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How to Replace a Windshield Wiper Switch

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A car windshield wiper switch is the signal your wiper motor and wiper blades need in order to clean your windshield. It also controls the speed at which your wipers wipe at so this switch it very important for the view of your driving and the cleanliness of your windshield.

Part 1 of 1: Replacing a windshield wiper switch

Materials Needed

  • Allen set (metric) & standard sockets
  • Assorted pliers
  • Assorted screw drivers
  • Brass hammer
  • Clip remover
  • Combination wrench set (metric & standard)
  • Disposable gloves
  • Emery cloth “sandpaper”
  • Flashlight
  • Metric and standard wrench set
  • Pry bar
  • Ratchet (3/8)
  • Seal remover
  • Socket set (metric & standard ⅜ drive)
  • Socket set (metric & standard ¼ drive)
  • Torque wrench (3/8)
  • Torx socket set
  • Wiper removal tool

Step 1: Removing old window wiper switch. First thing you want to do is grab the correct assortment of tools you will need for this job. Now you want to remove the plastic panel surrounding the window wiper switch so that you may be able to access it to remove it.

Now that you have removed the plastic pieces surrounding the window wiper switch you can now unplug it and start to loosen the bolts that are holding it securely to the steering column.

Once you get the window wiper switch removed you can now get ready to install the new one.

Part 2 of 2: Installing the new window wiper switch

Step 1: Install the new window wiper switch. Now it's time to reinstall the window switch you need to place it in the location it goes and start to thread in the screws that hold it in place and tighten them up.

Now you can plug in the connector and start to reassemble the plastic housing that the window wiper switch lives in.

Now you want to test it to ensure it works properly if it does you have completed this job well done.

Replacing your windshield wiper switch is very important because this switch is what lets you operate your wipers so you can clear the rain or the snow or the dirt off your windshield so you can see. Without it working that would not be a good time trying to drive in the rain, snow, or dusty weather.

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