Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do I replace the wiper blades?

asked by on

How do I replace the wiper blades?

Your wipers provide visibility when it’s raining, sleeting or snowing. They’re crucial to safe driving. However, they will wear out over time and you’ll need to replace them before they cause damage to the windshield. Not sure how to do that? Here’s what you need to know:

  1. Pull up the driver side wiper arm

  2. Pull up the passenger side wiper arm

  3. Lift the lock tab on the wiper blade (start with the driver side)

  4. Slide the blade off the arm itself

  5. Locate the metal tabs at the end of the wiper blade

  6. Squeeze them together and pull the blade out of the holder

  7. Remove the retainer, which is a flat metal, and install on new blade as needed

  8. Slide the new blade into the holder

  9. Reattach the wiper to the arm (make sure it locks securely in place)

  10. Repeat these steps for the passenger side

  11. Lower the wiper arms when you’re done

Tips

  • Don’t let the wiper arms fall on the windshield when the wipers are off. This can chip or even crack the glass.

  • If you don’t want to replace the inserts, you can replace the entire wiper and holder (more expensive, but faster).

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Would u buy a1995 honda civic that needs radiator hose, tires, battery ,tune up and an oil change for 450. Seem like quivk fixes

There are several versions of this car and the used car value depends on the exact version that you are looking at as well as the amount of mileage on the car. If the car were running and not in...

Q: How do I turn off the defoggers?

Defoggers work to remove dew, frost and other moisture from your windows to help you see better and drive more safely. Locate the button for the defogger and rear defogger on your dashboard. Press the button to active the...

Q: Is My Rear Wiper Legally Required to Operate?

Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) specify that manufacturers must include rear wipers on all new motor vehicles sold in the United States. However, current FMVSS standards do not require that a passenger motor vehicle be equipped with a rear...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.