How to Change the Wiper Blades on Your Car
Wiper blades are made of rubber, so they naturally wear out after several months of wiping snow, rain and dust from your windshield. You could take your car to the mechanic to have them changed, but it's just as easy to change them yourself. The fitting process is identical for the vast majority of cars on the road.
Getting Ready to Change Wiper Blades
Know what part of the blade to change.Windshield wipers are made with three basic parts: the lower wiper arm that extends from the base of the windshield, the metal or plastic blade attached to the lower arm, and the rubber blade that actually wipes the windshield. When your windshield wiper blades are changed, you're really only changing the rubber blades that get worn down by water and inclement weather.
Measure the size blade you need and buy replacement blades.To find out what size replacement blades you need, measure the old rubber blades using a ruler or measuring tape. Write down the exact measurements, then go to an auto parts store and buy rubber blades in those exact sizes.
- Don't assume that the left and right wiper take the same size blade. One side is often an inch or two shorter than the other.
- Wiper blades usually run about .00 a piece. You'll save the cost of labor by installing them yourself.
Installing New Wiper Blades
Raise the metal wiper arm away from the windshield.It should be able to hold steady in a position perpendicular to the windshield. Be careful with the positioning; the metal wiper arm is spring-loaded, and it could snap back and crack your windshield.
Unhook the old wiper blade.Look at the joint where the rubber wiper blade meets the metal arm. There should be a small plastic stopper holding the blade in place. Press the stopper and unhook the old wiper blade to separate it from the metal arm.
- Some wiper blades have pins to hold the rubber wiper blade in place, rather than a hook.
- Make sure one hand is holding the wiper away from the windshield during this entire process.
- You may want to protect your windshield with a folded towel, just in case you the arm snaps back while you're trying to change the wiper.
Insert the new wiper.Slide the refill wiper into the same end of the arm where you pulled the old wiper out. Gently pivot the new wiper until the hook snaps into place to secure it. Lay the wiper back against the windshield.
Repeat with the second wiper.The procedure is exactly the same for replacing the second wiper. Just make sure you use the correct size for each side.
Knowing When to Change Wipers
Examine the wipers for cracks.Old windshield wipers become hard and cracked over time, especially in hot, dry climates. If your wiper seems to have lost it's rubbery spring, it's probably time to replace it.
Pay attention next time it rains.If your wipers leave streaks of water across your windshield that aren't much easier to see through than pounding rain, their rubber has probably lost its grip.
QuestionHow do I change wiper blades on a Peugeot 107?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe process is the same. Just be cautious, so you don't break the blades.Thanks!
QuestionIs it a good idea to change only the rubber part of a wiper?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt's much easier to change the wiper than just the blade itself. Depending on where you purchase the blades, some places like advance auto or auto zone will install them for you.Thanks!
QuestionCan the small J hooks on the arm of the wipers get broken because of the way I'm driving my car?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerUnless you're driving through rocks, your driving shouldn't have any effect on the J-hooks.Thanks!
QuestionAre the rear windows different from the front ones?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThere is no difference between front and rear wiper blades, however, the rear one may be a shorter size than the front. Refer to your vehicle's manual or reference books provided at stores wipers can be purchased at.Thanks!
QuestionHow do you replace the wipers on a 1995 Trailblazer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe make and model of your car doesn't really matter. If you have a service manual for it, it should cover how to change wiper blades and anything else you need. If you do not have one, they can be found online and at some parts stores.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I adjust the mirrors in the right position for driving? Is there a correct position?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou should see only a tiny portion, if any, of the side of your car when your mirrors are adjusted right. Move the mirror out until you can only see road or a tiny bit of the back of the car. For the passenger mirror, your head should be just above the center console, and you should set it the exact same way as the driver side mirror. Your rear mirror should be positioned so that you can see all of the back windshield.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I find more information about changing the blades on my car?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can check the owner's manual that came with your car for specific size requirements and information regarding the steps for changing the blades.Thanks!
QuestionDoes the clear plastic over the blade come off?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. It's for protecting the rubber blade while the wiper was still unused. Do remove it or it may scratch your windscreen.Thanks!
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To change the wiper blades on your car, start by raising one of the metal wiper arms away from the windshield. Unhook the old wiper blade by pressing the small plastic stopper that holds the blade in place, then separate it from the metal arm. Slide the replacement wiper into the same end where you pulled the old wiper out, then pivot the new wiper until the hook snaps into place. Lay the wiper back against the windshield gently and repeat the same actions to replace the second wiper.
- Consult your car's user manual for more information about what type of replacement wipers to buy.
- After taking the old wiper blade off don't let the arm fall to the windshield, this will cause damage to it.
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