve the life of your engine”

 

31% of Australians rated their car knowledge as very low, with 45 – 54 year olds the least likely to know how to maintain a car, or change a tyre, and over 65s most likely to know.

 

The survey also found that the top two issues people have with traditional mechanics are price and transparency of service.

 

Leon said, “consumers are told we have to take new cars to the authorised dealer for everything, even though that isn’t the case. New car manufacturers and authorised dealers generally squeeze a massive 64% profit margin on servicing so they have every incentive to limit competition from independent mechanics and information from consumers. The ACCC is currently looking at how consumers are treated on this issue, as complaints about new car manufacturers have risen to more than 10,000 over the past two years”,

 

“New cars are now effectively computers on wheels. Car manufacturers generally own and control the technical information required to repair and service new cars, but now they’re required to share and disclose all info to independent mechanics.”

 

Leon continued, “In relation to general servicing, motor vehicle dealers are entitled to insist that any servicing performed on cars they sell is carried out by qualified staff, according to the manufacturers’ specifications, and using genuine or appropriate quality parts where required. Provided these conditions are met, regardless of where you choose to get your car serviced, your warranty will remain intact. So, shop smart and shop around.”

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Performance is at the heart of everything that Motul do. Since their first escapade into Motorsport in the 1950s, racing has been Motul’s prime creative and innovative laboratory.

 

Over the years, Motul have developed a strong relationship with some of the worlds leading automotive innovators and has been a dedicated technical partner and reliable Original Equipment Manufacturer to Honda HRC, Suzuki, Aprilla, MV Agusta, Nissan Nismo, and Subaru, as well as high performance engineering companies such as Brabus and APR Tuning.

 

From standard passenger cars, to the classics of the 50s, 60s and 70s, and the highest performance modern engines coming out of Europe, all Motul products have benefitted from a proud history of research and testing in some of the world’s harshest arenas. As we launch the Motul Racewars Free Gift Promotion, we thought it was an opportune time to pay homage to Motul’s racing legacy and the products that makes Motul so good.

 

Nismo

 

Motul le mans

 

Like Motul, Nismo is synonymous with uncompromising performance and passion in everything that they do. The famed in-house tuning division of Nissan has been collaborating with Motul in the development of OE-level and race-spec oil for their fines performance cars. Namely, Motul have worked with Nismo to develop oil for the Nissan R35 GT-R, as well as the car that disrupted the supercar hierarchy and redefined performance in the 1990s- the Nismo Edition Skyline GT-R.

 

Le Mans

 

le mans motul

 

One of the longest running staples on the Motorsport calendar, Le Mans has long been the proving ground for performance racing oil. Motul have become a trusted name by many Le Mans series competitors throughout both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series.

The most notable of these teams, aside from the aforementioned Nissan Racing team, is Hong Kong’s KCMG, who were assisted by Motul in guiding their Oreca 05 into the LMP2 class win (and 9th overall) at both this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and 6 Hours of the Nurburgring.

 

Motorcycle Racing

 

motul moto

 

In Australia, Motul are one of the oldest and most respected names in motorcycle oils and lubricants, and for good reason. Just as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, you can be sure that most specialist motorcycle workshops will have a Motul sign, and that’s because Motul have developed their motorcycle oil to a point where it’s recognised as an industry pioneer by MotoGP, World Superbikes, the Isle of Man TT, Supercross and Trial Biking teams around the world.

 

Rally Motorsport

 

motul rally

 

Perhaps the most brutal and extreme testing ground for performance, motorsport-grade oil, Motul’s association with the Paris Dakar Rally means that you can be sure that Motul Oil is designed to operate in the most extreme conditions, across the highest range of temperatures and RPM.

 

Motul have earned a name as a trusted partner for many teams throughout the World Rally Championship and the new, booming World RallyCross Championship. Some of the world’s most demanding Rally Raid teams have also demanded the kind of quality that Motul provides, in arenas such as the Paris-Dakar where there is no room for mechanical error.

 

 

So, what are some of the products that make Motul so good?

 

 

Motul 300V

 

motul 300v

 

Motul 300V has been developed in conjunction with some of the world’s leading race teams over a variety of disciplines. As a result of extreme testing and uncompromising research and development, the Motul 300V is considered by many to provide the very best in protection for engines that are pushed to the absolute limit in terms of revs, temperature and conditions. Guaranteed to deliver the best in engine response, power delivery and unbreakable protection, Motul 300V is ideally suited to high-performance and modified engines.

 

 

Motul 8100

 

motul oil 8100

 

Looking for amazing oil for your modern passenger car? Checkout the Motul 8100 range! Motul’s 8100 range is the ultimate 100% synthetic solution to care for modern engines that require the finest to perform at their best. The 8100 range stretches across a huge range of viscosity and grades, with every variant in the range designed specifically to cater for the types of engines most likely to use it.

 

To suit a wide range of Euro Emissions Regulations, as well as the stringent OE Requirements of some of the world’s most particular car manufacturers, choose Motul 8100. 8100 is also highly recommended for newer engines that are still under their warranty

 

Motul H-Tech 100

 

motul oil h-tech

 

Motul H-Tech 100 is a 100% synthetic oil that is ideally suited to general purpose application in a wide variety of engines. Engineered to uphold the highest standards of oil quality and protection, Motul H-Tech 100 is the recommended range by a large variety of Japanese, Korean and American vehicle manufacturers.

 

All Motul H-Tech oils meet stringent API Standards where relevant, and like the 8100 range are catered specifically for certain vehicle and engine types, ensuring your engine gets the most tailored protection possible.

 

Motul Technosynthese

 

motul oil technosynthese

 

Technosynthese refers to all of Motul’s products that feature a synthetic blend in order to enhance the mineral oils that it’s blended with. The Motul Technosynthese range of oils offer a great budget-oriented selection of oils to suit a wide variety of passenger cars. Technosynthese oils like the Motul Multipower range is also great for use in modern and large displacement engines, while the 6100 line offers exceptional protection for modern, high-performance engines.

 

Where to Buy & How to Choose Motul Oil

 

Need help choosing the right Motul oil? Check out the Motul oil selector HERE

 

Already know which Motul oil you need? Shop the Sparesbox Motul oil range HERE

 

 

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There’s a large debate about the type of petrol the vast majority of unleaded cars should run on. Many mechanics will tell you that 95 octane should be your go-to, particularly if you’re running an older car. For most newer cars, 91 (or E10) is generally the choice for most people. This is fine, but be aware that it has hydroscopic qualities, meaning it has a greater potential of introducing water and contaminants in the engine. It’s always good to run a higher octane fuel, as they generally help keep your engine cleaner and more efficient.

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