Wiper duty

Changing windshield wiper blades a simple car maintenance task

Posted on Apr 01 2019 in DIY

For some, the prospect of performing any type of car maintenance is daunting. However, doing some simple DIY projects on your vehicle can save you money. One such task you can easily tackle is replacing your windshield wiper blades. 

Why is it important to replace your wiper blades?

Wiper blades are exposed to dust, dirt and debris, all of which contribute to the blades’ wear and tear. Driving with worn wiper blades can be dangerous, and they should be replaced as soon as you notice hindered visibility. Cars.com
recommends that you replace your blades each spring and fall.

Follow these steps to replace your windshield wiper blades:

1. Identify the size and type of the wiper blade you will be replacing.

Your vehicle’s owner’s manual will identify which type you have, and some even have step-by-step replacement instructions specific to your vehicle. On some wiper blades, you can replace the rubber squeegee part with a new wiper blade insert, while others require that you replace the whole blade.

2. Identify the unlatching mechanism for the blade.

Manufacturers have various hook designs. In some, you can simply pinch and pull to remove the blade. In others, you need to push a button or pull a latch to unhook.

3. Unlatch the defective wiper blade.

Some jiggling might be required. Wrap the bare arm or hook in a towel to prevent damage to your windshield if the wipers turn on or the arm smacks the windshield.

4. Some replacement blades come with a rubber optimizer pad.

Use this optimizer to clean the wipers before installing them. The optimizer solution helps remove debris, grease, oil, etc., from the rubber.

5. Remove the plastic protector from the rubber side of the wiper blade.

6. Latch the new wiper blades (reversing what you did to take the old ones off).

Source: cars.com