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How to Change Windshield Wipers

When the rain comes, and your wiper blades do little more than streak water across the windshield, it's probably time to consider replacing the windshield wipers. It's not a difficult process, but if you've never done it before, this simple windshield wiper replacement guide can help. Here's how:

  1. Buy new windshield wiper blades – Windshield wipers aren't a one-size-fits-all product. If you're not sure which blades fit your vehicle, ask the auto parts shop employee. They'll be able to provide a few options, and describe the benefits of each wiper blade variety. Most auto parts shops also have a folder that lists the specific wipers that fit each vehicle make and model so you can use that resource as well.
  2. Remove the old windshield wiper blades – Pull the windshield wiper arm up and away from the car, as if you're cleaning the ice and snow from underneath in the winter; they should stay upright. Turn the wiper blade so that it is perpendicular to the wiper arm. The two should form a "T". Most wiper blades come with a tab near the hinge, which releases the blade from the arm. Pull the tab out, then slide the blade off the arm. If the tab isn't present or is broken, use a key or small tool to pop out the piece of tab still attached to the blade.
  3. Install the new windshield wiper blades – Insert the windshield wiper arm into the proper hole, as described on the blade's packaging, until the arm hook pushes the rubber away from the blade. Then simply snap the hook onto the blade, rock the blade on the hinge to verify that it’s properly connected, and place the wipers back down on your windshield.

If you're still unsure of how to change windshield wipers, the auto parts store employees may be available to attach them for you. For more tips on basic car maintenance, check out our Car Maintenance 101 page.

The provided information and safety suggestions were obtained from sources believed to be reliable and is intended for informational purposes only. Titan and its affiliates assume no liability in connection with providing it or your use of it. Your circumstances may not warrant or require some or all of the safety suggestions, and there may be additional available safety procedures that are not referenced on this webpage.

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