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How to Change Windshield Wipers

Keeping your car safe is key, especially when driving through heavy snow and rain. While your tires and steering should be up to par, it's very crucial to always have functioning windshield wipers. There are different signs for when to change wipers, but it's important to replace them as soon as possible. Here is how to change windshield wipers on most vehicles.

Learn more about when to change wiper blades

 

What you'll need:

  • New windshield wipers. Check your vehicle's manual for the proper size of the wiper blades.
  • Tape measure. If the owner's manual doesn't list sizes, measure each windshield wiper.
  • Flathead screwdriver. Use this to unhook wiper blades that use pins.

 


Step 1: Check your old wipers.

Your owner's manual should list sizes, but if it doesn't, use a tape measure to measure each wiper blade. Some cars have one blade that is larger. Make sure to replace each blade with its correct size.

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Step 2: Lift your wiper blades.

Place the windshield wipers into the service position, bringing the blades upright. Raise each wiper blade's arm away from the windshield.

 

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Step 3: Undo each old windshield wiper.

Find the small tab that holds the blade to the wiper's arm. Press on the tab and slide the wiper blade off away from the windshield. If the wiper has a pin instead, use a flathead screwdriver to lift out the pins before sliding off the blade.

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Step 4: Put on the new wiper blades.

Slide the new blades into the same position of the old windshield wipers. You should hear a snapping sound once they're in place over the tab. If your wipers are held together with pins, pop each pin back in.

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