Okay I’ll be honest, there are some things I don’t like to do when it comes to vehicle repair and/or replacement, and before I finally managed to get the hang of it, replacing windshield wipers was one of those things. Why? Well for starters, the whole process intimated me because I just didn’t know how to do it, and least of all do it correctly. Get this when it would rain on the road, I’d go into full tilt panic mode behind the wheel because I knew my wipers were crappy. Since most of my vehicle repairs are DIY, I couldn’t remember the last time any of my vehicles had been in the shop, except for a new transmission on one of the trucks we had years ago. So, long story short, I finally managed to learn how to do it and do it correctly and you can, too.
1) Lift up the windshield wiper from the windshield.
2) Notice the small clip which holds the wiper blade onto the arm and push it, using the screwdriver if necessary. This releases the wiper blade from the wiper arm.
3) Remove the blade.
4) Rest the wiper arm back on the windshield carefully. Remember the wiper arm is spring loaded, so don’t let go of the wiper arm while the blade is not installed or it could pull back and crack the windshield.
5) Remove the new blade from the packaging.
6) Lift the wiper arm and place the new wiper blade on the shaft of the wiper arm. Push gently until you hear the blade snap into place. If you need help, there are usually instructions on the packaging.
7) Replace the wiper arm back on the windshield.
Test it out by turning on your wipers, making sure you don’t hear any noises. Turn on your wiper fluid just to be sure things are working smoothly.
That’s it you’re done!
Of course, keeping vehicle windows clean inside and out is always a good idea and will help if you have crappy wipers, but replacing them really does make a huge difference. Don’t be intimidated like I was – replacing your wipers is easy.