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DIY: How To Replace Your Windshield Wipers

In order to drive safely in even the worst weather you need to have good windshield wipers.

 

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Unfortunately wiper blades are like a leaking roof, you only think about them when it rains. I recommend replacing wiper blades every year, preferably just before winter hits.

If you live in the land of ice and snow as I do, you may want to consider winter blades. Winter blades have all the pivot points under a rubber cover that prevents water getting in and freezing the blade mechanism.

What you will need:

  1. Tape measure
  2. Small pocket screwdriver
  3. Needlenose pliers
  4. Anti-seize compound (Optional)
  5. New wiper blades

Before You Start:

Follow these instructions carefully. Read and be sure you understand them before you begin. Gather together all of your tools and supplies before you begin. Allow plenty of time to do the job so you don't have to hurry. Remember that these are general instructions. For more detailed instructions pertaining to your specific vehicle, consult an appropriate repair manual.

Safety is important whenever you're working around machinery. Beware of hot objects, sharp instruments and hazardous materials. Don't substitute tools unless you're sure you won't compromise either your safety or the performance of your vehicle. Never work on a vehicle that is only supported by a jack. Use jack stands to support the vehicle while you work. Work on a solid, level surface. Never jack a car up on dirt or grass.

With that said, let's get to work!

Lift one of the wiper arms, the driver's-side arm is easiest, off the windshield against its spring tension and keep lifting until the pivot point locks the arm upright. (Figure A)


(Figure A)

Some wiper arms will only come up two, maybe three inches off the windshield. If you raise the wiper arm and it only comes up a small amount, don't force it. There is a locking tab at the base of the wiper that will lock it in a raised position.

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