Change wiper blades yourself
by Alex Steil
Never pay a shop to change wiper blades
Changing wiper blades is easy even for the least skilled DIYer. There are several different styles of wiper arms and blades but they all have one thing in common; the wiper blades snap off the wiper arm by releasing a latch.
Several styles of wiper arms
The wiper arm is the piece that connects to the wiper transmission and moves the wiper blade across the windshield. Over the years, carmakers have used six different wiper blade attachment methods. The “J-hook” is the most common type on late-model vehicles.
Change wiper blades on a J-hook style wiper arm
CAUTION: You will be lifting the wiper arm off the windshield and removing the wiper blade. The wiper arm is spring-loaded. Once the blade is removed, the J-hook is exposed. If the spring-loaded wiper arm slips out of your hand and hits the windshield, it can crack the glass. Always place a towel on the glass to prevent accidental glass breakage.
Step #1 Lift the wiper arm off the glass
Step #2 Lay towel on glass to prevent breakage
Step #3 Locate wiper blade relase tab and latch
Step #4 Use a key to pop up the latch (if equipped)
Rotate latch to full open position
Step #5 Depress tab and push wiper blade down to disengage from J-hook
Step #6 Align new wiper blade with J-hook and push up into the hook until it latches in place
Install winter wiper blades for best snow removal
Winter wiper blades have a flexible rubber boot surrounding the structure to prevent ice from forming and causing streaks.
Posted on by Rick Muscoplat
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