Learn How to Remove Windshield Wipers With This Easy Process

Don't know how to change the wiper blades in your car? Learn how to easily remove and replace your windshield wiper blades following this step-by-step process.

You’re behind the wheel on a rainy day, when visibility is crucial, and you really can’t see anything because your wipers, well, they’re not performing at their best.

It’s happened to most drivers, yet it’s common to avoid replacing windshield wipers until they’re completely worn out or cracked. It’s recommended to replace your blades every six to twelve months, especially if you park your vehicle outside or you live in a desert or dusty area. But, for many, it may seem an intimidating task to have to do it on their own.

Do not fear, in this article, we will show you a step-by-step process so you can learn how to remove windshield wipers and replace them with new ones on your own.

1. Inspect your windshield wipers

The best way to find out whether it’s time to replace your blades is by running a quick inspection. If they’re cracked, worn or torn, you need to replace them. Winter months can be especially harsh on windshield wipers, and since conditions may vary from vehicle to vehicle it’s also advisable to review the user’s manual.

2. Measure your blades

Before you purchase a new set of windshield wiper refills, be sure to measure the old one so that when you go to the auto parts store you know exactly which you should get. Measure the ones you’re purchasing as well to ensure you’re buying the right set of blades. Don’t assume that both windshield wipers are the same size; one of them is usually an inch or two longer.

3. Raise the windshield wiper and position it correctly

Be careful when raising the wiper as it may snap back and crack the windshield. Place it in an upright position, at a 90-degree angle. Once positioned this way, you’ll most likely hear a “snap” as it locks.

4. Remove the blades

Once the wipers are positioned horizontally, it’s time to replace the blades by removing them. While each vehicle is different, generally speaking, wipers have a tab where these two components attach. Detach them and gently grab the blade and pull it until you have taken it off completely.

5. Install new blades

After removing the blade, all you have left is a piece of metal. This could be a good opportunity to carefully clean it with a cloth before replacing the blades. Depending on the attaching mechanism of your vehicle, the process that follows will be one or the other, but generally speaking with the new blade pointing toward the windshield, slide the new blade to the connector into the hook and give it a pull until you hear it “snap” again.

6. Lower the arm

Your final step is to carefully lower the arm and place the windshield wiper blade in its right position. Repeat the same process with the other blade.

7. Test the wiper blades

Don’t wait for the next downpour to see whether you installed your blades correctly. Test them as soon as you’re done installing the wiper blades.

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