How to Replace Windshield Wipers
Purchasing new wiper blades when you have your oil changed is for complete convenience. The price is nearly doubled compared to purchasing the blades and installing them yourself. It is a simple project and it doesn’t require expensive tools or a great deal of time as other automotive repair/replacement can. The following will guide you through changing wiper blades on a vehicle.
Changing Windshield Wiper Blades
Step 1: Go to the store such as Walmart or Advance Auto Parts and head to the wiper blade department. There you will find a manual for wiper blades hanging from the shelf. Look up your Make, Model, and Year of your vehicle to find the correct length.
NOTE: Each manufacture will have a specific code such as C-20-UB or use the length of the blade (22″) to help customers identify the right blade. In the manual each vehicle will have several codes listed along with the length required. Use this to purchase the right blades.
NOTE: Some vehicles such as a Chevrolet Caviler or SUVs with a rear wiper blade will have different sizes required. Be sure to review the manual for the correct length for each blade. Even the front blades may be different sizes.
Step 2: After you have purchased the blades, remove them from the package.
Removing a Wiper Blade
Step 3: Remove your old wiper blade by pressing the small latch release on the bottom of the wiper blade (1 below) and the wiper blade arm attached to your vehicle.
Step 4: Pull the blade off of the arm (2 below).
Step 5: Place the new wiper blade on the arm (1 below) and pull down (2 below) until the blade clicks in place (3 below).
Step 6: Test your wiper blades by spraying wiper fluid and using the blades. Inspect the blades after use to make sure the blades are securely attached to the wiper blade arm.
Changing the wiper blades on your vehicle takes between five and ten minutes and cost typically under $10. The time to change your blades is in the fall and right before spring. During the winter months climate changes with snow and ice will deteriorate the blades more quickly and new blades are often required before the spring rainy season. Save yourself money by doing this easy project by yourself.
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