How to Replace Windshield Wiper Blades
It's a good idea to change your windshield wiper blades once a year at least; twice a year, if you're in a rainy climate. Most experts recommend replacing the whole blade and not just the inserts. Here are some quick tips on how to replace your windshield wiper blades:
- Look online for an instructional video by searching the title of this article.
- Look in your vehicle's owner's manual for instructions on finding the right blades for your make and model. Determine whether you need a special blade depending on the season or other circumstances.
- Clean your windshield washer jets (you'll find them just below the front windshield, or just above the rear windshield) with a toothbrush, a fine needle, or an old guitar string, and fill up the fluid reservoir.
- Several different types of washing fluid is available. Consider whether you want an anti-bug formula, de-icing formula, or the basic all-weather variety.
- The package of new blades might contain several types of attachments. Choose the one that matches the attachment on your existing blade.
- Gently pull the windshield wiper arm away from the car. It should pivot so that it sticks out straight.
- Remove the blade from the arm. You may have to use a screwdriver or other object to release a tab.
- Replace the old blade with the new one, just reversing the manner in which you took the old one off, and pivoting the arm back into place.
- Test the new blades by letting them wash your windows.